Posted December 23, 2011 on
In this week's edition of Rays Roundup: The bullpen is beginning to take shape after some minor tweaks this off-season, Joel Peralta is back in the fold for 2012, former catcher Toby Hall announces his retirement, and manager Joe Maddon's Thankmas charity event was once again a success. All that plus notes and quotes inside.
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Sean Rodriguez or Reid Brignac -- or both -- look like the Rays' answer to who will play shortstop in 2012.
Jose Molina will coach Villarreal for the rest of the season after Wednesday’s sacking of manager Juan Carlos Garrido. The...
Brandon Gomes has experienced a whirlwind year heading into the holiday season. Tampa Bay acquired the right-hander from the Padres in the deal that sent shortstop Jason Bartlett packing. During this past summer, he made the jump to the Major Leagues -- which saw him pitch like a bulldog out of the Rays' bullpen -- and, finally, he got married in November.
The Yellow Submarine have acted quickly to replace Juan Carlos Garrido, who was sacked by the club on Wednesday, and have handed the reigns to the 41-year-old
Hot News for RP Joel Peralta
According to Ken Rosenthal, Carlos
Beltran has narrowed his choices down to the Cardinals, Indians, and Blue Jays. That means the Rays are out. Then again, we never really thought the Rays were in. [via @Ken_Rosenthal]
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Joel Peralta came to terms on a contract with the Rays on Monday to avoid going to arbitration with the team, but Tampa Bay still has five arbitration-eligible players -- Burke Badenhop, J.P. Howell, Jeff Niemann, David Price and B.J. Upton -- whose fates are yet to be determined.