Even the most casual of Rays fans would admit the baserunning in 2015 has been sub-par. Many plays come to mind, but the play that sums up the baserunning the best in 2015 happened on July 19th in Toronto.
When Carl Crawford was selected by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999 as the first pick of the second round he signed for a good amount of money. While he signed for just shy of $1.25M that same value in current dollars is more like a whisker away from $1.8M. Certainly not chump […]
Earlier today I met up with the black hole known to scientists as “Chatting about Evan Longoria’s contract.” To wit: Holy Cow! That’s a lot of money and it doesn’t even include 2016! Now I’m not trying to say that one hundred million bones is chump change. Far from it, but because so much of […]
When the Rays acquired Drew Smyly as the principal component in the David Price deal at the deadline of 2014 it looked like the team was getting a young horse that could immediately be plugged into the rotation for the next four plus years. It’s not very often that you can find someone that profiles […]
In last night’s game (August 5th) the Rays ended their rare winning streak by giving one away in the 10th on a walk off walk. This was the fifth time in 2015 that Brad Boxberger got walked off, though only the first time that he walked in the winning run. As odd as it is […]
Last night, Kevin Cash made the decision to pull Nate Karns from a game after he hung a curveball to Jose Abreu that permitted the large slugger to tie the game. Karns had sliced and diced his way through the Chicago lineup through the first 77 pitches before allowing a single to Tyler Saladino on a […]
When Joey Butler was signed by the Rays, it was such an afterthought we never even wrote it up here. Even when he was called up to replace Steven Souza Jr. the first time the rookie went to the disabled list, we did not write him up. Even when Butler was hitting .347/.373/.529, we didn’t […]
The Rays have dealt away Kevin Jepsen for minor league pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alex Tapia.
Earlier this month during one of the radio broadcasts, Dave Wills mentioned he was talking to a scout before the game that said, “Kiermaier has enough pop to hurt himself at the plate.” The larger point was that a player who looks like someone that could thrive as a slash and dash player sometimes took […]