Yandy Diaz finds a fit with Tampa - B. Ellis, Beyond the Box Score: Another positive review of Yandy Diaz the player and the swap from Bauers to Diaz for both the short and long term.
Leaving Las Vegas: What we think we know now about Rays - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: There was no team quite as busy as the Tampa Bay Rays, making headlines everyday of the Winter Meetings. Topkin recaps what went down, what’s to come, and what to make out of all the moving and shaking on the Rays.
Rays Mailbag: Juan Toribio on what’s next after Tampa Bay’s two huge deals - Juan Toribio, The Athletic: A fun mailbag answering a lot of the burning questions post-Vegas. One fascinating answer from Juan was:
”In fact, some agents have even approached the Rays to let them know that they believe their clients could serve as good openers.”
Going Deep: Why You Should Believe in Joey Wendle’s Breakout - Ben Palmer, Pitcher List: Mostly discussing Wendle from a fantasy perspective, Ben does a good job showcasing some encouraging trends and adjustments Wendle made that offer some hope for more Joey magic in 2019.
Tampa Bay Rays stadium options now largely in St. Pete - Charlie Frago and Josh Solomon, Tampa Bay Times: One of the biggest, and most disappointing, bits of news from the winter Meetings was the collapse of the Ybor City stadium deal. Frago and Solomon share their thoughts on what’s next for the Rays stadium search and hopes.
Dream Killer: Sorry Expos Fans, The Tampa Bay Rays Aren’t Moving To Montreal - Eric Macramalla, Forbes: A little cold water for our neighbors from the Great White North, who have been circling like buzzards lately.
Tom Jones says goodbye to sports after 33 years - Tom Jones, Tampa Bay Times: Longtime sportswriter for the TB Times is moving on to a new opportunity, and shares his final thoughts on the area team’s he’s covered for over 30 years.
Around the League
Wilson Ramos roams to the New York Mets (per Daniel Álvarez Montes). This presumably takes the Mets out of the Realmuto sweepstakes.
Jake Bauers on Hitting (It’s Pure Reaction) - David Laurila, Fan Graphs: Laurila’s interview with now ex-Ray Jake Bauers (that’s still going to take getting used to).
The Alex Claudio Trade Tells Us a Lot - Eric Longenhagen, Fan Graphs: Fascinating article from Longenhagen on draft theory and perceived value of pitching and pitching prospects.