It is officially the end of the "Lids to the Left" era for the Rays as Fernando Rodney signed a two-year, $14 million deal with the Seattle Mariners.
Rodney’s new teammate, Logan Morrison, apparently doesn’t know the difference between bananas and plantains, as he tweeted out the following welcome to Fernando.
Chris Archer was interviewed by a Raleigh news station and discussed the adversity that he overcame to bring him to where he is today.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune talked with Jake Odorizzi about his chance to join the Rays rotation this year. Odorizzi told Mooney,
"The opportunity just kind of fell in my lap, I guess you would say. I'm going to go in with the same mindset. Just go in, get ready, throw the ball well and leave the decision up to the front office. That's all you can do, and that's all I can control. No one's told me I'm the fifth starter, so I'm going to go in there and try to win a job."
-The Nationals are still reportedly in talks with the Rays for Jose Lobaton.
-Hal Bodley of MLB.com explains why the Rays are a serious contender in the AL East.
-Steve Staude introduces his hitting correlation tool, live on the Hardball Times.
-Weren't the Toronto Blue Jays supposed to be a surprise team last year? Matthew Kory of Sports On Earth thinks that they could be in 2014 as well.
-Needles and creams are a thing of the past! Now, all athletes need to do is inhale a little Xenon for an extra boost, which Hardball Talk is calling the next PED.
-Happy Friday! Here’s a post from Grant Brisbee -- now of SB Nation MLB, where he has joined forces with David Roth and Marc Normandin -- in which you get to see Alex Rodriguez’s crying face.
Grant's writing partner of the past few years, Rob Neyer, is joining Fox Sports as their Senior Baseball Editor.
Update with his announcement:
Hey, I got a new job! (first column next Monday) http://t.co/lWeDCJ7ESm— robneyer (@robneyer) February 7, 2014