LET’S TALK RAYS!
According to ESPN, Troy Percival is about to sign a multiyear deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Percival was one of the nice stories in baseball last year. He came back from missing almost 2 years of playing to have an excellent half-season with the Cards. He allowed only 24 hits in 40 innings, and struck out 36 batters. His ERA was a lean 1.80.
But if offering a “multiyear” deal to a pitcher that is 38 and missed almost 2 full seasons seems somewhat loony, consider the plight of the Rays.
No team allowed more than the 944 runs the Rays did last season, and they also finished with the worst record in MLB. Their bullpen is full of retreads and never-beens. Their closer last year was Al Reyes. If the deal isn’t for an insane amount of money and the “multi” means 2, then it’s a decent gamble for the Rays.
The Rays also picked up a solid starter in Matt Garza by trading OF Delmon Young to the Twins. They also received SS Jason Bartlett in the deal.
On Garza: “He’s a guy we project to get a lot better quickly,” Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said. “We feel like we strengthened two areas of need, shortstop and starting pitching.”
The Rays have a decent core with Upton, Crawford, Pena, Iwamura, Shields and Kazmir. At least they are trying to progress with acquisitions like Garza and Percival.