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View from the Catwalks: Nate Lowe Trade Reactions; Sternberg transcript released after alarming comments

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Yesterday we reacted to some alarming comments from the Rays owner made about the team and region in his first sit down since the World Series.

This morning, the Tampa Bay Times has added some positive comments also made by Stu Sternberg that help cushion the blow for the section about his players, including this initial reaction to Marc Topkin’s question about the deciding Game 6:

It’s nothing but pride. I had pride in the seventh inning in that game, I had pride on the bus ride back to the hotel, I had pride the next day. I still feel it, and it’s the word that I’ve used all along.

The transcript, behind the paywall, also has Sternberg on record saying his team has, “tremendous players” even if, “it’s not like we’ve got this group of Hall-of-Famers and All-Stars,” adding:

[...] if we didn’t like them as players we wouldn’t have them on the team, they wouldn’t be here and we’d have different guys.

Added context for his comments about his employees, the region, or the three-to-five year financial smokescreen were... uh, not available.

Rays News

  • Rays weren’t leaving the Winter Meetings without making a move:

We’ll have analysis on all things Rule 5 shortly.

  • Neil Solondz has a massive Winter Meetings wrap up podcast that’s worth your time!

Around the League

  • Daniel Bard wins maybe the most earned Comeback Player of the Year award after years and years of the yips, and struggle, and fighting his way to being able to just throw a ball where he wanted it to go: