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Monday, March 30, 2015

Rays denied consideration of re-negotiated lease by St. Petersburg City Council

The Rays are one step closer to moving to Paducah, Kentucky.

ch over a minor monetary amount, with many council members taking offense that the team was not interested in negotiating in public forums.

The sticking point were any profits that might have been had if the City redeveloped a portion of Tropicana Field’s 80-acres while the team still occupied the site. Under the current agreement, the team and City split profits equally….

The Rays owner has already made two intentions very clear: that the Rays must be allowed to explore all options in Tampa Bay for their next stadium in order to have a long term solution, and that the search will begin by 2022 with or without City Council approval due to necessity. The Team and Council are at odds.

Separately, Sternberg has also said that without a new stadium, the Rays will be sold and likely moved out of Tampa Bay. By denying consideration of the amended agreement, particularly after efforts by the Rays to re-negotiate the deal to meet the Council’s concerns, means the Rays are that much closer to leaving Tampa Bay.

The team is being backed into a corner, being legally unable to search for a new stadium means the ownership’s prospects of staying long term in the area are not bright. How will that impact their pending negotiations for a new television contract?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2015 at 09:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With major defections, early rotation woes, could Rays be in for long year? - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the 2015 Rays fortunes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grantland: 2015 AL East Preview

Welcome to Grantland’s 2015 MLB division previews. From now through next week, Jonah Keri and I will analyze each team in each division, focusing on offseason triumphs and failures, roster strengths and weaknesses, telling projections, revealing stats, and off-field story lines, and wrapping up with our over/under verdicts on each team’s projected record. As always, all overly pessimistic opinions should be blamed on the well-known grudge we bear your team, and only your team, because of that thing it did to us that one time that we’re still extremely bitter about.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, rays, red sox, yankees

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brent Honeywell’s screwball a “bloodline deal” | MiLB.com

Another screwball article, including a Mike Marshall connection.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brent honeywell, mike marshall, rays, screwball

Rays to name Asdrubal Cabrera everyday shortstop | Tampa Bay Times

“He has not done anything this spring to look like he’s lost range,” Cash said last week. “If I had to say, from spring training, this spring, I’ve had the benefit of seeing him his last two years in Cleveland, he looks better. … His body looks better. He’s moving really well.

“He’s made a couple nice plays where he is moving, soft line drives, a couple plays up the middle, and then a backhand play (last week) where he kind of pulled (first baseman James) Loney off the bag, but still he showed his range.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, rays

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rays notes: Souza puts scare into team on diving attempt | TBO.com

Some Rays notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Monday, March 09, 2015

Drew Smyly injury a blow to Rays’ pitching depth | Tampa Bay Times

Having No. 3 starter Drew Smyly sidelined indefinitely, with his availability to start the season in question due to shoulder tendinitis, is bad enough news for the Rays.

“I think it’s fair to say there is a concern,” manager Kevin Cash said Sunday.

Worse is that the depth after their top four starters was already one of the biggest questions, and potential flaws, of several on their roster anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, injuries, rays

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Silverman consulting with Rays players on key decisions | Tampa Bay Times

Much of what Matt Silverman has done since taking over as head of Rays baseball operations is similar to what Andrew Friedman did before him.

But one thing he has done differently — and interestingly — is soliciting opinions from a small group of key players before making decisions on hiring manager Kevin Cash and other moves and changes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Patriots, Giants, Rays sign amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage

The New England Patriots, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays have all signed onto an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country, according to the Huffington Post. They are among almost 400 companies - many of which are some of the biggest corporations in the country - to support the brief. The Supreme Court will hear a case on gay marriage on April 28 and is expected to make a determination by June.

All of these teams have strong histories on LGBT issues. The Patriots’ owner, Bob Kraft, supported LGBT rights years ago and the Patriots appeared at an LGBT fundraiser years before it was en vogue. The Giants were the first team to produce an It Gets Better video in 2011, sparking a string of other MLB teams to follow suit. That list included the Rays.

 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baseball America: Five Historical Precedents for Cubs’ Loaded Top 100 Class.

1. 2006 Diamondbacks

The Players

SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)

The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.

