Tag:Tampa Bay Rays
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 4:39 pm

What $15 Million Buys You?

The Florida Marlins refused to give Dan Uggla a 5yr/$70 million dollar deal. They had good reason to. Chris Coghlan is most likely the second basemen of the future. Until then Omar Infante will be making a pit stop here for 2011.

So what does the Marlins do with the $15 million that Uggla was asking for?

Javier Vazquez - 1yr at $7 million.
John Buck - 3yrs at $18 million.
Randy Choate - 2yrs at $2.5 million.

Rumor has it the Marlins signing of John Buck may open up the possibility of a trade for his former team mate Zack Greinke if Greinke would be willing to sign long term with the Marlins. Greinke has made it clear he does not want to play in a big market and would be willing to take a discount. Two teams, the Marlins and Rays are likely landing options since they both are near home. The Malins are expected to contend in 2011 and 2012, while the Rays are just now starting a rebuilding phase.

Rumor has it the Marlins are looking to deal Ricky Nolasco, Logan Morrison, and possibly Chris Volstad involved in the deal for Zack Greinke, although the Marlins deny the rumor. The trade is expected to be a 3-team blockbuster deal possibly involving the Seattle Mariners or the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With Nolasco gone, this would open up the possibility of Greinke becoming the second starter behind Josh Johnson. He would be in a no-pressure situation with a much better offense. Coghlan could move to left field with speedster Scott Cousins taking over center field. Alex Sanabia would fill in the 5th spot in the rotation.

With Vazquez being on a 1 year deal the Marlins would not have financial issues for at least another 3 years when Michael Stanton, Gaby Sanchez, and Chris Coghlan are arbitration eligible.

Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:01 am

Fans in the Stands

If you want fans in the stands there can be many solutions, but only one seems reasonable enough, make them want to come and make them be able to afford your prices.

Thursday evening there was a bizarre event occuring in South Florida.

This event involved the Pittsburg Pirates and the Florida Marlins. The typical expectations involved was bad pitching, lots of offense, very little fans in the stands, more Pirates fans than Marlins fans, and all this for $15 per person.

The only part of this that held up its end of the deal was bad pitching and lots of offense.

The Marlins lowered their prices and what do you know, the fans showed up at the park. Granted it was only half filled, but this is the Pirates. The Pirates who are the worse team in baseball. A team nobody cares about. Two teams that it seems NOBODY cares about. So this leaves many of us in a DOUBLE U TEE EFF moment.

So this is how you get fans in the stands. Listen up Rays and take this one out of a page from the Marlins who seem to be able to have the most bizarre happenings on a yearly basis, but for good reasons, unlike their division rival New York Mets.

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