The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Tampa Bay Rays

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The Best: There certainly isn’t much history to work with here.  You got this, you’ve got that and you’ve got the other. Well, “that” came in a model with sleeves too.  Anyway, I like “the other” best.  I can’t decide how I feel about the light blues they wear on Sunday.  While I’m predisposed to dislike solid jerseys, they tend to look better in lighter colors than they do in darker colors.  Same goes for the Royals’ use of them too. Overall the home whites in the new version look the best.

The Worst: We are men of action. Neon does not become us.  It especially does not become all-time greats like Wade Boggs and Fred McGriff who were forced to wear it late in their careers.

Assessment: They could be wearing Hugo Boss and still look terrible under the Tropicana Field roof, so there’s only so much they can do.  That said, I think they look pretty good now. Probably better than any of the four 90s expansion teams.

Rays sign lefty Ryan Merritt to a minor league deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays have signed lefty swingman Ryan Merritt to a minor league contract. Nah, it’s not a big signing but we’ll take anything today.

Merritt, who has spent his entire career in the Indians organization, spent the entire 2018 season at Triple-A Columbus. It wasn’t a bad year for him — he posted a 3.79 ERA and a 52/2 K/BB ratio in 13 starts and two relief appearances covering 71.1 innings — but the Tribe just couldn’t find a role for him at the big league level. He has shown in the past, however, that he can hack it in the bigs, having posted a 1.71 ERA in 31.2 innings with the Indians between 2016-2017.

His thing is that he simply doesn’t strike guys out at anything approaching a typical clip for a big leaguer: 3.7 per nine innings in his small sample of major league outings and 6.3 Ks per nine innings in the minors. Which, while it may not prevent him from having success at the big league level, is likely a reason for the limited number of chances he’s been given.

The Rays are probably the best place he could go, frankly. They’ve shown themselves willing to utilize guys in unique ways and are more likely than most teams to find places to spot a lefty control specialist who has shown he can both start and come out of the pen.