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raysfaninminnesota

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The Return of the Platoon and Jonny Gomes

Platoons used to be synonymous with the Rays. It was a market exploitation that the Rays loved, well, to exploit. The Rays took players with flaws and got them for cheap and then maximized...

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What is Wade Davis future moving forward?

No matter what may happen this year, one of the positives Rays fans can point to as one of the Rays major success stories is Wade Davis. Tons of potential, Davis lost some mph on his fastball in...

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3 Up, 3 Down: Week 2

The Rays can't come home soon enough. It was a rough week for the Rays, who went 3-4 in the final two legs of their long road trip. All in all, 3-4 (and 4-6 on the 10 game road trip) isn't as bad...

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3 Up, 3 Down

The Rays just put week 1 in the books with a 4-2 record. This week featured a happy reunion, some good first impressions, and others with a week they'd rather forget. What are your impressions...

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Friedman as confident as ever: Times believes a big deal is still looming. The question is, who will it be?

I was thinking of writing something up like this today, but raysfaninminnesota beat me to it. Have at it. ~Slow Ever since the Anthony Rizzo trade, impatience has started to affect Rays fans. A...

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Does Foster have a point? Times article believes Rays marketing leaves much to be desired

I have been a huge critic of Foster and while he suffers from severe PMS problems (petulant man-child syndrome), an article from the Tribune gives credence to the argument the Rays could be doing...

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The impact of a new TV deal

I started making posts in the tampa stadium funding post, but it seems that even though the two are connected to the Rays long-term success, talking about both in the same post seemed to be...

Niemann to Start Game 1

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From all cases and purposes, the Rays are starting Niemann game 1, with Matt Moore caddying. As long as the Rays have a short hook, I'm fine with this move. Niemann's numbers (4.13 FIP, 3.73 xFIP) are solid. His numbers against Texas this month, however, are not. Main point: Just have Moore ready to go.

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Do Marlins match up as a good Shields/pitching-for-hitting trade partner?

The Florida Marlins have struggled through some tough love to SS Hanley Ramirez and OF Logan Morrison this season.  But between Morrison, Ramirez, Gaby Sanchez, and Mike Stanton, and potential bats...

Joe Maddon's reason to watch Casey Kotchman the rest of the year

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The discussion of Kotchman comes down to luck (especially going forward) and power, or lack thereof. The question is how much does Kotchman's numbers come back to earth next year, and what exactly is "earth" for him. But many of his detractors would love him more if he could hit for power. Joe Maddon believes it's possible. This clip with Maddon shows why he's impressed with Kotchman and how he's hitting differently than he was at the beginning of the year--something that could excite Kotchman supporters and detractors. Check it out for yourself.

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How Rocco Baldelli is Still Helping the Rays and why Matt Joyce could and should continue his success

Some cool articles about the Rays on ESPN (and no attendance joke, shocking!)But giving credit where credit is due:  If you want a good read on Rocco Baldelli's continued impact on the Rays and his...

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James Shields, a legitimate AL CY Young Contender?

If the season ended today, I think you could make a very valid argument for Shields to be the AL Cy Young.  Take a look at Shields by the numbers: 2.15 ERA - 4th in AL 2.94 FIP - 8th in AL 2.70...

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The Hot Stove is Heating Up...

With rumors already surfacing of the impending free agents on the New York Mets who could be on the trade block in Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, new rumors are surfacing that the Minnesota Twins...

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A Peculiar Way For Greatness

I've been thinking about this for a few days now.  The Rays announced their existence in 2008 as they took the MLB by surprise, causing some to say, "Huh, I didn't even realize the Tampa Bay area...

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Intriguing Bullpen Options

St. Pete Times has two good articles in the Monday's paper on a has been (Juan Cruz) and who would've thought (Dane De La Rosa).  Both might be a challenge to make the team right out of the gate...

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IT'S OFFICIAL: DAMON AND RAMIREZ ARE TAMPA BAY RAYS

Here's the link:  Ramirez signs for 2mil, Damon for 5.25 with .75 in incentives.  Both deals are pending physicals.  New Rays lineup: ...

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Will Rays Step Up to Sign Jon Rauch?

At this point it appears the Rays and Jays are the two most interested teams in Rauch.  How high should the Rays be willing to go to bring Rauch in?  Is a 2 year, 8 million dollar contract too...

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Taking a look at the Rays drafts since 2006

With so many draft picks coming up in the 2011 draft, I thought it would be beneficial to take a look back at the Rays drafts under AF and see if anything sticks out.   2006:  Evan Longoria - 1st...

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Rangers still a Rays trade target

Rangers might not be done talking with the Rays.  Rangers have a pitching surplus they may use to upgrade elsewhere.  Headed by Neftali Perez, the Rangers bullpen consists of Alexi Ogando, Darren...

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The Next Starting RB in Miami...Michael Bush?

There are flashier names (DeAngelo Williams, Ahmad Bradshaw) who have the speed and big-play ability Miami covets, but there is another running back who could be the next Michael Turner.  If you...

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How Beltre to Rangers Helps Rays

The imminent decision by Texas to sign Adrian Beltre to a massive contract and move Michael Young to DH is a move that should help the Rays in 2011.  As of now, there is one more DH out there...

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My Texas Ranger wish list for Matt Garza

Now that the Cliff Lee saga has concluded, the rest of baseball can move on as well.  Part of that moving on is the fallout from the teams who missed out on Lee.  Texas has already kicked the tires...

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Wanted: "Under the radar" with "upside"

This quote from Friedman appeared in the St. Pete Times today: "Under-the-radar type guys that we feel fit us well and have a lot of upside," Friedman said. "Right now, we're upside players....

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How much would you give up for Ryan Braun?

This is pretty much the wildest way to start the rumor mill, but an ESPN rumor floated the possibility of the Brewers trading Ryan Braun to Kansas City for Zach Greinke.  I can't see any way that...

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It's Time to Reflect and Give Friedman His Bullpen Props

With all the hubbub about the Rays losing nearly their entire bullpen and the doomsday approach by the local media, I thought a positive spin could be placed, reminding everyone of the area where...

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Is Jermaine Dye the new Jim Edmonds?

Get this:  Jermaine Dye now believes he will play for peanuts, even if it is only for a million or so of them.  This was something he would not "lower" himself to last season.  Apparantly, it's...

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2011 Beginning Free Agency Thread

As we start to enter the period where we say goodbye to the best player to ever don a Rays uniform so far, and perhaps some others who have been paramount to the Rays success the last couple years,...

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Why the Rays Will Have Better DH Production On the Cheap

As much as I am in favor of trading for a DH like Billy Butler, or Mike Napoli, or Luke Scott, looking at the potential DH free agents, I've found myself ready to do some bargain shopping.  There...

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Rays Closer in 2011: K-Rod?

There's every reason why this won't happen.  Legal problems.  Contract problems.  But depending upon cost, the Rays might be in position to take advantage of a situation. If Francisco Rodriguez's...

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To all the National Pundits, **ck you very much

In 2008, it couldn't be done.  At some point or another the Red Sox were going to overtake them.  They had too much "veteran" leadership.  They "knew how to win."  But then a funny thing happened. ...

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