As expected, the Rays have picked up the $7.5 million option for RHP James Shields for next season, according to agent Page Odle.
Shields, 29, is coming off a spectacular bounce-back season in which he racked up a major-league high 11 complete games and earned his first All-Star selection. He won 16 games and posted career-highs in innings 249 1/3 innings and strikeouts.
Shields’ option can escalate to $8 million depending on his finish in the AL Cy Young voting.
The Rays still have to decide on options for RHP Kyle Farnsworth ($3.3 million) and C Kelly Shoppach ($3.2 million) by midnight tonight.
My mancrush can live on a little longer. Ohmygodthankyou.
“Honestly, I love where I work and who I work with,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon when asked by WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford about pursuing another manager’s job elsewhere. “For me it isn’t always about money. I really am humbled by that thought, but at the end of the day I am a Ray and I want to…
I don’t like all this talk in the papers about the rays possibly moving. Especially to tampa. If tampa steals our team, i’m gonna be pissed. I mean, they already get credit for the name, that should be enough for them.
just add a retractable roof to the trop, and baaam, problem solved.
No need to move, Rays.
Apparently when the city of Tampa was asked how much they could put into a stadium if it were to move to Tampa, they stated around $90-100 million. That is about 1/5th of what is needed to actually get a new stadium built.
I am on the stay in St. Petersburg boat, obviously.
“There have been many seasons in many other towns that exceeded what was accomplished in Tampa Bay this summer. No argument there. There have been seasons with similar magic and seasons of even greater surprise. That also is true. But around here, this 162-game season will forever be unique. Because of the players, because of the games, because of the drama. And so it is up to you to remember it. Remember it all, so the world does not forget what happened in Tampa Bay in the fall of 2011.”—John Romano, Times Sports Columnist - wonderful article here (via battingcleanup)
Yes, I’m disappointed. I wanted nothing more than to make it further than last year, but the bats didn’t swing our way. However, considering everyone counted us out—for the umpteenth time—it was a great season. Looking back, there were plenty of amazing memories and key players. Here are a few I’d love to share (warning: this is lengthy).
“In the beginning of the season, we began 0-6 and were getting of the first plane ride and I had a really nice bottle of whiskey, some Charbay from the Napa Valley. I gave everyone a cap, and at that time I saluted the best 0-6 team in the history of Major League Baseball. I didn’t realize I was such a prophet.”—
Joe Maddon, after the Rays magical 2011 season came to an end