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Tank: Jays and Nats Make Trade

Another strong bullpen arm joins the AL East

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This Date in Team History!

In 2004, the Rays signed former Detroit top prospect and 2002 all-star, Robert Fick, who would turn in an absolutely dreadful season. Somehow he managed to play in almost half of the team's games before he was finally released in August. A few more plate appearances and Fick would qualify for one of the franchise's worst seasonal records.

AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% wRC+ WAR PA Games
.201 .273 .327 6 13.4% 8.4% 53 -1.0 238 76

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's trivia was Kelly Shoppach, answered correctly by essenpee

The lone wrong answer was Dioner Navarro

Today's prospect:

"[Prospect] is a sinker-slider pitcher and both are quality offerings. Righthanders have little chance when he throws his slider from a three-quarters angle. He can reach the mid-90s, but he’s more affective burying his fastball low in the zone at 90-93."

Hint: was ranked towards the bottom of his organization for three straight years in the early 2000's.

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There are 85 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of earned runs allowed by James Shields in 2008.

Zero of those runs came during this awesome start against the Angels.

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Links!

Another solid bullpen arm has been moved to the AL East as the Blue Jays acquired Drew Storen from the Nationals for Ben Revere.

- Evan Longoria had some very nice things to say about Logan Forsytheafter the second baseman enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2015.

- Hardball Times took a look at how cold weather can affect player performance,

- Sports Talk Florida examines if Enny Romero is ready to take a larger role in the Rays bullpen.

Rays Colored Glasses continue their prospect rankings with Johnny Field.

- Justin Upton is one of the best outfielders in the game, however his market has been surprisingly quiet