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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Josh Lueke Is A Rapist, You Say? Keep Saying It.

But during that Saturday night game, editor Erik Hahmann suggested that enough was enough. “It gets brought up every game by some ####### on twitter,” he tweeted. What ensued was a discussion, largely made up of male writers and fans, about the etiquette of reminding people that Lueke raped a woman.

Lars6788 Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brett myers, josh lueke, rape, rays, when enough is enough

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Matt Moore has torn UCL; Tommy John surgery possible

Further testing on Matt Moore’s left elbow Wednesday revealed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. The Rays and Moore are deciding on the next step, which is either surgery or rehabilitation.

“Honestly, let’s just wait until (today). I don’t have everything in,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said after Wednesday’s 7-3 loss to the Royals. “It needs to be looked at a little more deeply, because it’s not a slam-dunk surgery right now.”

Moore, placed on the disabled list Tuesday with left elbow soreness, could miss at least a month if he chooses to rehab without surgery. If the 24-year-old opts for the reconstructive surgery known as Tommy John surgery, he will miss at least 12 months.

Moore left Monday’s loss to the Royals in the fifth inning complaining of pain in his left elbow when he threw his change-up. He said the pain was similar to, but not as severe as, the pain in the same location he experienced last summer that forced him to the disabled list for more than a month.

...Moore said Tuesday he was hoping the injury was just bruising from the ligament rubbing against something in his arm while he threw the change-up, because the pain did not occur when he threw his other pitches. He also said he didn’t feel a pop, which some pitchers experience when they completely tear the UCL.

“Maybe something clicked in there,” Moore said. “Maybe I got little aggressive out front with one of the change-ups and something rubbed wrong or clicked, and once you kind of hit something, it kind of just stays around for a second.”

A tear would explain why the velocity on Moore’s fastball has decreased since 2011, when he arrived on the scene in September with a flourish, throwing in the high 90s.

Thanks to CV.

Repoz Posted: April 10, 2014 at 06:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Sunday, April 06, 2014

TBT: Rays sign Yunel Escobar to two-year extension

Though Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said a driving force of the offseason plans was keeping the infield intact, extending SS Yunel Escobar wasn’t on his radar.

As much as the Rays love Escobar, he was under contract through 2015 (a favorable $5 million club option). But Escobar, 31, approached Friedman a few weeks into spring training and made clear his “strong desire” to stay longer.


Friedman said the team took a “calculated risk” on Escobar, who was suspended for three games in 2012 for wearing eye-black stickers with a gay slur written on them.

But Friedman said it has worked out “as good as we could have asked for,” with Escobar a Gold Glove finalist last year, contributing offensively and bringing an infectious enthusiasm.

2015: $5 million
2016: $7 million
2017: $7 million club option/$1 million buyout

Jim Wisinski Posted: April 06, 2014 at 11:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Rays notes: Archer ready to take his turn

I hope he doesn’t drink the bad water going around.

[Chris] Archer, 25, signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract Wednesday that also has two option years, which can raise the value to $43.75 million.

“It’s outstanding,” manager Joe Maddon said. “When you get that commitment both ways, from the owners to the player and the player’s commitment back to the organization, my first thought is, that’s the way to become consistent in regards to winning and establishing a tradition. Great moment for both sides, and I’m really happy for Archer and his family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, rays

Friday, March 28, 2014

WSJ: Deee-fense: Baseball’s Big Shift Playing the field suddenly is becoming a sophisticated science

Baseball’s approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams “shifted” 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. [...]

Last season, the Pirates “shifted,” meaning they had three infielders on one side of second base or in significantly nontraditional positions, 494 times, compared with 105 in 2012. [...]

The Pirates defense “saved” 77 runs in all, or 77 runs better than an average defense, third-most in Major League Baseball.The Pirates also finished above .500 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Boston Red Sox shifted 478 times in 2013, compared with 199 in 2012. Those shifts saved the Red Sox 15 runs during the course of the season, second-most in baseball. They won the World Series. (The Rays were first in runs saved by shifts.) [...]

