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This Date in Team History!

In 2014, although the Rays and James Loney had agreed to a deal about a month early, it took until January 3rd for the team to officially announce the signing, which happened to be the largest ever given out to a free agent by the team at $21 million over three years. In 2013, Loney was coming off a comeback year of sorts so the Rays rewarded him with the large extension.

After a decent 2014, Loney had one of the worst offensive seasons in team history during 2015 although injuries probably hampered his performance. He's scheduled to make over $9 million next season so his days with the Rays may be numbered.

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Brendan Harris

Today's Prospect:

[Prospect] has the strongest arm in the Cubs system and throws a dominating, heavy fastball that is consistently in the 93-95 mph range. He also throws a hard slider, a split-finger and a straight change. Weak and skinny when he signed, [Prospect] has developed a strong, durable body and he maintains his stuff well in the later innings.

Hint: was one of the top prospects in the Cubs' system in the late 90's

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There are 91 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of runs batted in Ben Zobrist had in 2009.

He had four in this game, including the final one that gave the Rays a walk off victory.

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Links!

- Our deepest condolences and sympathies to R.J. Anderson, whose mother passed away. He wrote this touching tribute to her.

- The biggest baseball news that occurred yesterday was that Jon Heyman decided to leave his position with CBS Sports

- 2015 all-star snub, Omar Infante underwent surgery on his right elbow and show be ready to go when spring training arrives

- The stars of today could be tomorrow's hall of famers

- Marc Topkin wrote an article for Baseball America, talking about the team's recent Rule 5 draft losses.

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