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Friday, October 19, 2018

Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium

But it’s safe to say stadium backers are looking at a combination of ways to pay the projected $892 million cost for a ballpark in the team’s preferred Ybor City location — among them, a community development district, tourism tax revenues, naming rights, corporate sponsorships and a team contribution.

And one other option, called an Opportunity Zone, that has captured the imagination of deep-pocketed investors, developers and politicians interested in reviving depressed inner city neighborhoods.

The creation of bipartisan congressional sponsors as part of the sweeping 2017 GOP tax cut plan, the Opportunity Zone legislation is so new the Internal Revenue Service hasn’t issued final rules yet on how to use it.

No one knows exactly how it would work, but it could mean that hundreds of investors seeking to reduce their tax payments would end up owning a piece of the ballpark.

A Baseball Fan Posted: October 19, 2018 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Snell wins 20th, ties Rays record in 4-0 victory over Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — For Blake Snell, all the setbacks set up all these victories.

Snell became the major leagues’ first 20-game winner in two years, helping pitch the Tampa Bay Rays past the Texas Rangers 4-0 Tuesday night.

Snell (20-5) threw one-hit ball for five innings and tied the Tampa Bay record for victories in a season. David Price also won 20 in his Cy Young Award season of 2012.

So, how many of you would have guessed that Blake Snell had twenty wins before this was posted?

QLE Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, pitcher wins, rays

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rays Disrupt Baseball’s Tanking Industry by — Get This — Trying to Win - The New York Times

One of the complaints I’ve heard about the opener is it costs pitchers wins. The other day one of MLB Radio’s hosts made an interesting comment about wins. He said using an opener will help a pitcher get more wins not less.That’s because as a starter a pitchers needs to go five innings to get a win. A reliever, of course, has no such requirement. With such high reliever usage a pitcher can come in the second, pitch three or four good innings and end up with a win. True this. Of course, the opener doesn’t get any wins and only picks up losses.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2018 at 03:10 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Shane Baz is the player to be named later in the Chris Archer deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This was a very good trade for the Rays.

Still, the Meadows-Glasnow-Baz price tag is significant, as will be the criticism general manager Neal Huntington takes in some circles for agreeing to it — an ironic twist, given the heat he previously was under for failing to materially improve the roster.

Considerable upside aside, Baz — and Meadows and Glasnow, for that matter — is far from a sure thing. If they all reach their peaks as Archer fails to reach his, it’ll be looked back upon as a disaster. If they don’t, and if Archer returns to something approaching his 2015 self, it won’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 09:14 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, rays, shane baz

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Wander Franco, Emulating Jose Ramirez, Proves A Quick Study

The next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, wander franco

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The most influential role in baseball may cease to exist

The Tampa Bay Rays have dispensed with the traditional starting pitcher—and succeeded

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:13 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, rays, starter usage

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wilson Ramos Placed On DL, Expected To Be Sidelined Beyond Non-Waiver Trade Deadline

With teams like the Nationals and Astros at least exploring the market for catching upgrades, the Rays were a near-certainty to cash in on Ramos and land a new prospect or two to add to their minor league ranks. That now looks unlikely — at least in the month of July. It’s possible that Ramos could return at some point in August, though it’s doubtful that he’d clear waivers. Still, that doesn’t necessarily preclude the possibility of a deal coming together.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Alex Colome, Denard Span traded to Mariners

Dipoto improved both his bullpen and outfield with a two-for-two deal, acquiring Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome, veteran outfielder Denard Span and cash for Minor League starters Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2018 at 11:37 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alex colome, denard span, mariners, rays, trade

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Zack Cozart is concerned the Rays ‘have an ulterior motive’ in starting Sergio Romo

“I feel like teams have an ulterior motive when they are doing this,” Cozart said before the Angels’ game on Tuesday night. “Less starting pitching means you don’t have to pay guys as much.”
...
“I’m more concerned about the financial aspect of three or four years down the road, if your whole staff is bullpenning except a couple guys, your payroll is going to go down because you don’t have to pay starters anymore,” he said.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

MLBN: Kenny on Rays Starting Romo

Chris Russo talks with Brian Kenny about the Rays starting Sergio Romo in back-to-back games

Got earplugs?

Stormy JE Posted: May 22, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, chris russo, kevin cash, rays, sergio romo

Saturday, April 28, 2018

As Rays beat Red Sox, a new debate about Blake Snell — is he an ace?

Snell continued his impressive start to this season, and extended his late 2017 turnaround, with another impressive outing in a tough test, beating the baseball-best Red Sox on a cold Friday night at Fenway Park.

