Every dollar counts for the Rays are they’re not exactly one of the biggest spenders in baseball. A big break- at least from their perspective- will cost them over a million dollars. Per baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, the minimum service time needed to qualify for Super Two status will be 2 years and 139 days this year as opposed to 2 years and 144 days in the past, and Sam Fuld just barely made it by the new minimum, having 2 years and 140 days of service time. Super Two status will allow Fuld to be arbitration eligible four times instead of usual three, which is great for him because he’ll likely triple his salary from around $500,000 in 2012 to 1.5 million dollars in 2013, but it will make it just a little bit harder for the Rays’ to pursue their other needs with a million more devoted to Fuld. The Rays will certainly give Fuld his money because he has done excellent for them as a high-energy 4th outfielder and occasional starter the past few years, but it has to be just a little bit frustrating for them.
In the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday, an editorial talked about how St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster is using mindset from 30 years ago to deal with a current problem, unwilling to compromise in terms of the Rays staying in St. Petersburg and risking the Rays staying in the Tampa Bay area in the process. That is every Rays fan’s worst nightmare- the Rays having to leave the Tampa Bay area- and you have to hope that Foster and St. Pete will be willing to compromise if that what it takes for the Rays stadium talks to progress knowing that the Rays will remain a regional asset. This Rays stadium issue is the only thing getting Foster in the news right now. If his stubbornness forces the Rays out of Tampa Bay, the only thing people will remember him for will be the St. Petersburg mayor who let the Rays leave.