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1B Dan Johnson, who hit big homers for #Rays, signing w/ #White Sox, minor-league deal

1B Dan Johnson, who hit big homers for #Rays, signing w/ #White Sox, minor-league deal

Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times First Canzler, now DanJo? It's like the Rays don't want to leave us any Quad-A first basemen to get ridiculously, emotionally attached to. Farewell, DanJo. The Legend of the Great Pumpkin shall never die.

White Sox sign Dan Johnson

This is way more depressing than the Canzler trade. Hopefully he gets a shot with the White Sox.

Justin Ruggiano to Elect Free Agency

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 30, 2012 at 3:59pm CST] Outfielder Justin Ruggiano will decline his outright assignment and become a free agent, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Twitter. The Rays had designated him for assignment last week. "It was a tough decision but in the end I had to do what was best for my career," Ruggiano said, according to Topkin. Ruggiano appeared in 46 games for the Rays last year, playing all three outfield positions. The 29-year-old posted a .248/.273/.400 line in 111 plate appearances. Ruggiano, who also played for the Rays in 2007-08, is not yet arbitration eligible.

Quick note on moderation. Now that we have re-thought our modding policy, I would appreciate it if...

Quick note on moderation. Now that we have re-thought our modding policy, I would appreciate it if people would please flag comments that they think cross the line. It'll help us keep up with all the different threads on the site, and hopefully make for a smoother process for everyone. If you do flag a post, please be sure to explain why you're flagging it. The mods will decide if you have a point, but if you flag something, they'll at least check it out. It's a good way to have your opinion heard.

RaysProspects Podcast - Episode 15

With the BaseballAmerica Prospect Handbook out, Kevin and Scott examined the top 30 prospects and compared it against the RaysProspects Top 30 list with some notable differences. After the break, they discuss the Jeff Keppinger signing (and the Russ Canzler DFA'ing) and how he'll help this season, plus the Prince Fielder deal and the remaining free agents before wrapping up with some bonus Greg Schiano talk.

Dougdirt over at MinorLeagueBall compiled John Sickels' rankings with WAR values from Victor Wang's...

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Dougdirt over at MinorLeagueBall compiled John Sickels' rankings with WAR values from Victor Wang's research. Thread here.

The increasingly desperate search for offense has caused some teams to focus on flexibility -- on...

The increasingly desperate search for offense has caused some teams to focus on flexibility -- on developing and finding cheaper players who can man multiple positions and help create favorable matchups on a given day. The Tampa Bay Rays are regarded as the masters of this, and Ben Zobrist could be the poster child of this mastery."

latest insider column from Buster Olney

Found this online today while looking at something else - enjoy as you re-live the first ever pitch...

Found this online today while looking at something else - enjoy as you re-live the first ever pitch in franchise history by Wilson Eduardo Alvarez.

TBO_Rays @TBO_Rays #Rays DFA OF Russ Canzler to clear room on the 40-man for Keppinger.

TBO_Rays  @TBO_Rays #Rays DFA OF Russ Canzler to clear room on the 40-man for Keppinger.

Well there goes any talk of him being on the opening day roster.
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