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    Whatever happened to JP Howell?

    And whats going on with Tim Beckham? I hear hes a bust so Rays get Hak Ju Lee. I want Lee to succeed for an obvious reason.

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    On JP Howell:

    Jan 14 LHP J.P. Howell said he has had no setbacks in recovery from labrum surgery and is confident of an earlier-than-projected return -- late April from his perspective, mid-May based on the team's preferences.
    On Beckham:

    I know I am pissed they passed over a Florida State prospect in Buster Posey to take Beckham. He still thinks he will be a solid MLB player, but he needs to start showing something this year...

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseb...groove/1145311

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cod View Post
    Aren't Jorge Cantu and Russell Branyan still on the market? I'm the Rays could pick up one of those guys in a one year deal.
    Cantu signs with the Padres...

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...h-jorge-cantu/

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    Howdy fellow rays fans, nice to see offseason discussion goin on!
    I like the manny/damon signings but am bummed it takes away from desmond jennings opportunities.



    Lemme toss out the possibility that Leslie Anderson has the job to lose at 1b. I know not everyone is on board with Leslie, but if they were handing the first sacker gig to Dan I would have thought he would have gotten more time at the position. In fact, Dan only played 14 games at first base in 2010 for durham, and in his 40 games at the major league level only 11 starts at first. At the plate he managed a sub-.200 average with 27 strikeouts to 22 hits.
    Add to that Jose Ruiz getting released, Matt Fields being released and it looks like another season in Durham for Dan. I would have to think that the front office is on the phone every day trying to deal for a 1b-of-the-now, but until that trigger gets pulled its either Dan or Leslie. Anderson hit .302 with an OPS just over .800 and 11 hrs last year at three diff stops.



    Tim Beckham makes errors. Lots. I think HJ Lee is a fine insurance if Tim keeps Bending It Like Beckham over the head of the 1bman. I hope to see either, or both, in AA this year. I will bring my glove and sit behind first base in hopes for souvenirs from Beckham, who I suspect will keep improving each year and maybe doesnt deserve quite as much hype OR criticism since he is just turning 21 tomorrow!



    And whats the deal with matt moore getting 200k's in single A? That guy deserved a promotion by the end of July, but they left him there to rake in numbers - getting the most Ks in that league in 30+ years. Whats a guy got to do to get a callup to the next level? sheesh lol
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    Welcome DriftersGM, I am glad I am not alone out here on the ledge of the Rays board I am also intrigued by Leslie Anderson but I did not know he could play 1B too. He's only listed as an OF on the 40 man roster. All I know about our minor leaguers is what I read online, so any knowledge you can share here to enlighten me about who is looking good down on the farm would be a positive. I think the Rays still believe in Desmond Jennings, but they see they can keep him for another year before he would be arb eligible by keeping him in Durham till June 1. They started him in a playoff game in 2010 so they must think he is still in their plans. He's no Carl Crawford clone but he can be a very good MLB player.

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    I suspect you are right about them keeping DJ on the farm till arb deadline, they did the same with Longo - good call there. I think Desmond has way different skills than Crawford, kind of apples to oranges. Jennings has the speed that doesnt slump and I wouldnt be afraid to see him start for the Rays, but I think using him as the fourth outfielder is a good plan after June 1st. He will be great speed off the bench and has great defense to replace Damon in the late innings. I think Jennings is the real deal, and cant wait to see how he does at the major league level.


    Leslie spoke almost no english, had bearable defensive skills at first, and at the plate resembles a lefty Alphonso Soriano. He has pull power and good speed, he did some games in the outfield but it looked to me that he got most of his work at first. I thought he had a good idea of the strike zone and knew how to wait for his pitch, which showed in his high average at AA. He may have trouble with the big league breaking pitches but he can hit anyones fastball.
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    Im also looking forward to seeing how they use their bullpen now, there are some interesting arms coming up from the farm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raysnbran View Post
    Welcome DriftersGM, I am glad I am not alone out here on the ledge of the Rays board I am also intrigued by Leslie Anderson but I did not know he could play 1B too. He's only listed as an OF on the 40 man roster. All I know about our minor leaguers is what I read online, so any knowledge you can share here to enlighten me about who is looking good down on the farm would be a positive. I think the Rays still believe in Desmond Jennings, but they see they can keep him for another year before he would be arb eligible by keeping him in Durham till June 1. They started him in a playoff game in 2010 so they must think he is still in their plans. He's no Carl Crawford clone but he can be a very good MLB player.
    Well, the Rays had DFA'ed Leslie Anderson earlier this week, along with Justin Ruggiano, to make room on the 40 man roster for Manny and Damon. Both have cleared waivers and will now be assigned AAA Durham, but both are expected to be in camp for spring training starting next week.

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