Matt Bishoff

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"Major" Announcement at 1


"Rays have called a press conference for 1 p.m. today for what they say will be a "major announcement" by executive VP Andrew Friedman."

How to Grade a Trade


Just in the comments section of my Bartlett piece alone, you can see how controversial the topic of a trade can be. I have been pondering the process of grading a trade and I have come to my own...

Bartlett's Slow Start


When the Rays traded Delmon Young away this offseason, many analysts saw this as a Young for Garza trade with some spare parts going each way. I have said from the beginning, that the piece that...

Yanks Prime for Picking


As the Rays get ready to "welcome" the Yankees for a brief, two-game series, the Yankees may be at their highest level of vulnerability. After playing an emotional series against the BoSox(in which...

Not Looking for RF

BP's John Perrotto says the Rays are not currently trying to trade for a RFer, and are content with their current situation.

Rays #1 Pick Candidates


"The Rays own the first pick in this draft this June and one source with knowledge of the Rays thinking noted that the club is intent on taking a position player with the first overall pick. Granted, it’s still early and things could very well change as the draft approaches, but the candidates under consideration are Georgia prep SS Tim Beckham, Vanderbilt 3B Pedro Alvarez, and Georgia SS Gordon Beckham, with the latter Beckham being a clear third amongst these three." Via

Al Reyes Arrested and Tasered


Per BayNews9 (hat tip, Al Reyes was arrested for fighting in public. Apparently Reyes fell over and thought that someone pushed him ,even though it was due to his inebriated state. He...

Run on E-Jax, Not on Sonny


I noticed, while watching the game last night, just how effective Andy Sonnanstine is at keeping runners to their bases. He keeps such a quick pace when he is on the mound, it can not only be...


4/9: Seattle (3-5) at RAYS (3-4)

Seattle at RAYS 7:10; FSN FloridaRAYS RADIO/1250 AM   Pitching Matchup: IP ERA + K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 OPS WHIP G/F P/IP SEA LH J. Washburn 193.2 4...

Some Early Trends


After watching all of the games up to this point there have been a couple things that have stuck out to me concerning Carl Crawford and Jonny Gomes. Crawford has yet to show patience at the plate...

Rotation For Weekend To Setup Kaz Return


RHPs James Shields and Matt Garza were going to be kept together in the rotation, but with Thursday's rainout, the Rays now plan to split them up. Shields will start Sunday, with No. 5 starter Jason Hammel working Monday's game, and Garza on Tuesday. That may create a nice spot to drop in ace LHP Scott Kazmir when he returns from injury in late April.

BJ: Future Model?


For those of you wanting to see the fashion side of BJ Upton, there was a story on him and Justin written in Complex. The story isn't that long but there are quite a few pictures of him sporting...

Move Over Champs


I just wanted to post the standings. When I was younger, I used to always love looking at the standings if the Rays were ever ahead of the Yankees in the first week. We may not win another game...

Game 1 MVP: Andrew Friedman


While it is easy to have watched the game yesterday and clearly see James Shields had the best game on the field, it may have been what happened off the field that led to a win yesterday. Eric...

Murton coming? Hinske going? Kaz throwing!


Lots of rumors floating around today as teams are putting the final touches on their 25-man rosters. Apparently, The Rays are interested in Murton as Downie speculated. According to Rosenthal (hat...

Papa Positivity's POV: The Offseason


With the Rays opening the season tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to take a look at what has transpired the last couple months through Joe's glasses. The team lost a young superstar in the...


AL West Preview Mariners picked to finish first. I had you guys and the Angels relatively close, then the Escobar injury put you guys ahead...

Rays Like to Reed


From MLBTR And he wonders whether Rays would surrender a young pitcher.  Hickey believes Reed might still be on the Ms' roster as a showcase.  The 26 year-old does have options left, though. This...

DRB On XM Radio This Saturday


I will be interviewed on MLB Home Plate on XM Radio Channel 175 with Jeff Joyce this Saturday at 6:05pm. I'll be on for about 15 minutes and will be chatting about current storylines with the Rays....

Name to throw in the hat


There is no rumor that the Rays are interested in him, but he would fit the criteria of the type of guy we are trying to get.According to MLBTR, OF Todd Linden will be released by the A's: O...

Opening Day Backup Catcher?


Most people have been intrigued by the position battles for utility infielder and the last spot in the rotation, but my favorite battle during this Spring Training has been for the backup catcher...

Rays Looking intro Trade Opportunities


According to Topkin, the Rays are looking into trade opportunities. He quoted Friedman as saying: "There's a lot of different options out there, and we'll see if we're able to bring someone in...

12-10 Loss to Reds/ My Notes from Game


Rays lost today 12-10 to the Indians, but it wasn't all bad. The worst part of the day was watching Jason Hammel pitch. He was seemingly leaving meatballs over the plate, which equated to multiple...

Let Em Play


According to The Heater, Yankees manager Joe Girardi can't handle a little physical play. After Elliot Johnson crashed into catcher Francisco Cervelli, the Yankees skipper wasn't too fond of the...

Rays Drop First Game 8-4 to Stros


The Rays lost their first game in Spring Training today against the Astros. It isn't hard to look and find where the Rays lost the game. It came when they  brought in D'oh Mann  in the 6th inning....

Price Will Debut Against Yanks


According to The Heater, David Price will make his debut in a Rays uniform this Saturday against the Yankees. I personally love how his first game is against the Yanks. Hopefully it will be the...


Game Thread: Twins @ Rays

The Rays take on the Twins today at 1:05 at Al Lang.  The Rays starting lineup will look like this:Iwamura 2B Bartlett SS Pena 1B Baldelli DH Floyd RF Longoria 3B Rodriguez LF Riggans C Weber CFE...


No Bias Baseball

Our server went down, and I got some emails from some of you guys asking to let me know when we get it resolved. We think it is fixed, but we shall see if it stays that way. Anyways, if you wanna...


Game Thread: Rays @ Tigers

The Rays look to go to 4-0 for the first time in Spring Training franchise history. Here are the lineups for the game:Iwamura, 2B Crawford, LF Pena, 1B Upton, CF Gomes, DH Aybar, 3B Bartlett, SS ...

DRB Podcast appearance, etc.


I represented DRaysBay today on a podcast hosted by Dan McGowen. I haven't listened to it yet, but we covered a wide range of topics concerning the Rays for like 15 minutes or so. Enjoy!Along with...

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