We will start prepping for the off-season this week with looks at the projected roster and payrolls and where the Rays need to make changes. But before we get there let’s get caught up on some links…


  • The Rays have removed Rich Thompson and minor league pitcher Wilking Rodriguez from the 40-man roster. [Marc Topkin]
  • We have heard Mayor Bill Foster hint at this in the past, and we all knew it was likely, but now the City of St. Pete has officially (?) threatened to sue Hillsborough County officials that discuss a new stadium with the Rays. [TampaBay.com]
  • Ken Hagan who has been the most vocal official on the east side of the bay deemed the legal threat minimal, saying Hillsborough County is fine as long as they don’t discuss specific locations. [TBO.com]
  • The Mets are open to trading Ike Davis, who would fit nicely at first base for the Rays. Unfortunately, the Mets will probably value Davis more on his career-high 32 home runs, than on his career-low .308 OBP and .331 wOBA. [ESPN.com]
  • Ronde Barber was recently on 620 WDAE and spoke about BJ Upton and his free agency and Barber’s decision in free agency to remain with the Bucs his entire career. Barber makes it clear that the situations are very different as Barber was never a free agent in his prime (fast-forward to 34:50 for the comments). [WDAE]
  • BRaysball Talk names their 2012 Moment of the Year for the Rays. [BRaysball Talk]
  • Brutal, brutal end to the Bucs game yesterday. [JoeBucsFan]






  1. CRRaysHead90 says:

    There's a reason I'm sick of the St. Pete City Council and their Mayor. This story exemplifies it.

  2. Maybe, Bill Foster is representing the majority of taxpayers in St Pete. The Rays can leave whenever they like, as long as they pay their lease.

    The Rays are making him look like a hero to the voting majority.

    It reminds me of someone who buys a house cheaply next to an airport and then complains about the noise and demands the airport be closed.


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