Some bits of Rays-related news on a football Sunday:
- Joe Smith at the St. Pete Times tells us the Rays will be shopping for catching and bullpen help at the winter meetings. If I could give Friedman Claus a wish list, it would include Taylor Teagarden, Mike Wuertz, Matt Thornton, or John Smoltz.
- Smith also mentions teams are calling about Upton and Crawford. I think one could be dealt in the next 8 months, but no way both get dealt. Upton is still very young, very cheap, and under Rays control for three more seasons.
- With all of the talk about free agency, we rarely hear about the backstory from the player’s side. Ivy league graduate and former player Doug Glanville changes that for us in a nice op-ed in the New York Times. Keep this in mind as the Rays work with free agents this off-season.
- Dan Turkenkopf at The Hardball Times has posted the homerun to flyball rates for all 30 major league parks – both the 2009 score as well as the score over the last four seasons. A score of 100 is average; below 100 favors pitchers while above favors hitters. Tropicana Field was favorable for the hitters in 2009 as well as over the four year period from 2006 to 2009.
- The Rays may be interested in Juan Rivera- hopefully not to play the outfield. I still can’t get over his effort on that flyball in the Red Sox series this past October.
- If you are on Twitter and need some Rays people to follow, here is a nice list.