The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 22, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, cubs, diamondbacks, prospects, rays, royals

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wade Townsend had to flop at baseball to live a dream. | SportsonEarth.com

Wade Townsend’s life after baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, wade townsend

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 24 through 19

Can the Yankees compete with the large market teams?

Due for a better year: Rodriguez? CC Sabathia? Carlos Beltran? Take your old, injured veteran and project better numbers. And then go buy a lottery ticket.

Due for a worse year: Did Miller turn the corner in 2014? After averaging 5.3 walks per nine innings over his career, he lowered that to 2.5 while striking out a dominant 14.9 per nine. The Yankees forked over a lot of money to get the big lefty and now he and Betances could make for the best one-two relief punch in the majors if Miller replicates his 2014 success.

I’m just the messenger: Can the Yankees get 90 starts from Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda? Those three combined for just 41 last season, although Tanaka and Pineda pitched some sweet baseball when healthy. All are major health risks, of course, but keep this in mind as well: The Yankees are losing some quality starts from 2014. Kuroda, McCarthy, Greene and Phelps combined for 77 starts and a solid 3.68 ERA. Even if those guys stay healthy they may not be any better than that rate of production.

The final word: The Yankees have been outscored each of the past two years, although they managed to finish over .500 both seasons. While a lot of people are pointing to a healthier rotation and better seasons from some of the veterans as reasons the Yankees will contend this year, I turn that around and say: Who’s a good bet to improve? The only thing I’m sure of is the Yankees will have better defense at shortstop. I’m taking the under .500—for the first time since 1992.

Prediction: 78-84

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david schoenfield, marlins, rays, reds, white sox, yankees

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Rays manager Kevin Cash plans more stable lineup | Tampa Bay Times

Ultimately we would like our core guys to have a good sense of where they’re hitting in the lineup,” Cash said. “Some would be planted, whether in the No. 3 spot or No. 4 spot or wherever. And some we’d like to have it be, ‘You’re going to hit either fifth or sixth’ or ‘You’re going to hit first or second,’ something of that degree. Our goal coming in is to have a righty lineup and a lefty lineup, and have that be very similar on a daily basis.”

So whether the Rays decide to put Evan Longoria third (where he has preferred) or fourth (where there is potential for him to be more productive), and whether they settle on Kevin Kiermaier or Desmond Jennings or even John Jaso at the top, expect them to stick with that plan. (Last year, for example, Jennings hit in six spots, and no lineup was used more than five times.)

Cash’s theory is that the stability is better for the players, thus the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Catching? John Jaso takes a break | Tampa Bay Times

I’m interested in seeing how Jaso does as a full-time DH. About a 1/4 of his PA so far have come at DH. He’s essentially hit about the same as he does behind the plate.

“We have an understanding that they want me to hit, and putting me in the instance where I could be in harm’s way — where I would then be on the bench for the rest of the year — that’s not worth it at this point,” he said.

Jaso said he plans to eventually return to catching, though it’s possible — and potentially better for him — that he would wait until next season, allowing for more time to pass since his most recent concussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: john jaso, rays

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Rays’ Kind of Fastball | FanGraphs Baseball

More good stuff from Jeff Sullivan.

Last season, Rays pitchers threw 56% of their fastballs at least two and a half feet off the ground, which is approximately the vertical middle of the strike zone. This was the highest rate for any team in baseball. The Nationals finished second, but they’ve also lost prolific high-fastball throwers in Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano. They’ve been open to moving Jordan Zimmermann. The league average, by the way, was a hair under 48%.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ian Desmond, Ben Zobrist were part of Nationals-Mets-Rays trade discussion | FOX Sports

The Nationals would have sent Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Escobar, the two players the Rays traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays then would have flipped Desmond to the Mets.

The roadblock was the Rays’ request for two top Mets prospects from a list of three – a price the Mets considered too steep for Desmond, who is entering his free-agent year.

The Rays’ wish list included right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. The other two targets are not known.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, rays, trade rumors

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A look at the A’s deal for Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

Another slow news day and BOOM!

With the additions of Ben Zobrist, who will become Oakland’s primary second baseman, and shortstop Yunel Escobar, the A’s are likely done assembling their 2015 team – and there is little doubt they plan to contend.

