The Rays are “feeling the heat”July 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Baseball, Rays | 2 Comments
As of 10:45 PM EDT tonight, it looks like the Red Sox will beat the Yankees, meaning that the Rays will be only 1 game ahead of the Red Sox and 3 games ahead of the Yankees. The Yankees have been red hot over the last couple of weeks and they made a great move the other day, getting a hot-hitting outfielder in Xavier Nady and an excellent relief pitcher in Damaso Marte for some expendable prospects. The Red Sox are also likely to make some sort of trade before this week’s deadline.
In my opinion, the Rays must make a move so that they don’t fall behind these goliaths. A right-handed hitting right fielder would be nice, but I’m not sure who is available now that Nady and Casey Blake are off the table. The Rays may wind up releasing Jonny Gomes and either promoting Justin Ruggiano from Durham or activating Rocco Baldelli now that it appears that he’s making significant progress in his rehab. I think that a higher priority should be to get an extra late inning reliever. I don’t know how healthy and reliable Troy Percival will be for the rest of the season. Dan Wheeler, Grant Balfour, and J.P. Howell are all terrific, but it would be nice to add another experienced arm to that mix. Huston Street and Brian Fuentes are two interesting names that have been mentioned.
No matter what they do before the trade deadline, I think that this ad that the Rays have been running on the St. Petersburg Times web site is very, very premature:
Here in Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes started selling playoff tickets this spring before they had clinched a NHL playoff berth. They wound up missing the playoffs. Now that the Rays have jinxed themselves, let’s hope that they don’t suffer the same fate.