Found February 03, 2012 on
The Golden Sombrero Baseball Blog:
#1 Matt Moore
Tampa Bay Rays
Previous Rank: 31
It’s almost impossible to earn a ranking ahead of Bryce Harper, but philosophically we consider a pitcher with present ace stuff and Major League opportunity to be more valuable than even a likely Hall of Fame hitter. Moore made considerable steps forward in 2011 in the command department and catapulted himself forward into becoming the top pitching prospect in the game. He then went on to make three appearances during Tampa’s stretch into the postseason before tossing seven innings of two-hit baseball to open the Division Series in Arlington. Pretty impressive for a 22-year-old.
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In 18 days, the Tampa Bay Rays will head to Port Charlotte with an unusual dilemma on their hands or, in this case, arms.
They have too many of them.
Barring any late deals before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 20, the Rays will open camp with six possibly even seven starters on the roster: James Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis, Matt Moore...
The Tampa Rays defeated right-handed pitcher Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration Friday.Niemann will earn $2.75 million instead of his requested $3.2 million next season.The 28-year-old posted a record of 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 23 starts for the Rays last season.Tampa Bay has never lost an arbitration case in their franchise history.
Two people familiar with the talks say the Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman.
Kotchman, who batted a career-best .306 for Tampa Bay last season, will make $3 million this season, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Kotchman can make an additional $1.75...
The Tampa Bay Rays announced more details about Fan Fest, which will be held on Saturday Feb 18th. Inside is the full press release from the team.
The Cleveland Indians signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a one-year contract Thursday.
The deal is worth $3 million for the 28-year-old Kotchman, who batted a career-high .306 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays last season.
A strong defensive player, the left-handed hitting Kotchman appeared in a career-high 146 games last season.
He has a lifetime batting...
The quest is over! And now we can finally get on with our lives. I wrote about the Indians search for an extra bat for months, and it has finally come to an end.
Two days ago, I flew back home from a business trip. Walking towards baggage claim, I saw a man from a limo company holding up a sign that said “Kotchman.” I then tweeted the following:
24 hours later, Casey Kotchman...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have defeated pitcher Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration, improving clubs to 2-0 in decisions this year.
The Rays continued their run of success in arbitration when it was reported on Friday they had won their case with right-hander Jeff Niemann.
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated pitcher Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration Friday, improving clubs to 2-0 in decisions this year. Niemann will earn $2.75 million instead of his request for $3.2 million. Tampa Bay improved to 6-0 in arbitration.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann goes before a three-person panel today for a salary arbitration hearing.
Casey Kotchman, who hit a career-high .306 last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, accepted a one-year, $3 million deal Thursday from the Indians.
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The Tampa Bay Rays like his ability to hit left-handers. Manager Joe Maddon likes Scott's ability grind out an at-bat and play hard.