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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Evan Longoria vs Analytics

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Also: are the Rays really “in” on another utility infielder?!

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

Rays News

The Rays are apparently one of the teams “in” on Josh Harrison. The Rays continue to be “in” on every 2B in the game.

Rays Tales: Why this roster may be set up just right - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Topkin takes a look at how the Rays roster as currently set up could be how it could look on Opening Day, and what last minute changes they could still do.

Rays fill out Minor League coaching staff for ‘19 - Juan Toribio, MLB.com

Quinton McCracken rejoins Rays as Triple-A coach - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: A familiar face rejoins the Rays organization.

Brujan, Lowe among MLB’s Top 10 2B prospects - Mike Rosenbaum, MLB.com: Rays have another pair of prospects make an MLB top ten positional list.

Around the League

The next Hall of Famer for all 30 teams - Will Leitch, MLB.com: With the HoF announcement coming Tuesday, Leitch takes a shot at the most likely hall of famer for each team (no surprise as to who the Rays best candidate is).

Evan Longoria had some strong takes about MLB FA, seemingly blaming analytics for devaluing players.

Speaking of Longo, Jon Heyman reports the rumor of the San Francisco Giants have been shopping Longoria to see if they can drum up any interest in the former face of the Rays.

The Reds and Yankees continue to work on completing a trade of Sonny Gray, and Ken Rosenthal speculates that the delay could be due to Cincinnati trying to work out a contract extension.

Former Rays prospect, and key piece of the Tommy Pham trade, Justin Williams punched a TV and fractured fingers in the process.