The Tampa Bay Rays have won two straight AL East division titles, and they’re hoping to extend that streak in 2022. But even though the Rays have become a perennial contender, they’re still searching for their first World Series championship in franchise history.
Without the restraints of a salary cap, MLB contracts can be as large as the team wants to hand out. As of November 2021, MLB franchises have agreed to 43 contracts worth more than $150 million. So with that in mind, how many of those 43 can you name in five minutes?
Nelson Cruz has managed to defy father time for this long, but how much will teams bet on him continuing that trend? Somehow, at 41 years old, Nelson Cruz is still one of the premier hitters in baseball.
Taj Bradley rocked the vote to place No. 4 in this year’s poll. Previous winner RHP Taj Bradley (6’2 190, 21 in 2022) 2021 statistics with Low-A Charleston and High-A Bowling Green: 103 1⁄3 IP, 1.83 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 7.8 BB%, 31.0 K% During the lost season, there were stories about Bradley’s improving stuff and breakout potential.
The Cardinals won the Steven Matz sweepstakes and the White Sox got another top-dollar reliever in Kendall Graveman. Daniel Russell | DRays Bay: Wander Franco signed an 11-year extension with a club option for a 12th year.
The Rays have on many occasions been willing to sign promising early year players longer term, paying them more in team controlled years in exchange for some cost control in at least a few free agent years.
Wander Franco is not yet old enough to purchase alcohol in the United States, but the 20-year-old stud shortstop just agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the Tampa Bay Rays past his 21st birthday and all the way into his 30s.
Back in March 2017, the Rays signed Kevin Kiermaier to a six-year, $53.5M contract extension with the intention of locking in the Gold Glover as a fixture in the Tampa Bay outfield. As that contract enters its final guaranteed year, the team’s plan came to fruition…sort of.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena put a ribbon on his fantastic rookie campaign by winning Rookie of the Year honors on Monday. The 26-year-old won the award in a landslide, comfortably topping fellow finalists Luis Garcia and Wander Franco.