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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Zach Britton sticks around the AL East

Plus: invent a new, terrible rule!

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL postseason this weekend was a pretty mixed bag. A couple close games, but mostly pretty dull in my opinion. During the Texans and Colts game, there was a close play where it seemed that maybe instead of a TD, the ball may have been coming loose and it could have been ruled a fumble in the endzone. It’s an incredibly silly rule, that is right there with the dropped 3rd strike can lead to a baserunner level of silly rules.

Unlike with the dropped 3rd strike, a fumble into the endzone is an incredibly large swing. This isn’t a single baserunner, this is switching up from points to a turnover. I thought way too much about this because it’s January and baseball news has come to a grinding slowdown.

So, what would be your invention for the baseball equivalent?

Rays Links Extras Podcast: Tim McMaster chats with newest Rays beat writer Juan Toribio

Tampa Bay Rays Prospects Overview - JJ Cooper, Baseball America

Tampa Bay Rays should consider Shawn Kelley - Austin Reimann, Rays Colored Glasses: Austin makes an interesting case for Kelley, although it seems like that role (I like to call it “the Chaz Roe Role or “Roel”) might have been filled with the re-acquisition of Oliver Drake.

The Rays’ closing the upper deck makes sense, unless it was your baseball home - John Romano, Tampa Bay Times: I am a big fan of the proposed changes to the Trop, and trying to bring some of the feedback from the proposed Ybor stadium into the current Tropicana Field. However, I do feel for folks who are affected by these changes.

Around the League

Yankees bringing back Zach Britton on three-year, $39 million deal - Jeff Passan, ESPN: Yankees keeping their late game bullpen strong.

The New York team from Queens also made some moves this weekend. Each move is, of course, quite bizarre, interesting and very Mets-ian. Longenhagen over at Fan Graphs breaks down all the moving pieces the Mets are trading and receiving.

Mets Acquire J.D. Davis at Steep Price - Eric Longenhagen, Fan Graphs

Mets Trade Three Prospects for Keon Broxton’s Defense - Eric Longenhagen, Fan Graphs

MLB managers trash talk over spot in ‘MVP Baseball 2005’ lineup - Mark Townsend, Yahoo! Sports: Some good natured fun, but quite disappointed Rocco didn’t get in the video.