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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: December 13, 2011 at 01:06 PM (#4014860)
Why did Andy only pitch 35 innings in 2011? Is he hurt?
   2. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 13, 2011 at 01:26 PM (#4014873)
He had 10 starts (56 innings) in AAA last year, too.
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 13, 2011 at 01:34 PM (#4014877)
I bet Sonnanstine ends up in Cleveland.

He's from Northeast Ohio, went to Kent State, and would fit in nicely with the Indians' apparent plan to corner the market on fringy back-end rotation types.
   4. Dale Sams Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:09 PM (#4014906)
For those huge holes in the Red Sox rotation and BP, Sonnanstine, Saunders and Owings are interesting names.
   5. Textbook Editor Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:17 PM (#4014915)
Dale, I was going to say the Red Sox should be all over Sonnanstine. We need a non-tender thread; I've only seen bits and pieces as to who got non-tendered...
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:23 PM (#4014920)
MLBTraderumors has a full list of non-tenders. In addition to the names Dale Sams listed, I think interesting non-tender FAs include Jose Mijares, ALL STAR Hong Chih Kuo, Pete Moylan, Luke Scott and Ryan Theriot.
   7. MM1f Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:27 PM (#4014927)
Man, I am sad to see Moylan go. Solid reliever, he seemed like a fun dude and what a story of perseverance. His story is also a great testimony to the value of great scouting.
   8. Greg K Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:27 PM (#4014928)
Keppinger, Spilborghs, Paulino and Hermida are other non-tenders who at one point or another seemed like real players.
   9. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:28 PM (#4014929)
Mentioned him in ST, but I think Clay Hensley is a good addition to the free agent pool. His ERA last year ballooned because of an ill-fated conversion to starting. He has an ERA of 2.50 as a reliever the last two years, in 100 innings.
   10. MM1f Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:42 PM (#4014938)
I was just about to post about Spilborghs (we really need a seperate non-tender thread). Before 2011, his profile was that of a quality 4th OF on a championship team or a decent starter on a 2nd division club.

What happened to him this year? Was he hurt, or did he just lose it?

Also, the Rockies got rid of high school teammates Ian Stewart and Cole Garner in the same week. Begone La Quinta High!
   11. sonoran_fox Posted: December 13, 2011 at 03:49 PM (#4015033)
MM1f, the Braves are supposedly working out a way to keep Peter Moylan in the organization while he recovers from the latest surgery. Probably some sort of minor league deal that gives him a shot at a MLB job come September.
   12. Famous Original Joe C Posted: December 13, 2011 at 05:04 PM (#4015164)
Dale, I was going to say the Red Sox should be all over Sonnanstine.

Sonnanstine doesn't give you anything Wakefield wouldn't.
   13. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 13, 2011 at 06:36 PM (#4015351)
Sonnanstine would be a great fit for an NL team, the lack of DHs would benefit him and he can hit a bit. One of my favorite Sonnanstine moments was when due to a lineup card errorr the Rays had to play the whole game without the DH and I think he hit an RBI double or something
   14. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 13, 2011 at 06:46 PM (#4015366)
I was just about to post about Spilborghs (we really need a seperate non-tender thread). Before 2011, his profile was that of a quality 4th OF on a championship team or a decent starter on a 2nd division club.

What happened to him this year? Was he hurt, or did he just lose it?


Spilborghs turned 32 during the season, so I think it's mostly just that he's on the downward slope if his career. Plus, the smaller sample sizes mean you're going to see a lot more inconsistency in his stats. If you add together Spilborghs' 2010 and 2011, it looks an awful lot like his 2009.
   15. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: December 13, 2011 at 06:48 PM (#4015369)
Man, I am sad to see Moylan go.

Never cross the Kroeg.
   16. Brian C Posted: December 13, 2011 at 06:57 PM (#4015389)
The Cubs non-tendered Koyie Hill - it really is a new era!
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2011 at 07:01 PM (#4015397)
One of my favorite Sonnanstine moments was when due to a lineup card errorr the Rays had to play the whole game without the DH and I think he hit an RBI double or something


Your memory is quite sharp, Jim.
   18. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM (#4015745)
Not as sharp as I thought, no way would I have believed that game was back in 2009, I thought it was more recent. Nutty game for Sonnanstine, bats 3rd and drives in a run while giving up five runs in seven innings (and being the winning pitcher).

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