Everybody Loves Rays: Chris Archer

== Was he the “SP” of the Supposed Ill-Fated Deal? == Apparently there was a widely rumored near-deal between the Mariners and Rays in January, and it eventually fell apart due to the post-season diagnosis of Ray starter Jeremy Hellickson with elbow issues that required surgery. This Rays blogger has a whole post about it,…

Everybody Loves Rays: Desmond Jennings

== The RH Outfielder the M’s are Missing? == If David Price is shooting too high in terms of Rays return in a major deal involving Nick Franklin, how about Desmond Jennings? Commenter andrewlong7 posted the question, and it’s worth pondering. It’s pretty obvious to see that in the post-Franklin Gutierrez world, the Mariner outfield…

Everybody Loves Rays: David Price

== Shopping for Price == Might the Nick Franklin-to-Rays discussion be part of a mega-deal for David Price? We don’t know, although the indications are … probably not. Price is supposedly available, given that his arbitration-eligible price (no pun intended) is already $14M for 2014, and will be even higher next year, after which he…

Here Comes Baseball!

== A Few Pre-Game Notes == Here’s the Gameday link. Abe Almonte is leading off, and Lloyd McClendon seems to like the idea.  With no Nelson Cruz or the like, and with Nick Franklin probably traded or playing at AAA, and with Franklin Gutierrez gone, and McClendon [saying]/[implying strongly] that Dustin Ackley is not really…