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Rays Recap: A busy week for the Tampa Bay Rays

By Austin Reimann
ST. PETERSBURG - APRIL 06: An exterior view of Gate 1 at Tropicana Field just prior to the Opening Day game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees on April 6, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG - APRIL 06: An exterior view of Gate 1 at Tropicana Field just prior to the Opening Day game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees on April 6, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /
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It was a busy week for the Tampa Bay Rays even though the World Series is only three games in. They signed a top International prospect and lost two coaches from Kevin Cash’s staff.

Monday:

Monday was a quiet day for the Tampa Bay Rays. Rumors continued to develop regarding the possible signing of top international prospect Sandy Gaston, but nothing was known for sure. Coaches Rocco Baldelli and Charlie Montoyo continued interviewing for head coaching gigs while Rays Vice President of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom continued interviewing for the New York Mets General Manager role.

In case you missed it:

On Monday I published an article regarding Jose Abreu and how the Rays might pursue him through trade talks this winter. The Rays will be looking at a number of right-handed hitters this offseason. Names like Abreu and Goldschmidt may very well come up during front office discussions.

Must Read. Rays Trade Target: Jose Abreu. light

Tuesday:

Tuesday was a big day for the Tampa Bay Rays on the international scene. The reported signing of top Cuban pitching prospect Sandy Gaston made headlines around the baseball community. The 16-year-old flamethrower signed with the Rays receiving a signing bonus of 2.6 million. Gaston sits in the upper 90s and scouts believe that as he develops it will become more clear if he will be a starter or closer.

Rays sign Sandy Gaston. light. Must Read

In case you missed it:

On Tuesday I released the 12th and 11th best individual pitching seasons in Tampa Bay Rays history. The two seasons featured a pair starters, James Shields and Alex Cobb.

Must Read. 12th and 11th best pitching seasons in Rays history. light

Wednesday:

The Baldelli and Montoyo rumors continued to swirl as decisions loomed. Chaim Bloom continued the long interview process with the Mets.

In case you missed it:

Published on Wednesday was an article talking about the possibility of the Rays moving on from Matt Duffy this offseason. The Rays lost an unrivaled number of one run games in 2018 and will looking to add production to their lineup and to do that they may need to part ways with their third baseman, Matt Duffy.

light. Must Read. Will the Rays move on from Matt Duffy?

Thursday:

Thursday was filled with goodbyes for the Rays community. Farewells were made as longtime Tampa Bay Rays player, coach and front office assistant, Rocco Baldelli was named the head coach of the Minnesota Twins and longtime coach in the Rays organization, Charlie Montoyo was named the head coach of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Must Read. Baldelli is headed to Minnesota. light

Montoyo is headed to Toronto. light. Must Read

In case you missed it:

Although a reunion may not be likely, I outlined reasons why a reunion with former Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Hellickson, could be beneficial for the Rays. Hellickson could be more cost effective than other free agent options and has a knack for induing bad content.

Must Read. A possible reunion?. light

Friday:

The Mets GM race has been whittled down to two finalists, one of them being Rays VP Chaim Bloom and the other being Brodie Van Wagenen, a sports agent.

In case you missed it:

Mallex Smith barely missed the cutoff for Super Two status. This could greatly impact his earning potential in the future, but the Rays aren’t complaining.

Must Read. Mallex misses out on Super Two status. light

Extra Notes:

  • On Monday, the top 10 individual pitching seasons will be published
  • Be on the lookout for a early attempt at predicting the 25-man roster for 2019 in the next few weeks
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