Zobrist was hotly pursued by numerous teams this winter, including the Giants, but the fact that Oakland could also find a spot for Escobar probably helped the A’s complete the deal.  The A’s will send catcher John Jaso to the Rays along with two minor-leaguers, top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 01:35 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, boog powell, daniel robertson, john jaso, rays, yunel escobar

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Zobrist decision not an easy one for Rays | MLB.com

The Rays can afford to wait on dealing Zobrist.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, rays

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Asdrubal Cabrera to join Rays

Its a shame about the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports….

The shortstop played second base for the Washington Nationals at the end of last season after he was acquired in a trade deadline deal from the Cleveland Indians.

A two-time All-Star, Cabrera batted .229 with five home runs and 21 RBIs for the Nationals in 49 games after the trade. In total, between both teams, he finished last season batting .241 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, free agents, indians, nationals, rays

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Despite losses, Orioles still perched on top in AL East - Sports - The Boston Globe

No excuse? How about if the price tags on the available starters are unreasonable? Don’t get me wrong. Getting an ace would be great. Getting an ace at the expense of too much talent, though, is a price they shouldn’t be willing to pay. That’s especially true if you believe having the ace will only get the team to 84-88 wins.

To do: Find an ace. The Red Sox have no excuse for leaving themselves short in this area. They have player and financial resources to obtain free agents such as Max Scherzer or James Shields, and trade for Cole Hamels, David Price, or Jordan Zimmermann. John Henry said the team can go over the $189 million luxury tax threshold for a year. And they need another lefty in the bullpen.

Ugh.

5. As fun as it is to pore over some sabermetric stats, batting average, home runs, and RBIs pretty much tell the story of a hitter. For a top-of-the-order speed guy, walks, on-base percentage, and stolen bases do the same.

Backup job at DH?

8. Ryan Lavarnway, C, Orioles — The Orioles were the fourth team Lavarnway ended up with in December, when he was passed around on waivers from Boston to the Dodgers to the Cubs and now to the Orioles. Lavarnway could compete for a backup job at DH.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, rays, red sox, yankees

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist can play infield and outfield, is 33 and will be a free agent after next season, so it’s time to examine potential trade partners because it makes sense that the Rays will try to move him | FOX Sports

From what I have read and heard from the Rays front office, they aren’t throwing in the towel on competing in 2015. I don’t see them trading Zobrist unless they start off next season poorly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How’s that Wil Myers trade look now?

Here are three Wil Myers stories that might be of interest:

1.) During one spring training, there was a video made that featured Wil Myers and George Brett. The Royals Hall of Famer was going to show the Royals prospect how to put pine tar on a bat, but the Royals prospect started arguing … with George Brett … about pine tar. A small thing, but it might have indicated an attitude problem.

2.) While Myers was in the Rays minor-league system, he said he didn’t need a two-strike approach — he was a run a producer. Even though his team was asking him to adjust his swing once he had two strikes, Myers didn’t think it was necessary — and that definitely indicates an attitude problem.

3.) Nevertheless, Myers made it to the big leagues, and one day he was playing right field against the Royals. During that game, I saw Rays centerfielder David DeJesus moving Myers into the right position. I don’t know if that was a regular occurrence, but if it was, that means that Myers hadn’t studied the spray charts and wasn’t paying attention to his outfield coach.

I bet Wil Myers never even answered George’s question about if he ever pooped his pants.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, royals, wil myers

Friday, December 19, 2014

How the Rays lost the City Council vote - DRaysBay

Naked greed is never appealing.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Source: Myers to Padres in 11-player deal with Rays, Nats | MLB.com

This is a trade that may work out for all three teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, wil myers

Are Wil Myers’ flaws fixable? | FOX Sports

Maybe he’s not as good as prospect evaluators thought.

So what’s the deal? Why is a promising young talent like Myers about to join his third organization before turning 25? Is there a concern about his future that has caused teams to sour on him more quickly than we’d expect, given his performance and pedigree? Let’s take a look under the hood and see if we can identify any potential red flags.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, wil myers

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