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  • 2009 Rays offseason thread

    Mods, please unsticky the 2008 offseason thread

    In addition to previous threads about the trade of Aki Iwamura and the picking up of the option of Carl Crawford, today the Rays re-signed R J Swindle. A soft tossing RP who was claimed from the Rays in August by Cleveland, but picked back up again today to be a LOOGY for the Rays.

    http://www.draysbay.com/2009/11/14/1...r-j-swindle-to
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    Rays add Hellickson, Jennings and Torres to 40-man

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor league outfielder Desmond Jennings and pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Alexander Torres have been added to the Tampa Bay Rays' 40-man roster.

    The team also reinstated first baseman Carlos Pena from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. He was sidelined most of the final month of the season with two broken fingers on his left hand.

    Jennings hit a combined .318 with 11 homers, 62 RBIs and 52 stolen bases for Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham this year.

    The right-handed Hellickson was 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA for Montgomery and Durham. The left-handed Torres was acquired on Aug. 28 as part of the trade that sent pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Los Angeles Angels.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...jWqswD9C2U2E00

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    • #3
      Desmond Jennings may eventually be Carl Crawford's replacement. Hellickson is the next stud pitcher to come out of our farm system, joining Wade Davis and Jeff Neimann, and David Price. Garza may become trade bait if he wants a huge deal in arbitration. We need a healthy Carlos Pena in 2010, the team went downhill in September after he went out.
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      • #4
        Shouse files for free agency

        New York, NY -- (Sports Network) - Reliever Brian Shouse was the lone player to file for free agency on Tuesday.

        The 41-year-old lefty went 1-1 with a 4.50 earned run average in 45 appearances last season with Tampa Bay.

        In 467 career games with Pittsburgh, Boston, Kansas City, Texas, Milwaukee and the Rays, Shouse has a 13-10 record with six saves and a 3.72 ERA.

        Eligible players have two more days to file for free agency.

        http://www.foxreno.com/sports/21644346/detail.html

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        • #5
          They signed Joe Bateman to a minor league deal as well.

          http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=batema001jam

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          • #6
            The Rays have traded for 29 year old catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Indians for the PTBNL.

            http://www.draysbay.com/2009/12/1/11...-rays-close-to

            It looks like Dioner Navarro's days as a Ray are coming to an end...
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            • #7
              They DFA'd Jeff Bennett as well.

              http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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                Rays offer arbitration to Zaun, Shouse

                ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have offered arbitration to two of their three Type B free agents.

                Left-hander Brian Shouse and catcher Gregg Zaun were both offered salary arbitration Tuesday night, but a decision has not yet been made on right-hander Russ Springer.

                Earlier in the offseason, the Rays elected not to exercise $2 million options on Shouse and Zaun, which made each a free agent. Springer declared himself a free agent shortly after Major League Baseball's free-agency period began following the World Series, but the veteran right-hander was said to be mulling retirement.

                By offering arbitration to Shouse and Zaun, the Rays have qualified themselves to receive draft-pick compensation (between the first and second rounds) if either signs with another team. However, they also run the risk of the player accepting arbitration by Monday's deadline. That would ensure the player returning in 2010 on a one-year contract, with the dollar figure to be decided in arbitration if the parties can't reach a deal on their own.

                The Rays also have three non-ranked free agents who are covered by Tuesday's deadline in right-handers Chad Bradford, Jason Isringhausen and Troy Percival. However, since there is no compensation for non-ranked free agents signing with another team, there is no reason to offer arbitration to the players.

                http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/news/ar...t=.jsp&c_id=tb

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                • #9
                  Rays release Ramon Ramirez

                  ST. PETERSBURG — With a number of decisions pending heading into next week's winter meetings, the Rays gave themselves room to operate Thursday, releasing reliever Ramon Ramirez to open a spot on the 40-man roster.

                  Ramirez's stay was brief. He was claimed on waivers from the Reds on Nov. 9.

                  The Rays want a spot open to have the chance to make a selection in the Rule 5 draft of unprotected minor-leaguers.

                  They also would need a spot if either catcher Gregg Zaun — being pursued by several teams, reportedly including the Brewers, Rockies and Mariners — or reliever Brian Shouse accepts arbitration by the Monday midnight deadline or agrees to terms.

                  Ramirez, 27, spent most of last season with the Reds' Triple-A affiliate. It's possible he could be re-signed to a minor-league deal.

                  http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseb...r-room/1056308

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                  • #10
                    Greg Zaun signs with the Brewers:

                    http://www.draysbay.com/2009/12/4/11...s-with-brewers
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                    • #11
                      Rays have traded Jesse Chavez to Atlanta and will get a closer in return in Rafael Soriano. This slots the bullpen up nicely, with Wheeler, Howell and Soriano ready to get thru the last 3 innings of the game. Great job by the GM!
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                      • #12
                        Rays get Armando Zerpa in Rule 5 Draft

                        Rays: Armando Zerpa, LHP, from Red Sox: The 22-year old Zerpa, a Venezuelan, posted a 1.20 ERA with a 51/14 K/BB in 45 innings for Greenville in the South Atlantic League. He has average velocity but a good slider and has dominated lower-level hitters when his command is on. His command is not always on, so it is unlikely he'll see high-leverage innings in the 2010 bullpen.
                        http://www.minorleagueball.com/2009/...ft-impressions

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                        • #13
                          They've signed Soriano to avoid arbitration.

                          http://tsn.ca/mlb/transactions/

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                          • #14
                            They traded him to the Dodgers for cash.

                            http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/transactions/#month=12&year=2009

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by raysnbran View Post
                              Rays have traded Jesse Chavez to Atlanta and will get a closer in return in Rafael Soriano. This slots the bullpen up nicely, with Wheeler, Howell and Soriano ready to get thru the last 3 innings of the game. Great job by the GM!
                              I forgot about Balfour! He'll be in the mix in the 7th and 8th as well. He needs to get a second pitch thoough, then he would be much more effective.
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