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Rays sign a 16 year old Dominican lefty: According to...

Rays sign a 16 year old Dominican lefty: According to mlbtraderumors.com ________________________________ "If you think Rubio is young, look at who the Rays signed. Tampa Bay signed 16-year-old left-hander Luis Cepeda for $60K. The Rays get another DPL All-Star in Cepeda."

For those concerned about the bullpen, this is in today's...

For those concerned about the bullpen, this is in today's paper. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/tampa-bay-rays-say-theyre-not-done-rebuilding-bullpen/1150266 It will be interesting to see if he can get something done, and if so, how he does it.

Rays sign a RH minor league...

Rays sign a RH minor league reliever: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/01/rays-claim-rob-delaney.html

Among other things, Eiland will scout high school and college pitchers that are candidates to be...

Among other things, Eiland will scout high school and college pitchers that are candidates to be drafted, will evaluate the Rays minor-league pitching prospects and provide opinions on major-league pitchers for potential trades and free-agent signings.

Dave Eiland signed by the Rays as a special assistant. From "The Heater".

If the rumor that KC traded Greinke to Milwaukee is true, is there a chance that Soria is also...

If the rumor that KC traded Greinke to Milwaukee is true, is there a chance that Soria is also available? I also wonder if they are prepared to deal Butler or Kila.

From...

From mlbrumors.com: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/12/dodgers-giants-rays-finalists-for-guillermo-mota.html Rays one of 3 finalists for Mota.

This is Marc Hulet's take on Cesar Cabral. It is on Baseball Analysts...

This is Marc Hulet's take on Cesar Cabral. It is on Baseball Analysts today: ______________________________________ "Cesar Cabral, LHP (Tampa Bay from Boston): Cabral is a southpaw that produces above-average ground-ball rates but he gave up a lot of hits in high-A ball in 2010. He had a BABIP-allowed of .391 and a very unlucky LOB-rate; Cabral had a favorable FIP of 2.60 (His ERA was 5.81)." _____________________________________ Here is a link to the entire article which has Aneury Rodriguez as the best of the picks, or at least as the first one mentioned. http://baseballanalysts.com/

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Winston Abreu and Ryan Garko

The A's have signed Abreu to a minor league deal according to rotoworld.com.   I wonder why Garko seemed never to be in the mix for the Rays as a RH platoon player. From what I can tell, his...

You have probably all read...

You have probably all read this: http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2010/11/age-of-setup-man.html#more I think it relates to the Rays' situation and to another discussion we have had recently. While the implied conclusion may be too heavy for the evidence to bear at this point, it is certainly provocative and worthy of consideration. I have been hoping for a few years that the Rays forgo the rigid role bullpen, something they seem unwilling to consider. But perhaps they can take an intermediate step as suggested by Posnanski.

Jesse Hahn mlbtraderumors.com and Raysprospects both report that the Rays have signed Hahn for...

Jesse Hahn mlbtraderumors.com and Raysprospects both report that the Rays have signed Hahn for considerably more than slot.

Rays acquire Chad Qualls for a PTBNL according to...

Rays acquire Chad Qualls for a PTBNL according to mlbtraderumors.com. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/07/rays-showing-serious-interest-in-qualls.html

I really love this: From Jayson Stark: Rumblings and Grumblings "No Howel-ing in Tampa: Clubs that...

I really love this: From Jayson Stark: Rumblings and Grumblings "No Howel-ing in Tampa: Clubs that have spoken with the Rays say they don't expect Tampa Bay to react to J.P. Howell's season-ending shoulder surgery by running out and trading for bullpen help. "They're already past that," said an executive of one club. "They've already got the [Randy] Choate factor going, and the [Lance] Cormier factor, and the [Andy] Sonnanstine factor. They're like Minnesota getting past losing [Joe] Nathan. That team has so much character and it's so focused, they just deal with it." Down the road, the Rays might hunt around for another left-handed reliever. And "They'd love to add a couple of power arms in the 'pen," the same executive said. But in the short term, they're second in the league in bullpen ERA. And opponents are hitting .215 against that bullpen. So this is a team in no hurry to make a deal." "That team has so much character and it's so focused, they just deal with it." Ok, it is about intangibles, but nobody said they don't exist, just that they are the lazy analyst's catchalll explanation. And if this team does have character and is focused, who gets at least some of the credit?

Marc Topkin is reporting that Reid Brignac has made the roster, not...

Marc Topkin is reporting that Reid Brignac has made the roster, not Blalock. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/

Eleven cuts today, including Ruggiano but not...

Eleven cuts today, including Ruggiano but not Rollins. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/node/25293

Christina Kahrl is not impressed with the Blalock...

Christina Kahrl is not impressed with the Blalock signing: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=10186

Jake McGee Does anyone know why McGee did not make his scheduled appearance yesterday? I was...

Jake McGee Does anyone know why McGee did not make his scheduled appearance yesterday? I was listening on my car radio. The announcers said he was due to pitch the 9th and was warming up. But then De Los Santos came in instead. The announcers indicated some surprise but could not explain. I have read nothing further about it.

