The Rays Tank: David Price is back, Scott Feldman is coming

Waving hello, or goodbye? - Mike McGinnis

And they're both ready to make a playoff push.

The Rays pulled off what might end up being their biggest move of the trading season when they promoted David Price from Durham and then watched him pitch like a Cy Young award winner. After the game Price said that was "probably the best I felt on a baseball field, maybe in my entire life, honestly."

You can read Erik's recap here, and we'll break down his start more later today, but a spoiler: Price's pitches looked pretty normal for him, and quite a bit better than they'd looked before his time on the disabled list. He was so efficient that he completed seven innings in only 70 pitches and found himself up 5-0, so we don't really know how long his leash is right now, but the velocity was there.

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  • Jeff Moore has an piece over at The Hardball Times describing what each minor league level is like. It's a good read about a system that can be pretty confusing.
  • Joe Posnanski, with some help from Tom Tango, has a fun write up about what he calls "Brilliant Reader Replacement Level." Here's the basic idea. Replacement level, as it's usually defined, accurately reflects the type of player most teams have stashed away as triple-A depth, or can trade for with limited investment. In that sense, it's a good way of calculating value (WAR). But it's not the way fans calculate value. If you give fans a slate of retired pitchers and ask them to rank them, they'll do so based on how they feel about high-performance seasons and longevity. From these rankings, it's possible to calculate where replacement level is in a fan's brain, which is quite a bit higher than in the real world.
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