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"#Rays closing in on a major-league deal with INF Jeff Keppinger, likely to be finalized by end of...

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"#Rays closing in on a major-league deal with INF Jeff Keppinger, likely to be finalized by end of the week."

Marc Topkin

RaysProspects Podcast Episode 14

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Carlos Pena Signing, AL East Top 25, Projected Full-Season Rotations, and Yu Darvish Enjoy

Fielder 9yrs/$214M (per Heyman)

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The competition in the American League sure has stepped it up a notch this off-season. Buckle up - it should be a fun ride!!

Feats of Strength!

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A Festivus celebration is not complete without the Feats of Strength! It is a bit difficult to wrestle one another to the floor via TCP/IP, but we can see which Rays hit the longest home runs in 2011. Did you know that Justin Ruggiano hit the longest home run of the season and B.J. Upton had three of the five longest for the team? Check out the rest of list and the videos linked to all of them.

Rays Interested in Jeff Keppinger

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The Keppinger rumor is now MLB Trade Rumor worthy as Jerry Crasnick is now reporting that the Rays have indeed expressed interest in the infielder. It's very nice to finally have confirmation of this from another source.

Projecting the Rays 2012 Lineup

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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

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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

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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..

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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?
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