Dennis Maffezzoli covers the Rays for the Herald Tribune. I recently had a chance to ask Dennis some questions about the Rays. I put a few of the questions on the DRays Bay Diaries on the right sidebar or click on the links here:
Players to build franchise around
Delmon : DRay or Biscuit
Carl & Rocco
The rest of the Q&A follows:
LaMar went into the winter meetings saying that this would be a busy offseason in the number of moves, and he came away with only signing players that basically no other teams wanted, what happened?
Why is it that Vince and LaMar brought this experienced manager in Lou and he has yet to really expand the payroll. What is the rationale here? Is it that he can't or won't spend the money?
What do you think was promised to Lou as far as payroll expectations? Do you think he was misled in any way?
How has Chuck managed to stay in his job as GM given that they really have yet to really accomplish anything significant on the field? Is Vince just too loyal or is Chuck just executing Vince's vision?
I tend to agree that if the Devil Rays put a winner on the field, people will come. It tooks the Tampa Bay Bucs to a have a regime change in order for the perception to change, what do you think is neccessary here for Tampa to be viewed as a legitimate franchise?
Do you see Lou getting an extension on his contract or has he seen enough of the Lou and Chuck Show?
How will the Rays integrate the bats of Upton and Young? Does this mean Huff and Lugo are moved to new positions, or should they 'rent but not own' ?
On most teams, there are leaders, who are the leaders on this team?
With the Tampa Bay Bucs, the former GM McKay got tired of telling the coach Gruden 'no' and left, how do these two guys work together. Are they on the same page or do they have different visions?
If Aubrey Huff played for a big market team,would be talking about one of the great young players in the game? What is it going to take for him to become an all-star?
Are the reason the young guys are not up this year due to money reasons (where the organization does not want to start their MLB clock to free agency) or developmental reasons?