Still, not everyone is on board. The St. Louis Cardinals, the game’s model franchise of late, shifted infielders just 107 times last season, about 50% more than 2012, but nothing on the scale of the Orioles (595 shifts), Rays (556 shifts) or Brewers (538 shifts).


bobm Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, orioles, pirates, rays, red sox, shift

Monday, March 24, 2014

Alex Colome suspended 50 games

Like pitch counts, PEDs aren’t going away.

Bruce Markusen Posted: March 24, 2014 at 08:53 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, steroids, suspensions

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Great Expectations, Great Variations «

Jonah Keri checks in from spring training.

Every team wants to develop its own Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw. Not every team tries to do that in the same way, however. To better understand baseball’s competing prospect philosophies, we hit the spring training circuit.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, rays, red sox, spring training, twins

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Castrovince: Shift is on: Odd defensive alignments the new norm

The Rays no longer retain an edge in this particular defensive department. If anything, their shifting strategy is the new norm, a practice employed by everyone from up-and-coming to established managers. Because whether you’re analyzing the statistics or the employment practices in Major League Baseball today, one thing is clear:

The shift is on.

As far as the metrics are concerned, the numbers of defensive shifts on balls in play tracked by Baseball Info Solutions’ (BIS) video studies over the last four seasons were as follows:

2010: 2,465
2011: 2,358
2012: 4,577
2013: 8,134

A 94-percent jump from 2011-12 is eye-catching, in and of itself. A 245-percent rise from 2011-13 is meteoric.

“I would say it’s in large part due to much more attention being paid to the data,” said a National League advance scout. “Even something as simple as spray charts include much more information than what was previously available.”

What is also available is a mountain of data that confirms a severe decline in offense, with last year’s run production at its lowest level in more than two decades, and league-wide batting average at its lowest point in more than four.

Now, how much credit does the shift movement get for this decline, especially when there are so many other factors—the crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs, the increase in average velocity, the popularity of the ever-vexing cutter, to name but a few—in play?

Hard to say, truthfully.

There are, however, numbers that would lead you to believe the value of hitters who can hit with authority to the opposite field is particularly high in this defensive day and age.

Thanks to WS.

Repoz Posted: March 05, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Speier: Reliefonomics: Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop offers a different outlook

Badenhop acknowledges bad hops.

Of all the soundtracks that have greeted a reliever on the commute from the bullpen to the mound, it’s safe to suggest that the Freakonomics podcast has never been employed. Though an unabashed fan of the series, new Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop is unlikely to buck that trend. Yet in his own way, the right-hander—who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics from Bowling Green University—might make an intriguing subject for the series…

Badenhop’s consistency is nothing short of startling.

So how did it happen? The answer is as interesting as the phenomenon itself.

“It’s not something you shoot for. You try to progress. I obviously knew walks were one thing I can control, so I knew my walks, and from there the rest kind of fell in place,” suggested Badenhop, a sinkerballer who has consistently produced some of the highest ground ball rates in the game. “Me throwing the ball over the plate, that’s my job.

... “You can control if you throw a strike, you can control if you have movement and if you’re down in the zone, keeping the ball on the ground. Then once it’s hit, it’s not up to me. It’s my job to put it in the zone,” he continued. ” ...

Because Badenhop is a ground ball pitcher who relies considerably on his defense, he’s very mindful of the significance of the defense behind him and its positioning.

The notion was reinforced in 2011, Badenhop’s final year with the Marlins…  “I go back and look through the Rolodex of all my outs for the year, nowadays we have access to some good stuff and I can pull up how many outs the third baseman makes, whether a five-unassisted or 5-3 or 5-4, and I think it was five plays. Our third baseman was positioned where he fielded five ground balls after the fifth month of the year? What’s the point of him being out there? I’d rather him cover some of those dinky balls in the six-hole. He might as well be hitting off the tee getting ready for his next at-bat if he’s fielding one ball a month.

“I know when I brought that up to our infield coach in Miami,” Badenhop conceded, “he wasn’t as receptive as other places I’ve been.”  ...

Badenhop… takes considerable pleasure in… embracing a period when the sport where he earns his living is undergoing challenges to its conventional wisdom.

“You can play old school—which is playing hard and playing the right way—but if you don’t embrace new things, embrace change, those people are left behind,” said Badenhop. “I think the game is really starting to catch up. To be in an organization—Milwaukee last year, Tampa the year before, these guys this year—where they do pay attention to that stuff, it’s pretty awesome.”

