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Projecting the Rays 2012 Lineup

Sandy does his thing regressing platoon splits. Looking at his numbers it seems calling for a Pena platoon is a bit short-sighted.

Bullpen Banter Top 100 Prospects - Enny Romero

Hey all! We started revealing our top 100 prospect list today. Starting at # 100 and working our way down. Check out our round table discussion on all of them, including the Rays' Enny Romero. There are a bunch of Rays on the list, so check back often! Also, a big thanks to Steve, Jason and Co. for the continued support.

Pena & Fielding

The ESPN StatsInfo blog should already be on your reading list as it provides outstanding information throughout the year. Today's column has this factiod: "Baseball Info Solutions does video review of every play of every game, tagging plays into more than 30 categories of Good Fielding Plays. Pena was the 2011 leader in the category most pertinent to first basemen: Handling Difficult Throws. Pena was credited with 58 instances of handling a throw that was either in the dirt or close to pulling him off the bag, 13 more than anyone else in baseball. That’s the most by any first baseman in a season since BIS started charting the stat in 2004. " Read the link to see what else Mark Simon has to say about Pena as there is some bad with the good.

1st Projected Standings Out..

84-78, again now 85-77 Also, has Rays with lowest runs scored total in the East and 4th lowest in the league. Of note, the Rangers are going to allow the least amount of runs in the AL this season?

"I had fun playing with my AWESOME teammates at home in front of my friends and family!"

"I had fun playing with my AWESOME teammates at home in front of my friends and family!"

via The Heater The Rays could not have made the return trip to the post-season without the magical contributions from Kotch. Nice to see him take the high road on the way out the door and we wish him the best of luck to wherever he ends up next (Cleveland).

He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Heyman says Pena is getting $7.25M on a 1 yr deal. Amazing that...

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He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Heyman says Pena is getting $7.25M on a 1 yr deal. Amazing that another $7M was found in the budget as it was for Soriano in 2010. Full analysis forthcoming but whose smile is bigger right now - Pena's or the one on your own face?

@TBrownYahoo Tim Brown Tampa Bay Rays are in pretty deep on Carlos Pena. Would be a great fit, of...

@TBrownYahoo Tim Brown Tampa Bay Rays are in pretty deep on Carlos Pena. Would be a great fit, of course.

Heyman also weighed in that it is true. Bring back the :)%!!!!

Rays Make Minor League Signings

Rays signed OF Jesus Feliciano, 2B Will Rhymes & RHRP Romulo Sanchez (back from Japan) to minors deals.

Athletics Shopping Brandon Allen

Per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the A's are shopping 1B Brandon Allen. Obviously here we would expect the Rays to have some degree of interest (lacking a long-term solution at 1B) but it's unclear how much.

Drew Vettleson Maturing, Preparing for the Grind

A look at top prospect Drew Vettleson, from John over at Rays Digest. The article features a number of interesting quotes from Vettleson and Princeton Rays GM Drew Holland.

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