The things that happened while I had no wifi were mostly happy.
Things that happened on a day I had no access to wifi:
-The Rays added Burke Badenhop to the bullpen. My, oh my, I love alliteration. This is going to be a fun season. Badenhop comes from the Marlins. In exchange, Miami picked up Rays’ minor league catcher Jake Jefferies. Matt Snyder of CBS Sports called the move “vintage Andrew Friedman.” I like the sound of that.
Snyder also states:
Badenhop, 28, had a 4.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 63 2/3 innings last season for the Marlins. Sabermetric stats showed he pitched much better than those numbers and suffered from bad fortune. His FIP was 2.95 and BABIP allowed was a high .327. So if things regress to the norm, Badenhop’s numbers will come down.
-In addition to Badenhop, the Rays tendered B.J. Upton, David Price, Jeff Niemann, Joel Peralta and dun…dun…dun….J.P. Howell. I’m going to have to keep my faith in Friedman who had this to say to the St. Pete Times regarding Howell:
“We’re big believers in who J.P. is and what he’s done to put himself in position to have a good 2012 season. J.P. is one of those guys you bet on.”
See you soon?
-As you’re reading that list of tendered players, you might notice that the name Andy Sonnanstine is missing. Sonny was non-tendered. Steve Slowinski of DRaysBay has put together a lovely ode to Andy, one of the last true Devil Rays.
-Rays Digest is still rolling out their list of the top prospects for Tampa Bay in 2012. Yesterday’s profile featured Lenny Linksy.
Linsky, a righty reliever out of the University of Hawaii, comes in at number 18 on Rays Digest’s list of the team’s top 50 prospects for next year.
Fun fact: I got to meet Linksy in St. Pete on the day he signed. Yes, he had seen the piece I wrote following the draft in which he was a co-recipient of the “Most Likely to Make Me Feel Like a Cougar” award. Our meeting was much less awkward than one might have guessed based on that tidbit of information. He was a nice guy who was genuinely excited to start his journey to the bigs.