Re: Big Rays Royals trade
posted at 12/13/2012 9:07 AM EST
I yield to your insight on the Rays picks of recent history. It is just amazing how a team with a payroll of 1/3 to 1/2 of the largest payrolls manages to contend year after year. My hat's off to them but do feel sorry that the real weakness of that team is a failure of the fans to support them in that dimly lit stadium they play in. That is about all that keeps them from being solid frontrunners year after year.
One truly amazing thing beyond how so many players have great seasons when they come to TB, is how many of the players they deal drop off quickly. Here is a selected few big trades they have made before the Shields/Davis deal.:
Soriano: He easily had his best career year in his only season with the Rays. They got 2 draft picks when he bolted, and he got hurt and played worse with the Yanks ever since.
Garza: While his ERA has improved with the Cubs, I think pitching in the NL might adjust him to about even. However, he brought back to the Rays several players that are parts of their team now and in the near future: Chris Archer (rated #1 prospect), Kak-Ju Lee (a top 3 prospect now), R Chirinos, Sam Fuld, and B Guyer.
Jason Bartlett: Has basically dropped off the planet in SD soon after the trade. (.752 OPS with TB to .591 with SD). He's only 32, so what's up here? The Rays got B Gomes, C Ramos, A Russell and C Figeroa in return.
Scott Kazmir: Many were shocked that the Rays traded him in the middle of a playoff push, but have a looksee: TB ERA 3.92/ LAA ERA 5.31. The Rays got Sean Rodriguez, Alexander Torres and Matt Sweeney in return.
Delmon Young: 1st pick overall in the 2003 draft. He now has a career OPS of .742 in over 3500 PAs. The Rays got garza and bartlett in return (see what they then got for those 2 in the above trades and work out all that they got for Young overall! WOW!)
Their other top rated prospectsbefore the KC trade besides, Archer, Lee, Guyer and :
2) Guerreirri (1st rd from Soxfor CC)
4) Romero: Intl FA
5) Sale: rays top pick in 2010 (17th)
6) Colome: Int'l FA
7) Vettleson: supp pick for G Zaun
8) Mahtook: supp pick for Soriano
9) Shaffer: Rays top pick in 2012 (24th)
10) Goeddel: supp pick for CC