Monday, March 3, 2008

'08 RAPs: Tampa Bay Rays

After a dismal 66-93 2007 season, you'd usually expect a team to be pessimistic about the next year. This is not the case with the Rays. They have by far the best farm system in the game, and will be looking for contributions from the likes of Evan Longoria, Jeff Niemann, and quite possibly the first man ever taken in a televised MLB Rule 4 draft, David Price. The Rays have also picked up talent via free agency and the trade market this year:

  • Traded Delmon Young, Brendan Harris, and Jason Pridie to the Twins for Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett: While I still think the Twins won this deal, it will certainly help out the Rays.

  • Traded Jeff Ridgeway to Atlanta for Willy Aybar.

  • Signed Cliff Floyd to a one-year deal with an option for 2009.

  • Signed Troy Percival to a 2-year deal.

  • Signed pitcher Trever Miller to a one-year contract.

  • Signed utility man Eric Hinske to a one-year deal.

  • Quick Rundown:

    Cather: Dioner Navarro
    1B: Carlos Pena
    2B: Akinori Iwamura
    SS: Jason Bartlett
    3B: Evan Longoria
    LF: Carl Crawford
    CF: B.J. Upton
    RF: Cliff Floyd
    DH: Rocco Baldelli


    SP1: Scott Kazmir
    SP2: Matt Garza
    SP3: James Shield
    SP4: Andy Sonnanstine/Edwin Jackson
    SP5: Jeff Niemann/Jason Hammel/David Price

    Stay Tuned: Tomorrow I will be covering the Orioles.

    Also, the reason this post may seem unorganized is I was having trouble with some of the tools, such as, centering, bullets, etc.

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