Sunday, July 16, 2006

Tampa Bay Devil Rays are in DIS-AA-RAY

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are considering changing their nickname: here's a suggestion, how about naming the team, "DIS-AA-RAYS." Mired in a state of perpetual confusion, this downtrodden team can't get turned around. First, genius Andrew Friedman trades strong armed catcher, Toby Hall, for highly coveted, Dioner Navarro; As usual, he was only wanted by the D-Rays. The problem is, Navarro can't throw out a toddler, and every major league team realizes it; so they run on Navarro all day long. When trade rumors surfaced last year regarding, Aubrey Huff. Outfielder, Carl Crawford spoke up, "Its only going to make us worst." Yet the Rays traded their best hitter, so B.J. Upton can move up to the big leagues. Problem is, Upton also has defensive shortcomings. Crawford, more than anything, was addressing team chemistry. What does it say to your veterans when you refused to resign your best player?
Friedman, meanwhile, says the organization wants to compete by the year 2008, however commissioner, Bud Selig replied, "Teams that are rebuilding always seem to be under construction, but winning clubs stay in title contention." Two years from now, Tampa Bay would have made significant gains by reaching .500, but that's hardly competitive in the Big East. Perhaps one answer is outfielder, Delmon Young, but he languishes on the farm. As with most of their young guns, the front office doesn't want its premium players getting to free agency quickly. Winning organizations like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox realize the future is now. Perhaps, the management should also look back on an old adage: you get what you pay for and in Tampa Bay that's a lot of DIS-AA-RAYS.

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