This Date in Team History!
In 2011, the Rays signed veteran, hardcore reliever, Kyle Farnsworth with the deal being reported first by Draysbay. The deal would pay $3.25 million in 2011 with an option for a second year that would give him $6 million total. Farnsworth would enjoy one of the best years in his career in 2011, giving the Rays the easy decision to accept his option.
Unfortunately Farnsworth dealt with injuries and poor performance in 2012. The Rays decided to bring him back in 2013, but he again struggled and was gone after half the season. After 2014, Farnsworth decided to play semi-pro football and actually led his team in sacks. Now, he's trying to return to baseball and he finished the year in the Mexican leagues.
The answer to yesterday's question was Juan Salas.
[Prospect] is a classic country boy with tremendous bat speed and plus-plus raw power to all fields. He cut down on his swing midway through the season and improved his patience at the plate. His hands work exceptionally well, enabling him to control the bat head and put the barrel on the ball. His swing is particularly effective from the point of contact through the finish. He has surprising speed for his size and good instincts on the bases.
Hint: he was one of the team's top ten prospects following the 2007 season.
There are 79 days until Opening Day!
That's the same number of runs scored by Melvin Upton Jr. during the 2012 season.
One of those runs came on this walkoff blast that finished off a six run ninth.
- Yesterday, the St Petersburg city council finally passed a deal that will allow the Rays to possibly move from Tropicana Field by the 2018 season.
- Today is the Rays self imposed deadline to settle with all arbitration eligible players. They have already agreed to deals with Jake McGee, Desmond Jennings, Brandon Guyer, and Alex Cobb.
- They are also very close to signing 2015 team MVP, Logan Forsythe, to a potential three year deal.
- The Tampa Bay Times looks at possible locations for the Rays to place a new stadium in Hillsborough County.
My personal suggestion...
- Drafted out of high school, Garrett Whitley knows a he has a long road to the show.
- Hardball Times takes a look at one of the rare occurrences in the game, the majestic broken bat homerun.