The Rays are allegedly looking for relief help on the trade market, so it’s news whenever a reliever is traded to someone else, and that market shrinks. Yesterday, that was Pat Neshek, going from the Phillie to the Rockies for a package of prospects.
- In that same conversation, MLB Trade Rumors broke down the market for left-handed relievers. Neshek is a righty, although I’m not sure the Rays are too picky about handedness right now.
- Jason Hanselman also dug into that same reliever market.
- Shortstop prospect Lucius Fox was promoted to High-A Charlotte.
- If you missed it, go back and read Brett’s article on Fox at the Futures Game.
- Kevin Kiermaier and Daniel Robertson will both join Fox there for their rehab assignments tomorrow.
- Charlotte is rehab central, and here’s a positive report on the performance of Johnny Venters.
The good news for #Rays Jonny Venters - hits were a couple weak choppers and he touched 94 mph for the first time during Stone Crabs rehab— John Vittas (@JohnVittas3) July 27, 2017
- Chris Gigley wrote about sexism now, baseball, and A League of Their Own on the movie’s 25th anniversary.
- KATOH’s midseason prospect list is out.
- Adrian Beltre is funny.
- The manager of the baseball strategy group for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Shingo Murata, went on the Effectively Wild podcast yesterday to talk about baseball statistics analysis on Japan. It’s a good interview for anyone interested in Japanese baseball, and Murata sounds like a really smart, cool, probably handsome guy. When asked, “Is it fair to say that the Golden Eagles are the Rays, or the A’s, or the Indians?” Murata says, “I’d like to think we are.”