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Tank: Rays signing Johnny Damon?

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(yes, they did)

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This Date in Team History!

In 2011, reports broke that the Rays were close to signing veteran outfielder, Johnny Damon. It would take a few weeks, but the Rays finally confirmed the deal. Adding Manny Ramirez to the mix generated some exciting buzz among the Rays fan base. The duo was supposed to split outfield and DH duties, but just six games into the season Ramirez's major league career was over.

Damon however spent the full season with Tampa Bay, providing quality leadership and a solid bat at the top of the order as the Rays made a dramatic run to the postseason. Following the season, the team and Damon parted ways, much to the chagrin of Damon, as the Rays moved on to another DH in his place.

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Trivia Time! (Ian)

Yesterday's answer was Chad Bradford.

For today's trivia, here's a movement chart.

Hint: You can probably tell this from the chart, but this guy got ground balls. He sported the second highest GB% in Rays history for anyone with over 30 innings pitched.

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There are 73 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of at-bats that Daniel Nava had during his brief Rays tenure.

One of those at-bats produced this solo home run.

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Links (Ian)

- Andy Sonnanstine wasn't a great pitcher, probably because he's good at everything else. One man only has so much talent to spread around. Here's Sonny drilling a 35 yard field goal.

- The most important news for Rays fans is that MLB settled their TV lawsuit and preserved the territorial blackout system. TV rights are what keeps teams from moving markets whenever they feel like it. This decision makes the Rays much less likely to leave the area.

- Speaking of settlements, did MLB teams collude in the 2002 free agent market? Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. They settled the suit.

- Speaking of free agent markets, here are the infielders left. There's a price at which I'd bring Lakeland native Steve Pearce home.

- A good visualization of arbitration filings and results. It will be updated as the numbers come in.