USATSI_7976085_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 6, Yankees 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Sean Rodriguez continues to produce, sorta. Two more hits including his 8th home run. He is hitting just .215 and his OBP is a horrible .260. But if kept the same home run pace and was an everyday player, he would be on pace for 39 home runs…Brad Boxberger. So far, Joe Maddon is sticking to his promise of a true closer-by-committee, with Boxbergler getting the final 3 outs on Wednesday with 2 coming by strikeout.

THE BAD: Evan Longoria. Whatever is wrong with Longoria is now in his head. In just the past week we’ve seen him sulking in the dugout long after a game had ended and he has slammed at least 2 helmets on strikeouts…Baserunning. Joe Maddon has decided to get back to being more aggressive on the basepaths, saying the team had been waiting for things to happen and things weren’t happening. That, by itself, is great. But there is aggressive and there is too aggressive. The Rays can’t continue to give away 4 outs on the basepaths. That will come back to haunt them.

THE TELLING: According to the Herald-SunVince Belnome has been called up to the Rays. It is not clear who he is replacing, but the guess would be Cesar Ramos who is expected to take paternity leave on Friday or Saturday. That would also explain why there has been no official announcement yet…Wilson Betemit, Merrill Kelly, Mikie Mahtook, and Mike Montgomery have been named to the International League All-Star team…Joel Peralta’s appearance yesterday tied Estaban Yan for most appearances by a pitcher in franchise history (266)…The Rays are now 38-49, 1.0 game behind the Red Sox for 4th place in the East and 9.5 games behind the Blue Jays. On June 11, the Rays were 15 games behind the Jays…The Rays are 16-13 this season when they wear navy jerseys (including the faux-back jersey). They are 20-35 in all other jerseys…Don’t look now, but the Rays chances of making the playoffs is up to 4.1%. It was not long ago that it was less than 1%…On Monday, James Shields will make his first start at the Trop since being traded…Friday’s and Sunday’s games against the Tigers will be aired on ESPN.


  • The Rays have reached an agreement to sign one of the best international free agents, Adrian Rondon, a 15-year-old shortstop. They will give him a $3.3 million bonus which is above their allowed limit. The Rays will have to pay a tax and be limited in their ability to sign international free agents the next two open periods. [MLBTR]
  • According to Marc Topkin, Adrian Rondon is being compared to Starlin Castro and Hanley Ramirez.
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresAlex Colome struck out 6 and walked 2 in 7 innings. He allowed just 1 run in the Bulls’ 5-3 win. The big blow was Mikie Mahtook’s 8th home run, a 3-run shot in the 5th inning. Right fielder Justin Christian and second baseman Robby Price each went 3-3 with a walk….Montgomery managed just 3 hits in a 7-0 loss while Victor Mateo allowed 7 runs in 5 innings…Josh Sale hit his 3rd home run of the season in Charlotte’s loss…




  1. ken says:

    Longo has opened up his stance again. Check photos of his stance against Kuroda and Nuno vs what it was 10 days ago. Maybe that's part of the problem.

  2. Dave L says:

    That MLBTR article also says he was Baseball Americas #1 of the Top 30 rated international prospects as of July 2.

    The article goes on to say Rays must pay a $1M Tax over and above the $3M, if I am reading it correctly.

    I can't read the BA rankings cause I'm not a subscriber.

    Sounds like it could be a big event eventually.

    • Joe Dunn says:

      I agree with you . . . .I dont subscribe to any of the PAY sites. . . . .like who has a monopoly on information and we should PAY for it??

      I am not gonna hold my breath , it will be a long time until this kid is running out on the field at the Trop (I mean the new field in downtown Tampa)

  3. says:

    Can you or a poster please explain the process of signing Rondon? How many years is he locked up for? When and fpr who can he play? Sort of blind on the internation stuff. Thanks

    • Cork Gaines says:

      It is the same as any minor league contract (not that any contract situation in baseball is simple). Since he is not 19, the Rays can keep him in the minors for up to 8 years (players signed at 19+ have 7 years). He can be on a regular minor league contract for 5 years. At that point, the Rays can either add him to the 40-man roster (25 big leaguers plus 15 other minor leaguers the team wants to protect) or they risk having him drafted by another team in the Rule 5 minor league draft (which is designed to protect minor leaguers stuck in one organization). After 5 years, if he is added to the 40-man roster, he can then be kept in the minors for up 3 years on minor league "options." Once those 3 options are used up, they have to promote him to the big leagues or place him on waivers.

      Anyway, that's the longest-possible scenario and the clock starts ticking as soon as he signs his contract, so this will be year 1. He can be on a standard minor league contract through his age-19 season. And then they can, if need be, keep in the minors through his age-22 season.

      In other words, they can be very patient and dont have to rush. However, from what I have read, he projects as a kid that might be ready in 4-5 years, by the time he is 20.

      The downside is that most players come up when they are 22 or 23 and still have 2 or 3 minor league options, which gives the team flexibility to send the player back down if needed. This kid may not have that flexibility if it takes him longer than expected.

      • Ted Sheckler says:

        The 5 years will actually cover ages 16 through 20. He can't officially sign until he turns 16. The 3 option years will be from 21 through 23. He'll still be 23 on opening day after his options run out, but he'll turn 24 mid-season. If any of this even matters, he certainly isn't what they thought he would be.


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