"King in the castle, king in the castle" -Borat
For a front office that is known for being very secretive and "poker-faced", reading an article about the Rays' plans this off-season would sound outright crazy to most fans. However, Mr. Chastain floored me today. For once, I'm actually almost tearful reading one of his articles and not due to it's similarities to an onion.
You had me at "improve", Andy, you had me at "improve"
Wait, did Chastain put together a combination of words and make into it a thought-provoking question towards Andy?
Need....air... Just kidding, but I haven't seen you do this since you took over for Smith (god rest his soul).
Looks like we're not gonna use last year's "wait and watch" approach that we used last year in Winter Meetings.
Just so I don't just quote every paragraph for this post, Andy basically explains his "no players are untouchable philosophy" which basically is...if you don't listen to everything, you miss out on something which may become a steal and a very lopsided deal. Phew, good to hear...I think? Again he says that we're not trading major leaguers for prospects (though, I'd be okay if we got a Gavin Floyd for a Hammel/Seo/E-Jax).
Andy explains why Huff/Hall/Lugo were traded:
Stupid Toby, thinking he was a "marquee" player.... paint me surprised! Ow, softer brush please.
And for those few people who miss Lugo and hated that he got traded, here's an early holiday present...kind of:
Hahaha, gotcha...he mentioned Briggy and Zobrist, not a chance in hell Lugo's coming back!
Some Rays fan will pull out the "Same old PR, same old rhetoric" with this quote, but that's better than them not telling us anything at all. Well, for me at least, I like that to hear that the Rays know their limitations and are working around them to improve the team overall.