Marc Topkin chimes in on this beautiful Thursday morning with some great news.
Redemption is a wonderful thing, blasting the organization and not pitching well basically did the job for the Rays here. As far as that second note I just can't believe that Gomes would have to prove anymore to stay over Cantu, who is more of a defensive liability and clearly hasn't fully regained his stroke.
The key here is that just adding G-Lover (as Maddon calls him) to the 40 man doesn't mean he'll be on the opening day roster, still allowing Jae-Kuk Ryu an opportunity in the long relief role.
Look Glover has been great this spring, but unless Orvella and Salas are those last two, he really has no business making the team.
If Cantu is sent down, Upton likely would be the primary starter at second, with Ty Wigginton (who will play often at first base) and Harris also getting time. If Gomes is sent down, Cantu and Upton likely would share time at second.
Interestingly enough I'd love to see Upton become the starter at second, though this would be the headshot as far as Cantu's value.
Update [2007-3-29 15:54:17 by Patrick L. Kennedy]: It's official. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting on his blog that the Rays have sent Dan Miceli packing. Miceli, who had one year left on a two year deal with the Rays, will not see the end of it. Cited in the post as a possibility for the release: Miceli's character issues, that, and........he simply isn't a good baseball player. Topkin reported that the move was made with freeing up a bullpen spot for Gary Glover in mind.