27 days until pitchers and catchers report!
- DRaysBay looks at the cost of win distributions
- Bert Blyleven is calling for the Rays to finish 3rd….and I agree with the should-be Hall of Famer. I still think the Rays win 90 games this year, but it won’t be enough to catch either Boston or New York.
- Fangraphs takes a look at the worst contracts in baseball by reminding everyone just how obscenely good Evan Longoria’s contract is.
- Would the Rays consider trading B.J. Upton? ESPN thinks so and provides a list of possible teams. I have to laugh each time I see the Red Sox and Yankees involved in Rays trade rumors because there is no way in hell the Rays are going to send a player of Upton’s caliber to their toughest competitors. Consider that the closest thing we have to a deal in baseball in recent memory is the Braves trading malcontent Jeff Francouer to the Mets for Ryan Church.
- Speaking of Upton, he and the Rays are headed to court over a $300,000 gap in salary negotiations. The club offered $3m while Upton and his agent wanted $3.3m. Arbitration hearings can be a bit uncomfortable for players because the team has to point out the faults of the player and that will not be too difficult to do with Upton given his offensive struggles.
- The club was able to avoid arbitration hearings with Garza, Bartlett, and Howell. Garza was given a one year deal at $3.35m, Bartlett got $4m, and Howell got $1.8m. That brings the Rays payroll right around $70m without the final result of Upton’s new contract.
- Carlos Pena is the man.
- Mets blog Amazin Avenue evaluates the farm systems; the Rays grade out in the Top 5.
- Rays Index shows us the new BP hats for the Rays in 2010.