The District Attorney Posted: March 04, 2014 at 10:21 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, burke badenhop, marlins, rays, red sox, sabermetrics

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Gammons: As team chemistry grows, Rays positioned for great season

Mourning Joe…Dillon.

The texts lit up Matt Silverman’s phone before 7 am Wednesday, when Mike Barnicle and Willie Geist asked a guest for a ground hog World Series prediction and the first two words of the answer were “Tampa Bay.” The Rays president knows that February promises won’t get a ballpark built or even a profit turned, but that “it’s good for people to be reminded what this team has done in this division, in this market and with our payroll.”

“People need to be reminded,” says the face of the franchise, Evan Longoria. In Longoria’s six seasons with the Rays, his team is the only team in the American League East to have won at least 90 games five times in six years, and in every one of those years did so with the lowest payroll in the division that considers itself baseball’s S.E.C.

...The people of Tampa shouldn’t need to be reminded of what winning 90 games five of the last six years means, which the Yankees and Red Sox haven’t done. They’ve done so despite a system that punished small market teams that are run well and reward big market teams that are inefficient businesses in terms of the draft. They’ve done it even if there are many who think the Rays and Tigers should flip divisions.

On the first day of March, almost every baseball person one talks to mentions the Rays as the team to beat in the American League if Price stays. One of these years the World Series is coming back to The Trop on The Island, Longoria is going to be the MVP, and the people from Sarasota to Fort Lonesome, Orlando to Indians Rock Beach are going to realize what they have, and what they’ll miss if nothing gets done and they move to Montreal.

Repoz Posted: March 02, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, February 20, 2014

St. Petersburg’s Kriseman, Rays’ Sternberg meet for ‘great conversation’

Hmmm…wonder if John Rocker and Mayor de Blasio will ever meet for ‘great conversation’.

Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and new St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman met Tuesday afternoon to talk baseball, their first official session since Kriseman took office.

“It was nice,’’ Sternberg said Wednesday morning at the Rays spring training site. “We had a great conversation and I’m very confident in his ability and his vision in leading the city.’‘

Sternberg said it was a productive discussion, but general in nature, with “nothing at all” decided and few specifics about the stadium situation.

...On Wednesday, Kriseman’s office issued a statement: “Mayor Kriseman and Rays leadership met on Tuesday to discuss the future of baseball in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area. Both parties agreed that such talks, based on mutual trust and respect, should remain private and not distract from what is sure to be another exciting season of Rays Baseball.’‘

Like previous Mayor Bill Foster before him, Kriseman has said he’s interested in keeping the Rays in St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, Sternberg said he is willing to discuss anything.

“Everything is an option, absolutely,’’ he said. “Our stance remains the same: that we’d like to explore opportunities that would enable the franchise to stay here for generations. And the way to get there is to find the best spot for the team and where it’s going to be for the next 50 or 70 years.’‘

Repoz Posted: February 20, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rays

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nats, Rays swap Lobaton and Karns

The Washington Nationals shored up their catching corps and added more talent to the upper levels of their Minor League system on Thursday, acquiring catcher Jose Lobaton, left-hander Felipe Rivero and outfielder Drew Vettleson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange, the Nationals sent right-handed starter Nathan Karns to the Rays. To clear space for Rivero on the team’s 40-man roster, right-hander Erik Davis was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain.

BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: February 13, 2014 at 04:03 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, rays

Monday, February 10, 2014

Topkin: Analysts down on Rays’ farm system

Those rankings are subjective, snapshots based on arbitrary criteria. But for an organization with the objective to build through player development, it’s not an encouraging sign.

Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman didn’t totally disagree with the critical analysis.

“I think we have a lot of depth in our system,” he said. “I think the one area we’re probably not as good as we’d like it to be is in the elite kind of top-end talent, not having as many high-end guys as we would like. But I think the depth is pretty strong.” ...

RAYS RUMBLINGS: Manager Joe Maddon turned 60 Saturday, celebrating the night before at a surprise party staged by his wife, Jaye. “Sixty is the new 40,” Maddon said. ...

