Options were both picked up and declined yesterday. At least one player was released. Ah, the offseason moves have officially started around the league!
While nothing new happened on the Rays behalf yesterday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com highlighted Tampa Bay’s needs and where they sit contract-wise on a number of key players. The acquisitions of James Loney and Yunel Escobar in 2013 were some of the top highlights of last offseason, while the signing of Roberto Hernandez wasn’t exactly the ‘career rejuvenation’ that we’ve seen with so many previous free-agent signings.
Here’s a list of free agents around MLB. Who would you like to see the Rays go after this offseason?
-As expected, the Royals exercised James Shields’ 2014 option, his last before becoming a free agent in 2015.
-Former All-Star, Matt Williams, was hired as the Washington Nationals head coach yesterday.
-Voting for the 2013 GIBBYS has officially started and the Rays are nominated in quite a few categories! Adam Berry breaks down the Rays nominations. You can vote by following this link!
-Bradley Woodrum examined a method for two-strike hitting over at FanGraphs.
-The Zorilla family was featured on a list of the top 12 Halloween costumes of MLB players!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>COWABUNGA DUDE. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23happyhalloween&src=hash">#happyhalloween</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23zorillafamily&src=hash">#zorillafamily</a> <a href="http://t.co/D2frBezhFB">pic.twitter.com/D2frBezhFB</a></p>— Ben Julianna Zobrist (@TheZobrists) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheZobrists/statuses/396050452317765632">October 31, 2013</a></blockquote>
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