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#15 : January 23, 2014, 10:17:07 PM

They also resigned Loney and Dejesus.  And yes, Shelton did a heck of a job with the guys last year  ;)
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#16 : January 25, 2014, 11:33:19 AM

Maybe this is the year chosen to take their very best shot at the World Series?

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#17 : January 26, 2014, 12:11:40 AM

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/rays-owner-sternberg-rejects-phrase-all-in/2162782

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#18 : January 27, 2014, 09:01:18 AM

I think this would be the year for them to win it, though.


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#19 : January 27, 2014, 09:36:26 AM

I agree and it would appear that they are spending a little extra to give themselves the best chance as dbuc said

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#20 : January 28, 2014, 11:11:54 AM

Keith Law ranks the Rays farm system #23.  Ouch.

23. Tampa Bay Rays

Years of good trades helped keep the Rays near the top of the list since I started compiling these rankings, but they've been crushed by the graduations of Wil Myers and Chris Archer last year plus several unproductive drafts -- when Kevin Kiermaier and Tim Beckham reached the majors in September, they were the first players drafted and developed by the Rays to suit up for the team since David Price and Matt Moore from the 2007 draft.

The Rays have been hurt by on-field success that gives them lower picks and limits their draft and international bonus pools, but they haven't fared well even within those limits.

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#21 : January 28, 2014, 11:17:50 AM

DRaysbay took a look at Friedman's drafts

http://www.draysbay.com/2014/1/27/5346018/reviewing-andrew-friedmans-drafts

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#22 : January 28, 2014, 01:08:55 PM

when Kevin Kiermaier and Tim Beckham reached the majors in September, they were the first players drafted and developed by the Rays to suit up for the team since David Price and Matt Moore from the 2007 draft.

That's damn-near pathetic.


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#23 : January 28, 2014, 01:18:43 PM

And draysbay didn't have a much shinier outlook on recent drafts.    Although pilfering some of the young guys from other organizations through trade has brought some positive results.  Eventually Price will as well.

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#24 : February 03, 2014, 12:07:55 PM

Season not starting out well:

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/03/jeremy-hellickson-out-until-may-following-elbow-surgery/


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#25 : February 03, 2014, 08:02:00 PM

Hellickson was awful.


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#26 : February 03, 2014, 11:00:08 PM

Season not starting out well:

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/03/jeremy-hellickson-out-until-may-following-elbow-surgery/


I saw that this morning.  Tough luck for the guy.

On a side note, the frekin Yankees trying to buy a pennant as usual.  They signed that Japanese guy last week for 50 zillion dollars. He looks to be quite the pitcher.  But its not unusual for those Japanese pitchers to throw 150 pitches a game.  Have to wonder how much he has left.


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#27 : February 13, 2014, 11:08:47 AM

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/13/rays-trade-jose-lobaton-to-nationals-for-nate-karns/


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#28 : February 13, 2014, 11:24:18 AM

Sounds like a decent pitching prospect for Lobaton.  Big arm, not great control?   26 years old?


Karns is a well-regarded prospect with a big arm, but questions remain whether he will stick in the rotation. Baseball America placed him at the ninth spot among the Nationals' top ten prospects. He had been expected to have an outside chance at earning a rotation spot in D.C., but otherwise would likely have served as minor league depth. Instead, he will presumably find himself facing a similar proposition in Tampa.

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#29 : February 13, 2014, 12:59:12 PM

I think he will be good arm in the bullpen for the Rays in due time. Here is a good read on him.

http://theprocessreport.net/rays-acquire-nate-karns/

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