The 2012-2013 Major League Baseball offseason has definitely been one that may be
good to remember. An offseason that has been much underrated for all we know.
Josh Hamilton, former Devil Ray, and Zack Greinke went both to a team in Los
The Rays kicked off their offseason by exercising their options on P James Shields, Fernando Rodney
and C Jose Molina. Also they declined their option on Luke Scott. 3B Evan
Longoria’s contract became a 10 year $136.6 million contract as well.
On November 28, 2012, it was reported that the Atlanta Braves signed OF B.J. Upton to a 5
year worth $75.25 million dollars.
The week of December 4-7 2012, the Rays acquired SS Yunel Escobar and signed 1B James
Later on, the Tampa Bay Rays on December 10, 2012 made a trade that many said may happen
and some said will not happen. James Shields, Wade Davis got traded to Kansas
City for top prospect Wil Myers and 3 more above average minor leaguers. This
trade has given a brighter future for the organization in my opinion. It gives
the Rays a replacement for the loss of B.J. Upton even though the Rays have to
give Myers several months to develop more into what the Rays would like him to
The latest move they have made was signed P Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) to a one
year contract. Word is that he will be in the Rays bullpen.
A special farewell to Jeff Keppinger (signed with White Sox), Carlos Pena (signed with
Astros), J.P. Howell (signed with Dodgers), and last but not least B.J. Upton
(signed with Braves).
The Rays Offseason has had more transactions than any of us have expected and I can say
that for sure. I give them a B+ just because they need one more bat and another
arm for the bullpen. The Rays spent $11,250,000 according to ESPN’s MLB Hot
Stove. None the less, the Rays are still in my eyes a top team in the division
and better said the league. Having another season like we did last season but
having everyone healthy will definitely have us as a championship contender.
Let’s all hope for the best for the organization we all have come to love, the
Tampa Bay Rays.
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The 2012-13 Rays Offseason will be one of the most interesting in Rays
history. Is there even a chance BJ may come back? As a matter of fact, who will
come back? What are the top priorities for the Rays roster to fix? Will a member
of our successful 8 man pitching staff be traded?
All these questions are going through the mind of every Rays fan. To begin
with, the chances of BJ Upton coming back to play center at the Trop is truly
slim. BJ Upton would love to come back to play for the Rays but it cannot happen
because of the business side of baseball.
There are several key names that
will be unrestricted free agents this offseason. They include: OF BJ Upton, RP
Kyle Farnsworth, RP J.P Howell, IF Jeff Keppinger, 1B Carlos Pena, and RP Joel
Peralta. Expectations may be to bring Keppinger because of how well he did
hitting wise. Also, Howell and Peralta because of how great they have
contributed to our bullpen. Pena and Farnsworth have been seen to Rays fans as
players we may not need back.
David Price, James Shields, Matt Moore, Jeremy
Hellickson, Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, Wade Davis, and Jeff Niemann will one of
these 8 names be traded for offense? Many may say yes to that question because
stats show we need more offense to win more ball games. James Shields has
reached the 30 year age peak and he could give some value to a club and the Rays
may get some good valuable players for him. The question stays the same; Will
Andrew Friedman pull the trigger?
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