Found November 07, 2011 on Rays Index:
Here is an interesting twist, and one we would prefer to the thought of trading James Shields. According to a “big league source” for Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Rays would prefer to trade Wade Davis over one of their other starting pitchers… When all is said and done, the Rays are expected to be willing to deal Davis this offseason. While teams will ask for James Shields, and the Rays will listen, according to one major league source, Davis is the pitcher they will likely end up dealing for an outfielder or a catcher. This has been our stance all along. The 2012 Rays are a better team with James Shields. And based on what we saw from Matt Moore at the end of the season, he is ready to join Shields, not replace him. A rotation with Shields, Moore, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and either Davis, Jeff Niemann, or Alex Cobb, is far superior to one without Shields and/or Moore. So at that point, it is just a matter of trading Niemann, Davis, or Cobb if somebody is going to be...

Why David Price Might Get Traded Before Shields

It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Rays need to trade a starting pitcher this offseason. They have seven starting pitchers that could potentially fit in their 2012 rotation: David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis, Alex Cobb, and top prospect Matt Moore. Trading one of these players would allow the Rays to fill in other holes on their roster — first...

Some Rays Tickets Will Be Cheaper Next Season

Today, the Rays announced ticket prices for the 2012 season. According to the Rays, 90 percent of the tickets will remain the same price in 2012 or will decrease. The other ten percent of tickets (nearly 3,500 each game) will be raised $1-2 per ticket, and will include lower box and outfield seats “for a minimal number of games.” The cheapest ticket will upper deck seats that...

Tampa Bay Rays announce 2012 ticket prices: most go down, or stay same

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Fuld's legendary season not soon forgotten

On Jan. 8, the Rays and Cubs made a blockbuster deal in which eight players changed organizations. Matt Garza was the marquee name of the trade. Meanwhile, the Rays received several prospects and an outfielder named Sam Fuld, who had some Major League experience. But to most fans, he didn't register on their radar of Major Leaguers.

The One Where We Discuss Willy Being Willy, Dan Johnson, And The Cubs Managerial Opening

Off-Season (click image for random Wikipedia page) Guess who has been charged with his beating his girlfriend and assaulting a police officer? Willy Aybar (of course). This is at least the third time Aybar has been charged in a domestic abuse situation, one of which left his wife in intensive care. According to the GM of Aybar’s Dominican team, Aybar has been working with Psychologists...

Bulldogs vs Crimson Tide Betting Matchup Report

Nov 12, 7:00 PM | Grass of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field Alabama Crimson Tide vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds 8-1TEAM RECORD5-4 The Bulldogs will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Crimson Tide at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Week 11 action. The Bulldogs currently sports a record of 5-4, and have posted a corresponding...

Baseball. Baseball Adds Giese to Coaching Staff

Jack Giese (pronounced GEESE-ee), who spent the last two years as a pitching coach in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization, was named to the Sooners' baseball staff by head coach Sunny Golloway on Sunday. Giese worked the past two seasons with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Rays' Class A affiliate, and also previously held scouting positions with the Milwaukee Brewers and...

Reds Need to Pursue James Shields

So, I’ve been reading multiple bits of speculation about what the Reds should/will do this offseason, and I thought it was time to weigh in with what I think the offseason plan should be. But, I don’t want to just go flailing and suggest, for instance, that the Reds should trade Drew Stubbs, Homer Bailey, and Edinson Volquez to the Mariners for Felix Hernandez. That kind of trade...
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