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Ji-Man Choi’s top hits in a Rays uniform

Photo by Mike Carlson/ The Ji-Man Choi era with the Tampa Bay Rays is officially over as the team dealt the longtime fan favorite to the Pittsburgh Pirates. We get it. Choi was getting more expensive, entering his third year of arbitration, so the always budget conscious Rays were bound to part ways with Ji-Man. Also, the Rays were needing to clear room on an extremely crammed 40-man roster and with several candidates coming up through the system to take over the first base duties, Choi’s place on the roster seemed redundant. Although the reasoning behind parting...


Three Rays bullpen prospects to watch

Austin Vernon makes Bowling Green debut “Stable” reinforcements are on the way The Rays are known for finding bullpen talent. Pitchers like Jason Adam, Andrew Kittredge, the 2019 Nick Anderson, were at best unheralded, and in some cases close to forgotten. While some of these players have come through trades, others have made their way through the Rays farm system. And for those of you wondering whether the Rays farm still boasts a full stable, the answer is yes. Antonio Menendez Antonio Menendez was drafted in the 14th round of the 2021 draft out of Wake Forest as...

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Yankees 2022 Roster Report Cards: Clarke Schmidt

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ He made positive strides during the regular season but looked overmatched in the playoffs. When the Yankees drafted Clarke Schmidt out of the University of South Carolina with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, it was a selection that showed an enormous amount of faith in the youngster. He had just undergone Tommy John surgery, but his elite breaking ball spin rates — even by MLB standards — and four-pitch arsenal hinted at a future as a top of the line starter. That outcome has yet to materialize, however he managed to carve out...

Royals Review

Royals Rumblings - News for November 29, 2022

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Congrats to Jose Cuas, winner of the 2022 Tony Conigliaro Award! Anne Rogers at MLB.com writes about free agent starting pitchers the Royals could target. Zach Eflin, RHP Eflin, 28, has spent his entire Major League career with the Phillies, so it would be a hard sell to lure him away from Philadelphia after its World Series run in 2022, one that Eflin was a key part of in the bullpen. He’s been a starter for most of his career, though, and his experience would be valuable for the Royals. An injury-riddled season gave him a 4.04 ERA across 20 games...


Five free agent pitchers that fit The Rays Way

Michael Lorenzen | Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Diving into some available arms on the open market ahead of next week’s winter meetings. Over the past few winters the Tampa Bay Rays have been very active in the free agent pitching market. Corey Kluber, Brooks Raley, and Jason Adam were inked to major league contracts before the 2022 season, and Michael Wacha, Rich Hill, and Collin McHugh were signed in the previous offseason. While none of these signings were of the super splashy variety, the Rays have seen successful results from this group of pitchers overall....

Red Reporter

The case for the Cincinnati Reds trading Tyler Stephenson

Photo by Andy Lyons/ It’s gross. I’m aware. This headline is terrible. It’s a valid thought, but I hate it. You should hate it, too. Don’t hate me for putting in writing, though - hate the Cincinnati Reds for making you think it before I write it. With last week’s trade of Kyle Farmer to the Minnesota Twins, the Reds embarked even further into their deep, dark rebuild, one that has trimmed the payroll down nearly to the levels of the Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays. All that remains at this point are a few arb-eligibles set to make barely twice the...

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Baltimore Orioles: Birdland should look for a veteran, like a shortstop

The Baltimore Orioles were a surprising team in 2022, finishing with a record of 83-79. They were so close to making it into the postseason as a Wild Card team, finishing four games away from taking the six seed away from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Baltimore Orioles haven’t made the postseason since 2016, losing […] Baltimore Orioles: Birdland should look for a veteran, like a shortstop - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Outside The Confines: Getting a new pair of Sox for Christmas

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The White Sox signed free agent Mike Clevinger. The Pirates signed Carlos Santana. Bryce Harper has Tommy John surgery. And other news from around MLB. I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. It seems like most baseball general managers and agents spent time with their families too. But the Winter Meetings are just around the corner. The White Sox have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger. The deal is for a reported one year and $8 million. Ken Rosenthal and James Fegan have more on the Clevinger deal and how he fits in...

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MVBrewers #7: Kolten Wong

Albert Cesare/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK Despite Wong’s weak defense in 2022, he had a career-year offensively Our MVBrewers series continues this week with second baseman Kolten Wong coming in at No. 7 on the team for 2022. While he missed some time with injuries, he still played in 134 games, fourth-most on the team. Wong stepped up in 2022 to have arguably his best offensive season, finishing with a .251/.339/.430 slash line to go with a career-high 15 homers, 47 RBIs, and a career-high 118 OPS+. Wong especially excelled against right-handers, finishing with...

