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Morning news and links!

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This Date in Team History!

In 2004, the Rays signed cuban pitcher, Danys Baez to a potential three year deal with the first two guaranteed. Tampa had coveted the reliever for a long time, just narrowly missing out on landing him when he first defected from Cuba in 1999, but instead Baez chose to sign with Cleveland. With the Indians declining an option on him following 2003, the Rays swooped him and snagged him.

Baez would enjoy two solid years in the backend of the Rays bullpen, serving as the team's closer as he set career highs in saves in consecutive years (30 and 41). During the 2005-2006 offseason, as the Rays were going through an 'under construction' process, they traded Baez along with Lance Carter to the Dodgers for Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany.

You can read more on Baez, here.

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Felipe Lopez

Onto Darby, for today's trivia.

Who holds the team record for most consecutive games with a hit with 19 straight?

Fun Fact: 19 hits is the lowest consecutive game hit total of all active major league franchises.

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There are 88 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of runs batted in that Evan Longoria had during the 2013 season.

Two of those runs came via this walkoff shot

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Links!

- Marc Topkin gives us a peak at his Hall of Fame ballot and some of the reasoning behind his choices. It's always interesting to get a glimpse into the mindset of the Hall of Fame voters.

- Is January going to be an exciting and extra busy month on the hot stove?

- Friend of the site, ex-Grantland alum, and noted Montreal Expos fan Jonah Keri is taking his talents to the pages of Sports Illustrated and the MLB Network.

- Joe Posnanski gives us a spectacular look into the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad process of baseball Hall of Fame Voters.

- In some rather interesting news, former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of the co-architects of "Moneyball" in Oakland, Paul DePodesta is leaving the MLB to become the Executive VP of the NFL's Cleveland Browns.