“He certainly looked the part tonight, looked the part of that No. 1, elite, whatever you want to call it,’’ manager Kevin Cash said, stopping just short of the a-word. “He did his job.’‘’

And a bunch of other Rays did theirs, as the 4-3 win over Boston was their seventh straight, extending their longest streak since 2014, as they continued their climb back from that 1-8 start to 11-13.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2018 at 11:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, rays

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays re-sign first baseman Carlos Pena

Big time rush…to sign him!

The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed first baseman Carlos Pena, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed.

Pena has seemed a good fit to return to the Rays throughout the off-season, as we’ve written and talked about repeatedly.

Pena played for the Rays from 2007-10, then moved to the Cubs last season. Agent Scott Boras told the Tampa Bay Times last week that Pena was open to a return to the Rays, where he had success and enjoyed the experience, and Pena told MLB Network Radio last week he was considering several options. He made $10-million last season with the Cubs.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rays

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Former Oriole Luke Scott signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay

Luke Scott: Rebirtherr.

Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option, according to an industry source.

Exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Scott, 33, was in his final year of arbitration after making $6.4 million in an injury-marred 2011 that ended in July, when he decided to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. In December, the Orioles decided not to tender him a contract—he would have made at least $6 million and likely more—and allowed him to become a free agent.

There was talk that the club wanted him back on a lesser deal, but the Orioles never made a push this offseason to re-sign him.

Repoz Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays

Friday, January 06, 2012

How The Greg Reynolds Trade Is More Interesting Than You Think

How could it possibly be more interesting?

We’ll begin with the biggie. Reynolds, of course, was selected second overall by the Rockies in 2006. He was selected right after Luke Hochevar, and right before Evan Longoria. The Rockies’ selection of Reynolds was thought to be a reach, and it took the Rays by surprise. The Rays had another plan, assuming the Rockies would take Longoria. That plan? Andrew Friedman:

We had Evan Longoria first on our board…We thought Longoria was going to go two to Colorado, and we had cut a deal with Tim Lincecum, to take three….

Reynolds’ failures were magnified because the Rockies nearly drafted Long Beach State third baseman Evan Longoria before turning to the Stanford pitcher. At the time, the Rockies felt starting pitching was more of a priority with Garrett Atkins and [Ian] Stewart both in the fold.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rays, rockies

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Jonah Keri: The Myth of the Small-Market Window

We’re not selling blinds here.

There is a nugget of truth behind this Window obsession. Smaller-revenue teams have a tougher time signing premium free agents, or retaining their own top players past their initial six years of team control. That puts extra pressure on these poorer teams to bring up a bunch of great prospects all at once, then hope they get good at the same time before they get expensive.

But far more often it’s a bullshit excuse. It’s a vague, faraway goal that always seems several years out of reach. It’s a cover for cheap, greedy ownership, lousy scouting, drafting, and player development, and myopic trades. It’s a weak attempt to placate a fan base screwed over by years of management incompetence and indifference.

Or in the case of the Oakland A’s, their recent fire sale and justification for said fire sale, it’s a bold-faced ploy by one opportunistic owner to win territory from another opportunistic owner so that another city can hand out another $500 million check for another boondoggle stadium.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 03:28 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rays

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cubs Sign Andy Sonnanstine

In yet another “buy low” move, the Cubs have signed former Rays righthander Andy Sonnanstine to a non-guaranteed split contract—i.e. he’ll make more if he makes the major league team.

Sonnanstine looked promising in his first two seasons with the Rays, particularly in 2008 when he posted a 101 ERA+ and had an excellent walk ratio of 1.7 per nine innings and had two good starts for the Rays in the 2008 postseason. But he has regressed the last three years, was banished to the Rays’ bullpen and spent much of 2011 at Triple-A Durham.

Sonnanstine will be 29 in March. He’s a reclamation project, but at that age he’s got a much better chance to be productive than the retreads (Doug Davis, Ramon Ortiz, Rodrigo Lopez) that Jim Hendry signed last year.

Thanks to Pete.

Repoz Posted: December 27, 2011 at 02:07 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rays

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jayson Stark (ESPN): Strange stuff … in the 2011 postseason

The postseason edition of trivia and oddbits that Jayson Stark excels at collecting and presenting…

Here’s one I didn’t know:

All four teams that advanced to the LCS—the Cardinals, Brewers, Rangers and Tigers—got outscored by the teams they played in the Division Series … and won.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Report: Jorge Posada could play for Rays

Yup, seeing that Posada hit about a buck eighty away from Yankee Stadium the last two seasons…

If Jorge Posada has any baseball juice left, he could try to squeeze it out in Tampa Bay.

ESPN Deportes is reporting the Rays are interested in perhaps inking the veteran Puerto Rican to be a part-time first baseman, designated hitter and play a little at his “old” position at catcher.

ESPN Deportes also indicated the Phillies and Orioles are interested parties for 40-year-old veteran’s services, though it is not yet known if the ex-Yankees star is ready to call it quits.