South Side Sox

Today in White Sox History: November 27

Gary Peters capped a miracle season with Rookie of the Year honors, won over teammate Pete Ward on this day 59 years ago. | Lawrence Journal-World Good deals, bad deals, an award — and a bizarre injury 1938 White Sox star pitcher Monty Stratton, an American League All-Star in 1937 and one of the best young players in the game, accidentally shot himself in the leg when his .32 caliber pistol discharged when he was replacing it in his holster. Stratton had been out hunting. Unable to get help, he crawled a half-mile to a road leading into Greenville, Texas. The bullet...

Red Reporter

Cincinnati Reds sign catcher Luke Maile to one-year deal

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The backup catcher has been found. The would-be reunion with free agent Tucker Barnhart appears to be over for those hoping he’d return to the Cincinnati Reds. As the team entered the offseason, one of their biggest priorities was augmenting their depth at the catching position after Barnhart’s departure and resident starter Tyler Stephenson’s injury-filled 2022 season. They weren’t going to trade from depth or spend much to address it, of course, but something better than the dismal production they got from last year’s options was a...

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2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #40 Jake Hager

Photo by Norm Hall/ A great guy. Overview Rating: 3.09 2022 stats: 28 G, 59 AB, .240/.345/.280, 82 OPS+, -0.1 bWAR Date of birth: March 4, 1993 (29 years old) 2022 earnings: $215,376 (via Spotrac) 2023 status: Outrighted to Reno on November 3, 2022 and now free agent. Introduction I did last year’s player review of Jake Hager as well, so I feel pretty solid about the introduction I gave back then. If you don’t wish to click and read back: 2011 draft pick out of Nevada by the Rays, never achieved the level prospect watchers thought he could...

Bluebird Banter

The season that was: Cavan Biggio

Photo by G Fiume/ A look at Cavan’s 2022 season Going into 2022, we’d seen Cavan Biggio for three seasons. The first two were pretty good, and the third was a mess of injuries and inconsistency. And, coming into the year, he was a man without a position. Maybe he’d platoon at second, or maybe he’d be a utility guy. Either way, we wanted him to hit more as he did in 2019 than in 2021. Standard Batting Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR ...

South Side Sox

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Eloy Jimenez

If Eloy Jiménez could stay healthy for a full season, he’d be a superstar. | Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports Injury-prone: not just lazy analysis fWAR: 1.7bWAR: 1.7WARP: 1.8 He should stay Despite missing almost half the season, Jiménez came within one home run of leading the team in that category. Simply put, he has power, something that is now missing from everywhere else in the lineup. Entering what should be the best years of his career, Jiménez finished the season looking like a finished product, displaying a good approach at the plate and tapping into his vast...

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Pittsburgh Pirates add yet another first baseman in Carlos Santana

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to corner the market in bounceback first basemen. Ji-Man Choi was acquired in a trade with the Rays. Lewin Diaz was claimed off of waivers as the Pirates are taking a chance on the formerly well regarded prospect. And on Friday, the Pirates went back to that well again as […] Pittsburgh Pirates add yet another first baseman in Carlos Santana - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Dodgers Injury Update: Daniel Hudson Could Be Ready For Start Of Spring Training

Daniel Hudson was in the midst of a solid campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers before tearing the ACL in his left...

South Side Sox

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Michael Kopech

Michael Kopech throws a pitch in Seattle in 2022, mostly healthy for the moment. | Lindsey Wasson-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Light Special at Rick Hahn’s Damaged Goods Emporium fWAR: 1.0bWAR: 2.2WARP: 0.8 He should stay The second piece of the Chris Sale trade, the White Sox are still heavily invested in getting everything they can out of Kopech’s exceptional upside. He carried a stellar 1.94 ERA through his first 10 starts before being inexplicably forced to take the mound for a game with an obvious injury. With a few more innings built up after recovering from TJS...

South Side Sox

Today in White Sox History: November 24

In spring training 1977, Steve Stone wasn’t inked into the White Sox rotation. By season’s end, he had the most wins on staff. A sort of homecoming for Steve Stone 1976 The first free agent signing in franchise history became one of a bevy of bargain-basement deals that turned out well for the White Sox in 1977. Steve Stone inked a deal for his second go-around with the team. Coming off of injury and the ideal target for the Bill Veeck-Roland Hemond “Rent-a-Player” scheme, Stone was paid $55,000 for a terrific comeback year. He won 15 games to pace a staff...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Another lost year at shortstop?