EX-RAYS RUMBLINGS: Johnny Damon turned 40 in November and (apart from the WBC) hasn’t played since August 2012, but he said he’s not necessarily done, open to playing or managing, but only in the majors.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: February 10, 2014 at 02:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: farm system, joe maddon, johnny damon, rays

Friday, January 24, 2014

Rays bring in Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour, by Jim Bouton

Free-agent closer Grant Balfour reached agreement on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

The Mets extended an identical offer to Balfour, a source told, but Balfour chose the Rays because he lives in the area.

Balfour, a 36-year-old Australia native, went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves last season in Oakland and made the American League All-Star team. He pitched previously in Tampa Bay from 2007-10.

“We’ve had some exceptional teams,” Rays owner Stu Sternberg said. “We want to give this organization the best chance to win, and we know it’s going to cost us more than we can afford to pay.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 09:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, grant balfour, rays, relievers

Rays acquire Logan Forsythe from Padres in seven-player trade

Logan’s run to Tampa Bay.

The Rays have acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Padres as part of a seven player trade.

Reliever Alex Torres heads to San Diego as part of the return package, along with right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn.

In addition to Forsythe, the Rays also get infielder Maxx Tissenbaum and pitchers Matt Andriese, Brad Boxberger and Matt Lollis.

Forsythe, age 27, is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .214/.281/.332 with six home runs in 75 games. For his career, he’s a .241/.310/.349 hitter (88 OPS+) across parts of three major-league seasons. As well, Forsythe is capable manning shortstop, second, third and the outfield corners….

As for Torres, the Padres are getting a 26-year-old lefty who last season pitched to a 1.71 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 19 unintentional walks in 58 innings of work. In parts of two MLB seasons, Torres boasts an ERA+ of 201 and an opponents’ batting line of .172/.269/.233./blockquote>

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 09:53 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex torres, brad boxberger, logan forsythe, padres, rays, trade

Saturday, January 04, 2014

James Loney, Rays finalize deal

- First baseman James Loney has finalized a $21 million, three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.


Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 04, 2014 at 02:23 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Friday, December 20, 2013

Breaking down Fred McGriff’s Hall of Fame case

This is somewhat trivial but it is kinda neat: McGriff ranks second all-time in games (1,826) and plate appearances (7,777) as a cleanup hitter. Only Eddie Murray (2,041 and 8,775, respectively) is ahead of him.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 20, 2013 at 06:51 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta, braves, crime dog, cubs, dog, rays

Rosenthal: Can Rays trade David Price and remain a contender?

Don’t know WTF they’ve done to the Fox Sports page…but at least Robothal is still there.

If the Rays stunk, this would be easy. They would trade left-hander David Price to the team that offered the best package of prospects, and that would be that.

Thing is, the Rays don’t stink, just as they didn’t stink a year ago, when they traded righty James Shields to the Royals. Quite the contrary – the Rays will be trying to make the playoffs for the fifth time in the past seven seasons, and that only complicates their decision on Price.

The Rays will not and cannot quit on 2014. So, if they trade Price, they’re going to want the same type of major-league ready talent they got for Shields, if not better. Two of the four players that they acquired for Shields, outfielder Wil Myers and right-hander Jake Ordorizzi, contributed in the majors last season – and Myers won AL Rookie of the Year.

Knowing the Rays, they will be flexible – if their best deal is prospect-driven, then that is the deal they will make. Indeed, their price points almost certainly vary from suitor to suitor, depending upon what each team could offer.

Acquiring “now” players would be the Rays’ preference, enabling them to gain back some of the short-term value they would lose by trading Price. The right fit, though, could prove elusive, considering that Price is even more accomplished than Shields.

The Rays could always keep Price, then entertain offers for him again at the July 31 non-waiver deadline, when he still would be available for two pennant races to any team that obtains him. But they would run the risk of Price getting injured or performing below his usual standards in the first half, lowering his value.

Repoz Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:55 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tweet: BtBScore writers hired by MLB teams

If you’re keeping track, three @BtBScore writers have gotten jobs with MLB organizations this week. And they don’t even throw left-handed!

The Jays get Ben Horrow.
The Rays get Andrew Ball.
The Reds get Lewie Pollis.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 02:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, media, rays, reds, sabermetrics

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Baseball America: 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

You’ve got Emeel Salem...still?


