- It may be Spring Training for the Rays players, but the Rays media team already has their hype videos in mid-season form:
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- Dan Szymborski clearly saved the best for last!
- Notes: Snell ‘motivated’ to return to Cy form - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: A motivated (and healthy) Snell would be a huge difference maker in 2020.
- Rays’ Kevan Smith had an interesting cameo in Astros scandal - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times ($): One of the newest Rays catchers had some neat insight into the biggest drama of the offseason.
- Five Spring Training predictions for the Rays - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: What does Juan foresee for the Rays 2020?
- Rays driven by disappointing end to 2019 as they start prep for 2020 - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times ($): Young, talented, and motivated.
- Top Three Trades in Tampa Bay Rays’ History - Keegan McGuiggan, Rays Colored Glasses
- Picks to Click: Who I Expect to Make the 2021 Top 100 - Eric Longenhagen, Fan Graphs: Taylor Walls, Greg Jones, and Peter Fairbanks get some notice from Longenhagen.
Around the League
- Do the Houston Astros Know Why They’re Supposed to Be Sorry? - Samer Kalaf, Slate: It seems like the answer is a responding “no, they do not”.
- Just a reminder of the extent to what the Astros were up to (and any reason to plug this excellent site) check out: Sign Stealing Scandal
- The Astros told Chris Archer he was tipping pitches. Now he knows they were ‘willing to do anything to win’ - Stephen J. Nesbitt, The Athletic ($): The Astros dug themselves a very deep pit of crap, and we’ll be hearing more examples of their shadiness for awhile to come.
- Miami Marlins Non-Roster Invitees: Brad Boxberger - Kevin Kraczkowski, Marlin Maniac: Marlins are quickly becoming Rays South.
- ‘I have a lot to prove’: Pham brings edge to SD - AJ Cassavell, MLB.com: Pham is still as intense as always.