Its good to be relevant

Posted: February 4, 2011 in AL East, Minors, Rays, Red Sox

It’s great when the  front-runner  in the A.L East has you in their rear view mirror:

The Rays were the little team that could for the past three years, stunning the country with a World Series appearance in 2008 and becoming a perennial playoff contender. Reality was supposed to return to the Gulf Coast this season, with the Rays back to being a small-market team that couldn’t keep up with the big boys.
Instead, the Rays have made some interesting moves in recent weeks. First, they added payroll and a pair of veterans with championship pedigrees with the addition of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.
The two former members of Boston’s beloved “Idiots” immediately make the Rays more fun to watch, even if they are a long way from their baseball prime.

I don’t know about you, but a healthy in shape Manny was the last thing  thought I’d see at the press conference. We have heard time and time before by the many Boston fans in our life that Manny can blow up a clubhouse with his antics. But, Ramirez is that good kind of crazy that I am looking forward to seeing in 2011. Especially, its a no lose situation.

Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser has his version of the top prospect list:

In doing it, I decided that I knew way too little about last year’s high draft picks to make even a slightly educated guess. Catcher Justin O’Conner played in 48 games for the GCL Rays, but outfielder Josh Sale and outfielder Drew Vettleson signed so late that they’ll make their debuts this year.

I tried to incorporate the prospects that Tampa Bay picked up from the Cubs and Padres in trades, too. And, my annual disclaimer: I readily admit this is likely slanted toward the higher-level guys because those are the main ones that I’ve seen.

At #20 is Leslie Anderson the defector from Cuba who played some at Durham last season. His reviews from the Arizona Fall league were mixed, but check out his HR in the rising stars game.

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