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Thanks.Well, if that was the case, and the Rays would have agreed to $7 million, then his demands cost him $1m. I'm wondering if he just didn't want to play in Tampa.
Quote from: Sweep on March 05, 2013, 04:11:14 PMThanks.Well, if that was the case, and the Rays would have agreed to $7 million, then his demands cost him $1m. I'm wondering if he just didn't want to play in Tampa.It's posturing and it is what Boras does. Instead of calling his bluff and drafting the guy we went with the less expensive guy. Not just up front, but down the road since Beckham was going to take 4-5 years to develop. He was obviously the best choice for the team if not the best player in the draft. We screwed the pooch because they were too cheap to take the guy. Like I said before, he could have helped make Stu a bunch of money and get his stadium.
I'm not sure why every time someone disagrees with something the Rays do you consider it whining, but I was "whining" at the time then as well.
I don't know what was said for sure 5 years ago (maybe I'll look back when I have a chance), but it was pretty obvious then and is now and has been for the past 5 years that they are going with the cheaper option when possible. Which is fine for the most part, but it isn't fine when you will not make moves to improve obvious needs. They passed on Bay. They passed on Pence. They finally pulled the trigger on the Shields deal (made sense financially as well) to get Myers and even threw in Davis to get it done. Hopefully that pans out.
Speaking of Gimenez, (you guys probably already knew this but I didn't) he has a minor league option so the odds are against him staying. But c'mon, last year after being sent down to Durham May 28 and changing his swing, in 71 games there he hits .310, 10 hr's, 49 RBI's. Then after being recalled to the Rays on Aug 31, he hits .406, 3 doubles, 1 hr, and 5 RBI's in 18 games to finish the season. And now, this spring, he's leading the club in hitting at .526 in 10 games.I have zero knowledge or memory of his defense or calling pitches, but, that's a hot bat since May 28 a year ago.