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A remarkable season is rewarded with an awesome contract

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This Date in Team History!

In 2008, the Rays signed Carlos Pena to a three year deal worth $24 million following his unbelievable 2007 season where he shattered team records. The deal worked out fantastically for the Rays as Pena averaged 2.5 WAR a year over the deal as well as about 33 home runs a season. He also brought tremendous value to the team as a clubhouse leader.

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Jae Weong Seo, answered correctly by turntwo21

Today's prospect:

[Prospect] has the organization’s best lefthanded power potential. The ball explodes off his bat when he is zoned in at the plate. [Prospect] has plenty of athleticism and range to become an above-average defensive first baseman.

Hint: A 1995 first round pick and three-time top-ten prospect for his organization, joined Tampa Bay sometime between 2000 and 2004.

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There are 76 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of home runs hit by Matt Joyce during his career.

One of those home runs ended Max Scherzer's no-hit attempt in grand fashion

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Links!

- Joe Maddon's protest about the Cubs constantly changing start times paid off as they will be more consistent in 2016.

- It's inevitable that the DH will eventually be full-time in the NL, and now it's closer than ever.

- A column at the Tampa Tribune suggest MLB should help the Rays finance a new stadium.

- Rebuilding is a situation almost every team goes through every so often, so Grant Brisbee suggest it's a time for excitement.

- Rays Colored Glasses ranked 2010 first round pick, Justin O'Conner, 17th in their rundown of Rays prospects.