It Was a Very Good Year: The Departed

Of course, I wanted to extend the season. Yet, I find myself incredibly satisfied with the wild ride that was the 2011 Rays baseball season. A year ago we said goodbye to past hero's Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Jason Bartlett, Matt Garza, Rafael Soriano, Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour and the trusted ROOGY/LOOGY tandem of Dan Wheeler and Randy Choate. This was the year that was supposed to be highlighted by the amateur draft due to the surplus of picks and watching some of the young guns develop their games in an environment of lowered expectations.

Below is a quick look at the talent that was lost along with the contract received and any trade or draft pick compensation received:

Player

years/$M

Compensation

Carl Crawford

7/142

Taylor Guerreri, Tyler Goeddel

Carlos Pena

10

 

Jason Bartlett

2/11

Brandon Gomes, Cesar Ramos,

Adam RussellCole Figueroa

Matt Garza

5.95

Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer, Hak Ju Lee,

Robinson Chirinos, Sam Fuld

Rafael Soriano

3/35

Mikie Mahtook, Brandon Martin

Joaquin Benoit

3/16.5

Kes Carter

Grant Balfour

2/8.1

Jeff Ames, Granden Goetzman

Dan Wheeler

3

 

Randy Choate

2/2.5

Grayson Garvin

Brad Hawpe

3

Blake Snell

Chad Qualls

2.55

James Harris

Total

239.6

 

 

The departing free agents earned an incredible $239.6 million in contracts, while the Rays received a legend named Fuld and 18 prospects. Oh, and the Rays won the wildcard out of the American League East.

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