Edwar Ramirez? Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner tweets that it'll be interesting to see which...

Edwar Ramirez? Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner tweets that it'll be interesting to see which sabermetric-friendly team will ink recently-DFA'd pitcher Edwar Ramirez. Cameron's bet is on Tampa Bay.

The Yankees signed Chan-Ho Park to a one year contract. I guess the Rays were not kidding when...

The Yankees signed Chan-Ho Park to a one year contract. I guess the Rays were not kidding when they said they were not pursuing him. The reported salary is $1.2 million with $300,000 in incentives. Doesn't seem like much. The report says he chose NY over the Cubs with no mention of the Rays.

Baseball America's "team" made up of the best prospects who did not make their team's top...

Baseball America's "team" made up of the best prospects who did not make their team's top 10: ____________________________________ Baseball America just posted its AL All-Non-Top-10 teams, the AL's best prospects who didn't make their organizations' top 10s. It's 11 players -- eight position players, a lefty and righty starter and a reliever -- and three are Rays: Bailey at catcher, Fernando Perez (! -- didn't realize he was still a prospect) in center and Lobstein as left-handed starter. ____________________________________ http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/ It requires a subscription which I do not have, but someone sent me that summary of the Rays' prospects on the "team".

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Ripple effect?

I have a question about the possible ripple effect of the signing of Soriano based on a number of assumptions I am making.   1. My recollection is that Sternberg and the Rays do not intentionally...

Anybody have any more information? ___________________________________ "Fernando Perez is running...

Anybody have any more information? ___________________________________ "Fernando Perez is running behind on rehab after October surgery on his left shoulder. Perez should be ready for Opening Day, but any delay hurts his chances of sticking with the big league club as a backup outfielder. The speedster figures to open the season at Triple-A Durham. Source: St. Petersburg Times ____________________________________ Cited at rotoworld.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone on my favorite website on my favorite holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone  on my favorite website on my favorite holiday.

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Did you see this Upton blog?

It is linked at Dock of the Rays: _________________________________________________   After making it to the World Series last year it has been hard for me to watch the playoffs this year....

Did anyone go to the instructional league game at Tropicana Field yesterday? Except for Beckham...

Did anyone go to the instructional league game at Tropicana Field yesterday? Except for Beckham and Sheridan (who I saw play in Bowling Green), it was the first time I had seen any of the players. I would love to know what someone else thought of those s/he saw. It was nice to see Beckham get a solid line drive hit to RF, although I think he swung at a high pitch out of the zone (which he did in his previous AB as well). And exactly as happened in Bowling Green, he threw wildly to 1B while moving after the catch. I am not making anything of this, just observing. It seemed to me that Moore does indeed have an impressive curve that young hitters simply cannot figure out. He threw a lot of balls, but not really wildly, just a bit off the plate. The stadium gun was clocking his fastball in the 87-89 range. And it was nice to see Luke Bailey take a couple of ABs and to watch Lobstein pitch as well.

This is from Perotta at BP, On the Beat column. It is near the bottom under the heading what scouts...

This is from Perotta at BP, On the Beat column. It is near the bottom under the heading what scouts are saying about players: "Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir: "He’s just not right physically. He’s become a soft-tosser, and his pitches lack bite. If Tampa Bay does get to the postseason, I don’t think [they] can afford to pitch him." I did not think this was true. Seems to me his fastball has returned somewhat if not all the way. I don't know if his slider is as sharp as it was, but my impression is that it is also improving. I don't know when the scout said this.

From Project Prospect, a review of Tim Beckham based on watching him play. Not particularly...

From Project Prospect, a review of Tim Beckham based on watching him play. Not particularly encouraging. http://www.projectprospect.com/article/2009/08/21/tim-beckham-scouting-report

Right vs. Smart: More of an old story From The Hardball...

Right vs. Smart: More of an old story From The Hardball Times: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/rubbernecking-part-1/

A totally frivolous post I have no problem if you want to erase this post. It's just something...

A totally frivolous post I have no problem if you want to erase this post. It's just something that occurred to me and I wanted to express it somewhere. I recently read that Crawford decided, after viewing tapes the past off-season, that he needed to be more selective at the plate. When Crawford was promoted at age 20 in 2002 he was totally raw and inexperienced. Football was actually his game. Suppose the exact same Crawford were 20 years old in 2006 in the Rays organization. A hypothetical question: When would he have been promoted, and what would his career have looked like? That is, would the Rays have worked on his plate discipline in the minors so that when he arrived he was already more aware of that skill? Leaving aside imponderables (a different situation, different players et al), is it possible he would have become a far better player even than he is?

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John Smoltz

Let's suppose that 1. Boston releases him rather than trades him. 2. Smoltz is willing to go into the bullpen.   Would it be reasonable for the Rays to sign him? We know how terrible many of his...

Joe Sheehan always has an interesting angle on issues. I'm not sure I agree with everything he...

Joe Sheehan always has an interesting angle on issues. I'm not sure I agree with everything he says here, but I do think his fundamental point is valid. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9290

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