Here’s a Thought: The Rays Front Office Does It Again

Posted: 19th December 2009 by Nathaniel Stoltz in MLB
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Only a few franchises in MLB truly understand how to spend money wisely. I would trot out the A's, Twins, Rockies, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Phillies, and the Rays as some of these. Few do a better job of acquiring the best talent with the least money than the last team in that list: Tampa Bay. And they've done it again. Most fans, possibly even many Tampa Bay fans, don't realize that the Rays signed first baseman Ryan Shealy to a minor league deal this week. But Shealy is important: he's exactly the type of player small-market teams should give a first base, DH, or corner outfield job to. Let's take a look at Shealy's skills. In 164 career major league games, the massive righty has hit .271/.335/.429 with 19 homers, 46 walks, and 148 strikeouts. Those aren't tremendous numbers, but it ...

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