Erik Hahmann


Editor at DRaysBay, writer for RotoGraphs, TV writer for Creative Loafing.


AL East: Where Young Catching Talent Rules The Earth


There are several compelling story lines within the American League East this season. Carl Crawford is a Red Sox, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are Rays, the Yankees are determinated to build the...

Comparable Players By Age


Upon the retirement of Rocco Baldelli at the early age of 29, Matt Klaassen thought it fit to try and figure out what type of career he may have had if injuries hadn't ravaged his legs. Klaassen...

Rays #2 In Keith Law's Organizational Rankings


2. Tampa Bay Rays Probably second even before they dealt Matt Garza, they're now No. 2 with a bullet and not far behind Kansas City for No. 1. They're absolutely loaded, with top-end talent near that of K.C., but not the extensive depth of prospects the Royals have. The Rays have focused on arms and impact bats in the middle of the field, mixing in the occasional corner bat (Josh Sale), but mostly recognizing that replacement level is so low right now for certain positions and roster spots that there's still some hidden value to be found. They also boast more picks in the first three rounds of the 2011 draft than any other club, so look for the prospect-rich to get richer.

Stop With The Hit Show Comments, Please.


As expected, most of the reactions to the signings of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez have been positive. That's the way it should be, considering the low risk/high reward possibilities that those...

Report: Rays and Johnny Damon closing in on deal


Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Rays and Johnny Damon are closing in on a deal. Damon is a far less exciting option than Vlad or Manny, so that would be slightly disappointing.

A Q&A With Marc Normandin


If you're a regular reader of this site then you're familiar with the work of Marc Normandin. You've seen his work at Baseball Prospectus and Marc is also the self proclaimed father of Beyond the...

What Would You Like To See In 2011?


Those of us who write for DRaysBay do it for many different reasons, but I think one stands above the rest: Because people read it. You people. This site wouldn't be as popular as it is and...

Andrew Friedman Cares Not


It takes a strong man not to care in the slightest what people think of him. Most of us, as much as we may not want to admit it, care what someone thinks of us. And most of us don't have millions...

DRB's First Writing Contest: Write an Article, Win a Book


As you've all probably figured out by now, this time of the year is pretty slow. We've speculated and written about seemingly every free agent the Rays could have any interest in. Until the they...

Report: Rays Interested In Brian Fuentes


Per Mark Topkin: They appear to be very interested in free-agent lefthander Brian Fuentes, and are trying to add him to the back end of their rebuilt bullpen Fuentues had a 3.85FIP/4.54xFIP last...

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