1. Jake Odorizzi, rhp
2. Hak-Ju Lee, ss
3. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp
4. Enny Romero, lhp
5. Alex Colome, rhp
6. Andrew Toles, of
7. Nick Ciuffo, c
8. Ryan Brett, 2b
9. Tim Beckham, ss/2b
10. Kevin Kiermaier, cf

The Rays also are deep in position players up the middle—including such prospects as shortstops Hak-Ju Lee and Tim Beckham, center fielder Andrew Toles, catcher Nick Ciuffo and second baseman Ryan Brett—thanks in part to a plethora of extra draft picks garnered as free agent compensation earlier in the decade.

If there is a flaw to the Tampa Bay farm system, however, it centers on the lack of development shown by several high draft picks, particularly the unprecedented seven supplemental first-rounders from 2011.

The organization also has been hit hard with some character and makeup issues, including eight minor leaguers receiving 50-game suspensions over the past two years for recreational-drug and stimulant abuse.

That list includes a trio of first-rounders from the 2008 (Beckham), 2010 (outfielder Josh Sale) and 2011 (righthander Taylor Guerrieri) drafts.

Sale, the 17th overall pick in 2010, headlines that motley crew after missing all of 2013 due to a pair of suspensions, the second from the organization for his behavior and social media posts regarding a visit to a strip club.

Repoz Posted: December 12, 2013 at 06:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Rays To Acquire Ryan Hanigan

Man, this is gonna be frameariffic.

The Reds are trading catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link).  The swap could be a three-way deal. 

It was expected that Cincinnati would move Hanigan since they agreed to a two-year deal with Brayan Pena…

Hanigan will give the Rays three catchers with Jose Lobaton and Jose Molina already in the fold…

Hanigan… has a reputation as a solid defensive backstop, having led the league in caught-stealing percentage in 2013 (45 percent) and 2012 (48 percent).

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 01:59 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, reds, trades, transactions

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rays To Sign Jose Molina


The Rays have reached a two-year, $4.5MM agreement with catcher Jose Molina, tweets Jon Heyman of

Molina is expected to be Jose Lobaton’s backup after starting a career-high 87 games behind the plate in 2013, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times...

Molina batted .233./.290/.304 in a career-best 313 plate appearance (99 games) for the Rays last season, his lowest offensive output in the past four years. However, the 38-year-old is regarded as one of the game’s best defensive catchers (although his lack of mobility resulted in 33 wild pitches and eight passed balls) and is an expert in the art of pitch-framing. Molina has also thrown out 38% of opposing base-stealers throughout his career.

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The Rays have reached a two-year, $4.5MM agreement with catcher Jose Molina, tweets Jon Heyman of

Molina is expected to be Jose Lobaton’s backup after starting a career-high 87 games behind the plate in 2013, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times...

Molina batted .233./.290/.304 in a career-best 313 plate appearance (99 games) for the Rays last season, his lowest offensive output in the past four years. However, the 38-year-old is regarded as one of the game’s best defensive catchers (although his lack of mobility resulted in 33 wild pitches and eight passed balls) and is an expert in the art of pitch-framing. Molina has also thrown out 38% of opposing base-stealers throughout his career.

The District Attorney Posted: November 24, 2013 at 05:41 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jose molina, rays, transactions

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jose Canseco had goats in his car for some reason and got pulled over

Jose's Goats

Just got pulled over with goats in the car. The cop laughed at our poor goats . Awesome

Monday, November 11, 2013

BBWAA: Wil Myers named 2013 AL Rookie of the Year

Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers, who was called up from the minor leagues June 18 and helped the Rays’ push to a wild-card postseason berth, was the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in balloting by the BBWAA that was announced on MLB Network.

Myers (.293, 13 HR, 53 RBI) was listed first on 23 of the 30 ballots submitted by two writers representing each league city, second on five ballots and third on one to score 131 points, based on a system that rewards five points for first place, three for second and one for third.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias (.303, 3 HR, 29 RBI), who divided the 2013 season between Boston and Detroit, finished second in the voting with five first-place votes and 80 points. Receiving one first-place vote apiece in the balloting were pitchers Chris Archer (9-7, 3.22 ERA) of the Rays and Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96 ERA) of the Oakland Athletics.

Repoz Posted: November 11, 2013 at 07:58 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: 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 01:30 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rays

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