Friday, 18 April 2008

Rays mean business

Big news as the Rays announce that we've signed Evan Longoria to a 9-year deal worth $44,000,000 (including options). That is one good sign that the front office are serious about building a contender. I for one am very pleased.

Slightly stranger news is our claiming 1B/DH Dan Johnson off of waivers from Oakland. Ok, so Pena has a sore hamstring, but why do we need to pick up a bit-part player to cover? We have plenty of options in the short term - Hinske can do fine at first, with Jonny DHing. I really don't see the need.

Anyhow, I'm sure that more will follow on both fronts over the weekend...

4 comments:

RayBiscuits said...

Hey again John!
Just wanted to very much agree with you that signing Longo long term was a great idea, when I got that email I went nuts. Good job by the management there.
-RayBiscuits

John said...

Definitely, I'm really pleased they've signed him up - its not just good to have him around for the long term, it demonstrates to the fans that they're serious.

John

RayBiscuits said...

Again about the little Johnson thing; if we wouldn't have done that, we could have picked up Frank Thomas whom the Jays just released and who I still think could play as a PH/DH a little and when Pena is hurt, he could play 1B. Not sure he'd be too happy about it though...
-RayBiscuits

John said...

I think Thomas would be a great pick-up still - but I guess its probably unlikely that we'd go after him, partly because of signing Johnson, and partly because Cliff Floyd shouldn't be out that long.

John