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Who is the Yankees’ starting shortstop?; Bombers interested in top-end starting pitchers; King opens up on season-ending injury; Boone, Cashman blame team health for ALCS sweep MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: The Yankees forwent the historic class of free agent shortstops last offseason, sticking with operation stopgap while waiting for Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe to develop. Despite the mediocre play from the short last season — New York received the seventh-least value from the shortstop position thanks to Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s...

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3 players for Cincinnati Reds to target this offseason

Suffice to say that the 2022 season did not go as the Cincinnati Reds had hoped. The Reds had virtually zero margin for error last season as they slashed payroll during the 2021-22 offseason. Injuries and disappointing showings led to a 62-100 season and made it clear that another rebuild was about to begin. Considering […] 3 players for Cincinnati Reds to target this offseason - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Purple Row

Ranking the Rockies: No. 8, Yonathan Daza

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ A shoulder injury took him down for 22 games, but don’t count him out for 2023 Welcome to the 2022 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2022. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 8,...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Matt Strahm

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Looking at one of the more interesting possible bargains in free agency. Matt Strahm might be the least sexy name that appears in a headline with the words “Yankees Potential Target” this offseason. He might still be worth a call. Pitchers like him sure don’t make or break a championship season, but they can be important for getting you there in one piece. Non-tendered by San Diego last offseason after an injury-wrecked 2021 saw him allow 15 hits and 6 runs in just 6.2 innings, Strahm latched on with the Red Sox for $3 million in 2022....


REPORT: Bryce Harper has Tommy John surgery

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports It was probably inevitable It’s the news we kind of expected, yet are finally relieved to hear. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Bryce Harper had Tommy John surgery today and it went "very well." Could be back hitting competitively by mid-May.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) November 23, 2022 So now we know. No more speculation about how bad the injury was. We know it was bad enough that he needed the full Tommy John surgery and not the internal brace repair (at least according to this). What does this mean...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Phillies' Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery on Wednesday.

Bluebird Banter

Free Agent Poll: Carlos Rodón

Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via We have used this idea for the last couple of years. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, using the contract FanGraphs suggests and have a poll to see if we would sign him for that amount. Carlos Rodón is number 7 on FanGraphs’ list and #9 on Keith Law’s list. He turns 30 in December. He’s a interesting question. He’s just off two super seasons in a row after some injury-filled years. You can look at it two ways. Either you see him as a guy with a history of injuries, and you worry that he’ll...


Rays prospect SS Carson Williams wins Minor League Gold Glove for 2022

Carson Williams | Charleston RiverDogs | @ChasRiverDogs Williams was the Rays top draft pick in 2021. Tampa Bay’s top draft pick from 2021 — SS Carson Williams — has capped of his impressive debut season with an impressive honor: the top defender at the most difficult position in the sport across all levels of the minor leagues. Carolina League Championship ✅Carolina League All-Star ✅Rawlings Gold Glove® Award ✅Quite the 2022 season for Carson Williams... and if you haven't heard, he's only 19! pic.twitter.com/2AEL1dkhLI— Charleston RiverDogs...

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2022 Marlins Season Review: Miguel Rojas

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Evaluating the ups and downs of Miguel Rojas’ age-33 season. In his eighth season with the Marlins, Miguel Rojas continued to be an elite fielder. Why did his offensive production plummet so much? 2022 Timeline February 2: announced change from uniform No. 19 to No. 11 July 9-October 2: played 66 straight games without committing an error July 21: injured right wrist while running the bases October 5: underwent right wrist surgery November 22: announced change back to uniform No. 19 You don’t see many 33-year-old shortstops. Even the...

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Who Will Play Shortstop for the Diamondbacks?

Nick Ahmed tags the runner. | Photo by Norm Hall/ Returning are Nick Ahmed & Geraldo Perdomo. Possible promotions are Blaze Alexander & Jordan Lawlar. Top Level View. Perhaps the Diamondbacks’ second biggest need is to improve at shortstop. Their negative 1.3 Wins Above Average (WAA) ranked 26th in the Majors. Last season, Geraldo Perdomo was the primary shortstop (81% of shortstop PAs) due to injuries to Nick Ahmed (9% of shortstop PAs). Sergio Alcantara had 8% of shortstop PAs. The good news for future seasons is that the Diamondbacks have two promising shortstops...

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: