Originally posted on Rays Index  |  Last updated 11/1/11
Every year, we ask for 12 gifts from the Rays prior to the season. Let’s look back at this year’s wishes and see which “gifts” we actually received… $12 Million Added To Payroll:At the time that we made this wish, the Rays payroll was projected at $38.1 million. On opening day, it was $41.9 million after the additions of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, and the subtraction of Matt Garza…GIFT NOT RECEIVED 11 Meaningful Games In September: What is strange about this wish, is that you could actually argue that the Rays only played about 7-8 meaningful games in the final month. That is, nobody thought the Rays had a shot at the playoffs until the final two weeks, and even then, it wasn’t until the final two series that anybody gave the Rays a real shot. Remember, at the beginning of September, Joe Maddon was talking about giving young guys a lot of playing time. But in hindsight, we guess they deserve the benefit of the doubt…GIFT RECEIVED 10 Saves For Jeff Niemann: This was before Matt ...
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