This Week in Rays Baseball: Decisions to be Made on Peralta, Cubs Set to Hire Maddon, and More

The Tampa Bay Rays will wait until Monday to make their option decision on reliever Joel Peralta, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin tweeted. They’ll also be making other 40-man decisions, since Matt Moore and Jerry Sands need to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, and their roster is currently full. If the Rays choose to exercise Peralta’s $2.5M option, they’ll have options at the same price for 2016 and 2017 as well. Peralta is coming off a season in which he posted a 4.41 ERA, and the Rays could decide to let him go to save a bit of money and clear a roster spot for a younger player. What follows are a handful of links from this week past.

A Vote For Greenlight Pinellas is A Vote for the Future of the Rays

I wanted to take a moment to publicly advocate for Greenlight Pinellas. Beyond the fact that Pinellas County is projected to grow by more than 200,000 people (and 148,000 jobs) in the next 25 years — growth that will put more pressure on the existing transportation system as most of the roadways — most metropolitan areas with a professional sports franchise have something in common: the residents are able to depend on quality public transportation. While Pinellas County currently features public transportation, Greenlight Pinellas would vastly improve the current system, ultimately adding quicker and more efficient means of getting from place-to-place, and eventually culminate in a light-rail system that would span the county and connect with Hillsborough County.