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  1. #16
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    I'm really happy with the Balfour signing. He was a key part for us a few years ago. Now that hes settled as a sure handed closer we have the final piece to be dominating once again. Can't wait to get things going!

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  2. #17
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    Sep 2013
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (via Twitter) that trade talks for Rays catcher Jose Lobaton have begun to heat up. Topkin notes that teams with interest or need at the position include the Diamondbacks, Indians, Rockies, White Sox, Mets and Nationals.

    The 29-year-old Lobaton slashed a solid .249/.320/.394 with seven homers for the Rays in 2013 and also belted one of the most dramatic and improbable home runs of the postseason. A switch-hitter, Lobaton has historically been better from the right side of the dish than the left, but he bucked that trend and swung the bat better as a lefty (.736 OPS) than as a righty (.653) in 2013.

    While Lobaton is a solid, controllable bat -- he is a Super Two player that is not eligible for free agency until the 2017-18 offseason -- at a thin position, he also comes with some defensive question marks. Lobaton has caught just 16 percent of attempted base stealers in his career and was below average at blocking pitches in the dirt in 2013 (per Fangraphs). While he's not a poor pitch-framer, he also doesn't add significant value in that department, either (per Matthew Carruth's work at StatCorner).

    Lobaton has been connected to the White Sox and Nationals in trade talks so far this offseason, with the Nats being the most recently linked club. A trade would seem to be beneficial for both Lobaton and the Rays; the Rays acquired and extended Ryan Hanigan this offseason in addition to re-signing Jose Molina, leaving Lobaton without a clear path to playing time. Additionally, a trade would save the Rays a bit of cash, as Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $900K salary for 2014.

  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Fukudome View Post
    I'm excited to see Myers. While I don't think the Shields deal was as big of a win as some people in the main forum do, it was still a hell of a lot of value. Ibdont think we can accurately assess the deal until we see some major league impact from the pieces the Rays received.

    I look at the Garza trade and see the same thing; a trade that was immediately a big win, and until Archer and Lee showcase their ability on the major league level, the jury is still out. Being a Cubs fan made it a win/win though.
    I am also so much excited to see Myers.

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