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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays prospects are heating up down under

Good early results so far in the ABL. Plus: MLB’s unforced error.

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays Links

Rays Tales: Was moving on from C.J. Cron the right move? - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Topkin takes another look at the first big headline grabbing move to shock baseball pundits of the offseason.

Paul Hoover top candidate for final spot on Rays’ staff - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: A profile on the potential front runner for Rocco Baldelli’s former job.

Rays Top 50 Prospects: No1, Wander Franco, Phenom - Mat Germain, Wander Rays: Mat profiles his number 1 ranked Rays prospect, Wander Franco.

Neil Solondz shares how the Rays prospects are fairing down under with the Perth Heat: Tristan Gray has been consistently ignored and overlooked, but all he’s done since coming to the Rays has hit lasers. To catch some Gray and other Rays player highlights, as well as fill that much needed baseball void, you can catch highlights and full game video on the ABL’s YouTube page.

‏Rays GM Erik Neander & 40-man Addition Kyle Bird - Rays Radio: The always excellent Rays Radio podcast has an interview with one of the newest additions to the Rays 40 man roster, as well as some insight into the process from the FO for the 40 man deadline and the Cron DFA.

Around the League

MLB asks for the return of its $5,000 donation to Cindy Hyde-Smith - Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports: It didn’t take long for both the donation to be made, the donation to be revealed, and the donation to be requested back, and in that time MLB has not had a real great answer for anything involved.

Emily Walden breaks down how reasonable a modest pay raise to MiLB players could be.

The most extreme home run pitches of 2018 - Mike Petriello: Super fun read with plenty of videos of some absolutely absurd HRs.