A role for Posada, who has 275 career homers and 1.065 RBIs, in Tampa Bay could make the most sense, except that veteran starting catcher Jose Molina is a well-seasoned 36-year-old.

Repoz Posted: December 25, 2011 at 11:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, yankees

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays

Has Jace Brewer drawn a walk yet? Just checking.

1. Matt Moore, lhp
2. Hak-Ju Lee, ss
3. Chris Archer, rhp
4. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp
5. Alex Colome, rhp
6. Alex Torres, lhp
7. Tim Beckham, ss
8. Enny Romero, lhp
9. Drew Vettleson, of
10. Mikie Mahtook, of

While Tampa Bay continued to win in the majors, it also restocked its system. The Rays received five youngsters from the Cubs for Garza, including three quality prospects in shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, righthander Chris Archer and outfielder Brandon Guyer.

The exodus of seven free agents gave Tampa Bay 10 compensation draft choices and an unprecedented 12 picks in the first two rounds. The Rays’ first two picks weren’t supposed to get to them, high school righthander Taylor Guerrieri at No. 24 and Louisiana State outfielder Mikie Mahtook at No. 31, and they continued to blend college players and prep talent afterward.

Repoz Posted: December 21, 2011 at 09:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, rays, scouting

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Boston Red Sox - Red Sox have more competition than ever - The Boston Globe

This week’s Boston Globe Sunday baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2011 at 02:32 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves, mets, miami, nationals, orioles, phillies, rangers, rays, red sox, yankees

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rays: Sonnanstine non-tenderered, Howell gets contract

Huh? I’m still waiting on Dan Pleasesac’s promised Cy Youngy-breakout season from Sonnanstine.

On Howell: Friedman noted how much a grind the season seemed to be on Howell physically and mentally coming off major shoulder surgery and seemed confident 2012 will be better. “We’re big believers in who J.P. is and what he’s done to put himself in a position to have a good 2012 season. J.P. is one of those guys you bet on. And we’re optimistic he’ll be part of a hopefully well-above average bullpen.’’ He said they hope Howell - a free spirit as it is - “takes this winter to relax and clear his mind and come into spring free and clear and get back to strutting off the mound.’‘

Howell made $1.1-million last season, and isn’t going to be in line for much of a raise, so the Rays could end up with a bargain. On the other hand, Howell got paid $1.8-million for the 2010 season he missed after the surgery.

On Sonnanstine: Friedman made a point of acknowleding how large a role Sonnanstine played in their success over the last four seasons, saying “we’ve all been through so much together.’‘’ But with the rotation deep and the bullpen taking shape, Friedman said there was no longer “an optimal fit” for Sonnanstine.  “Looking back we thank him for everything he did, looking forward we felt like there would be better opportunities for him elsewhere.’‘

Sonnanstine made $912,500 last season and also would have likely gotten a small raise, so the Rays can rellocate that money elsewhere.

Repoz Posted: December 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rays

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price doesn’t fight man urinating on car - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

Ha!

“I was relieved with how it turned out,” Price said jokingly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2011 at 03:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Friday, December 09, 2011

ESPN: Crasnick: Rays sign Moore for 5/14

Electric Boogalongoria.

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement with rookie pitcher Matt Moore on a guaranteed five-year, $14 million contract, according to a baseball source.

The deal includes multiple club options and could extend to eight years for a guaranteed $37.5 million and buy out two years of Moore’s free agency, the source said. It includes escalator clauses based on innings pitched and games started that could raise the overall value to $40 million.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 09, 2011 at 04:38 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

John A. Torres: After 34 years, this fan lets go of the Mets

The Florida Fight for Independence—From the Mets…

It started June 15, 1977 and the divorce was finalized on Sunday night, Dec. 4, 2011 when Jose Reyes — the best New York Mets player since Tom Seaver — left Queens for a new address in South Beach.

It is now officially over between the Mets and I.

...Sunday night’s decision to not even offer Jose Reyes a contract is akin to beheading someone who is on life support. It’s over, there’s no question about it. Kaput. The Mets are dead and will forever be so.

The tight-fisted ownership of the Mets — who were stupid or greedy enough to place their money with charlatan Bernie Madoff — have had trouble filling seats in their beautiful new ballpark. I’ve been there and it really is an amazing place to watch baseball. But no one in their right mind is going to fork over $10 for a beer and $6 for a hot dog to watch the likes of Ruben Tejada, R.A. Dickey and Jason Bay. The Wilpon family had better get used to seeing empty seats in their gorgeous park.

...Breakups hurt and the best thing for me to do with this one is to rip this one off like a band-aid.

It’s time to find someone new.

Goodbye Mets, hello Tampa Rays.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, mets, miami, rays

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