They may be old, but this is an interesting move. After seeing free agent after free agent leave the team, the Rays signed aging veterans Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon for a combined $7.25 million this year. They’re both one year deals so this is pretty low risk. Damon will play left field mostly while Ramirez will be the DH.
It is an interesting move. It doesn’t totally replace Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena, but these two guys, if they have another good season in the tank, could really come close for a bargain price.
The Rays parted ways with starter Matt Garza after his career season. The Rays minor league system is getting stocked, but the big league team might suffer here for a bit. On a good note, if the Rays had one thing they could part with, it’s starting pitching.
The Rays gave up Matt Garza, Fernando Perez (hardly a prospect at 27) and Zachary Rosscup (reliever, could do something down the line) for Chris Archer (another starting pitcher), Hak-Ju Lee (shortstop, could eventually replace Bartlett now that he’s gone), Brandon Guyer (another blue chip), Robinson Chirinos and Sam Fuld.
Garza would have been due for a nice raise but he won’t be a free agent until 2014. Still, it’s probably better for him and us that he goes somewhere where they’ll lock him up. The Rays are going to keep crying poor until they get their new stadium.
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