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Welcome to the Rays Tank!

Where the team signs journeyman & Boston's playoff hopes are dashed!

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This date in Rays History!

In 1974, Jamey Wright is born (literally nothing else Rays related happened). Wright spent the 2013 season with Tampa Bay and finally reached the postseason for the first time in his 18 year career. Wright served a solid veteran presence in the Rays bullpen and was a decent middle relief guy for Joe Maddon. He finished the season with a 3.09 ERA and a 3.13 FIP to along with a 22.6 K% and a 8.0 BB% over 70 innings pitched.

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Casey Fossum, answered correctly by Brickhaus

Wrong answers included Bobby Seay, Mark Hendrickson, & Erik Bedard

Today's prospect:

"He has a picture-perfect swing, a quick bat and an uncanny sense of the strike zone, with more walks than whiffs as a pro. He isn’t troubled by lefthanders, against whom he batted .349 last year. He works hard and makes adjustments easily when needed. [Prospect] has soft hands and a strong, accurate arm at third base."

Hint: was once the top prospect in his organization for three straight years.

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There are 101 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of saves recorded by Roberto Hernandez during his Rays tenure.

One of those saves ended the Red Sox playoff hopes

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Links!

- The big news from yesterday is that the Pirates signed John Jaso to a two year deal worth $8 million with the idea that he would serve as part of a platoon at first base.

- A couple of days ago, Fox made waves as they announced that Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci would be leaving their broadcast booth in 2016.

- A few days old, but this is a must read with the link provided bt Brian Andersbot in the Tuesday Tank is an excellent read on evaluating minor league pitchers.

- The Mets made it to the world series for the first time since the year 2000, however they were quickly dominated by the Royals. Now with the chance to improve the team, ownership is unwilling to spend on big dollar fee agents.

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