AL East stacked with ROTY candidates

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  1. Dave B. March 11, 2008 at 8:48 PM #

    It wouldn't be a month. Without checking, i want to say a player has to be down till the end of June to delay their arbitration clock. I may be wrong, but i will bet a million bucks it's not just one month.
    Longoria will break camp as the starter, no doubt about it. He is the best player in the minors, is ready, and even Tampa is not going to worry about 6 years down the road with a guy like this.

  2. Moshe Mandel March 12, 2008 at 5:10 AM #

    Nice writeup. I think Joba and jacoby may have a lead right now just due to the notoriety they have gained over the last few months, but Longoria seems to be the surest bet to make his team straight out of spring and stay in his role for the whole time.

  3. Jaredk March 12, 2008 at 5:53 AM #

    Longoria is going to be the best player long-term and I would put him as the favorite for ROY assuming he gets the at-bats. Then again I did not expect Alex Gordon to struggle as much as he did for the Royals for most of last season and he was as highly regarded if not more then Longoria going into his rookie year.

  4. Jaredk March 12, 2008 at 6:54 AM #

    I guess former sox 2nd round pick, catcher Jon Egan has retired…he had struggled with the bat, some personal issues, and some back problems…I still had a little hope for him….he had enormous power potential.

  5. Evan Brunell March 12, 2008 at 7:08 AM #

    Aw, darn! I was holding out hope for Egan.

  6. Jaredk March 12, 2008 at 7:15 AM #

    Me too…thought it might come together for him. Never thought he would be a high avg guy but thought he could develop 30 home run power and draw enough walks to give him some value. Not sure why he called it quits…soxprospects.com has a brief note on it.

  7. Erik Hahmann March 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM #

    I doubt Longoria wins the job out of spring. If he somehow does I think it's a mistake, no matter how good he's hitting. Send him down for a month or so, however long it takes for his Free Agency to start a year later. They're not going to make the playoffs, so having a month of Aybar isn't so bad. And they're not the "Tampa Bay D-Rays" anymore :)

  8. PuckOswego March 12, 2008 at 1:53 PM #

    shelley duncan just got ejected for starting a brawl when he intentionally tried to spike akinori iwamura. he was the second yankees player to be thrown out of the game, as some nobody pitcher for the yankees was sent out there to hit a rays player.
    i wonder how long it will take moshe to come in here and say it was all just a misunderstanding, and the ump was completely out of line by throwing out duncan for trying to spike someone in a spring training game. that's what he did after chamberlain gave up a home run and plunked the next batter.
    looks like duncan will get a suspension. this team is a complete joke. they're hitting guys and starting brawls in spring training. talk about a frustrated, desparate team.

  9. Jaredk March 12, 2008 at 9:54 AM #

    Clay is looking better today…got out of the first which has been his problem and is perfect through 2 innings

  10. Moshe Mandel March 12, 2008 at 10:02 AM #

    Ed Coleman just said on WFAN that Crisp is going to the Mets for Angel Pagan.

  11. Erik Hahmann March 12, 2008 at 2:05 PM #

    Wonder what would have happened had Gomes not been restrained when he reached Duncan.
    The Rays-Yankees spring training game took a wild turn in the top of the
    second, when Yankees' Shelley Duncan slid spikes-high into Rays 2B Akinori
    Iwamura while trying to turn a single into a double. Duncan, who hinted
    earlier this week that there would be more "intensity" today following the
    much-publicized home plate collision Saturday by Rays INF Elliot Johnson,
    was tossed from the game, and sparked the benches to clear.
    The dugouts emptied, with many convening around the middle infield; Rays OF
    Jonny Gomes got to Duncan first, racing from rightfield to get after the
    Yankee. Gomes had to be held back by Rays bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, and he
    was later tossed.
    Duncan's play wasn't the first spark today. In the first inning, Yankees
    LHP Heath Phillips was tossed after he hit touted Rays prospect Evan
    Longoria with a pitch. That sparked Yankees manager Joe Girardi to argue
    his case with the umpire.
    Both teams went back to their dugout with an ovation from the sellout
    crowd.

  12. Jaredk March 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM #

    WFAN is reporting Crisp to the Mets for Angel Pagan…that's got to be total b.s. Even with Alou out not sure Coco offers much when he is not in CF and when Alou gets back Coco is just gonna be pissed again when he is on the bench.

  13. TALLTHRILL March 12, 2008 at 2:03 PM #

    Because of the nature of the rule, there is no way to know exactly how much time the Rays will have to keep Longoria in AAA to avoid him becoming a super-2.
    Thanks to the MLB players association: "A player with at least two but less than three years of Major League service shall be eligible for salary arbitration if he has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season and he ranks in the top 17 percent in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service, however accumulated, but with at least 86 days of service accumulated during the immediately preceding season."
    A year of service is 172 days.
    Thanks to Cot's Baseball Contracts: "The historical cutoff point for Super 2 status is 2 years, 128 days of service, though the requirement has been as high as 2 years, 140 days."
    So it is possible that just over one month (32 days) in AAA would do it, and probably two moths would would be safe. But Erik, as Dave says, this is only a delay of the arbitration clock. Free agency is 6..00 years, so that is another matter all together.
    Personally I love the contract rules. But the Rays should have learned from B.J. Upton that it is a bad idea to stunt a players progress for service time. In my opinion they really did their team and B.J. a disservice.

  14. TALLTHRILL March 12, 2008 at 2:15 PM #

    You have to laugh at how childish the Yankees retaliations are. Especially considering that their whole argument against the initial collision at home plate was, "this is just spring training."
    I also love that the Rays play hard, regardless. And I'm not surprised at the Yankees despicable attempt to injure another teams players. I would not be proud if I was a fan of that team. I'm sure A-Rod was pumped, just don't know why the Captain didn't talk some sense into his teammate. Or do I give him too much credit?