The Rays ship the middle of their infield to Oakland

by Gary Shelton on January 10, 2015 · 3 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

As it turns out, Asdrubal Cabrera will get to play second base and shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays.

At the same time.

The Rays turned loose of both local fan favorite Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar in a trade with the As, gutting the middle of their infield for the return of catcher John Jaso and a pair of, what else, prospects. And so the summer of change continues. Once again, the most

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Cecil DeBald January 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Don’t agree, the Rays will always have to trade out higher-priced players for lower-priced players and prospects, and if that upsets anyone, go root for the Yanks. Most of the saber-metrics I have seen place the Rays prospects for 2015 about the same as before any trades (you have to consider all trades, not just one or two that you don’t like), maybe a win down from that, and improved prospects for 2016 and beyond. Think there are only 11 players left from last year’s final game, but change isn’t bad – paraphrasing Longo on twitter yesterday, just relax – we’ll be fine.

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Jack Airey January 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Now we know why Maddon left town so quick and why the Ray’s have a 37 year old manager who has never managed…No one else would take the managers job once they learned what players would be left.

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Paul Schulz January 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Not happy at all.
Is Shelton still their batting coach?
If so, he had better do a better job with the young players than he has Don with the vets.

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