Rays 6/13/14 Starting Lineup
- Per Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors, the Rays have claimed Angel Sanchez from Miami. Adams writes, “The Rays have claimed right-hander Angel Sanchez off waivers from the Marlins, tweets Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Marlins have announced that the move will clear a 40-man roster spot for Rafael Furcal to be activated from the DL and reinstated to the big league roster. Sanchez will head to Double-A Montgomery for the Rays. Sanchez, not to be confused with the infielder of the same name who inked a minor league deal with the Dodgers earlier today, is a 24-year-old right-hander out of the Dominican Republic. He is one of three pitchers that the Marlins acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for Ricky Nolasco and cash last season (the roughly $6MM of salary relief was the bigger concern for Miami in that transaction). In 12 starts at Double-A Jacksonville this season, Sanchez posted a 6.88 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 52 1/3 innings.
- In a piece titled Evan Longoria is Missing the Best Part of His Game, Frangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan questions, Yet here we are now, and Longoria’s hit some hard times. Fortunately or unfortunately for him, it’s been partially masked by the whole Rays team dropping out of the race, and it’s not like Longoria’s been bad, but something’s been missing, something of great importance. He’s still just 28, so it’s probably too soon to talk about a decline, but to this point Longoria’s been without his greatest strength. And it’s a mystery as to why that is.”
- A query from Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, “The Rays were supposed to be one of the best teams in baseball. How was almost everyone so wrong?”
- Alex Cobb looks to recuperate from an off start last Saturday, when he takes the mound tonight against Colin McHugh and the Houston Astros. You can read about tonight’s match up, and much more, in our series preview.