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Morning news, links, history, and trivia for Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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Links

History

2007 - The Rays acquired Brendan Harris from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash considerations. He’d go on to have a career for the Rays, accruing over 2 fWAR, then in November, the Rays flipped him along with Delmon Young to Minnesota in the trade that netted Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett.

In November, Mark Suleymanov interviewed for Harris about his Devil Rays days

Trivia

The answer to Wednesday’s trivia was Jose Bautista

Name the former/current Rays player based on an excerpt from Baseball America

His four-seam fastball tops out at 89 mph, but both it and his lively two-seamer play above-average because of his command. His plus curveball comes in two varieties, one he can bury in the dirt for a strikeout and another he throws for strikes. His splitter elicits swings-and-misses because it closely resembles his two-seamer. He also uses a fosh changeup. He's not afraid to throw inside, but [Prospect] needs to do so more often. He can rely too much on his curveball at times. His bulldog nature is often an asset, though he sometimes loses control of his emotions. His feel for pitching and heart could make him a middle-of-the-rotation starter.

Hint - Never ranked in the top 10 of his organization, but was ranked 11th in the mid-2000’s in his system