Daniel Descalso and Joe Kelly have spent more than a year as Marc Rzepczynski’s teammates, but they both had a lot of trouble trying to spell the Cardinals left-hander’s last name:
My favorite part is both Descalso and Kelly claiming that they used to be able to spell it, but have since lost the ability. By the way, I copied and pasted “Rzepczynski” for every mention in this post, so I wouldn’t screw it up.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: