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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:42:44 -0800
The St. Petersburg Times reports the Tampa Bay Rays are bringing 22 of their most promising prospects, including P Jeremy Hellickson and OF Desmond Jennings, to St. Petersburg next week for a four-day winter development program. Players will work out at Tropicana Field, and also undergo media training, make community relations appearances and attend a Lightning game. The invited players are C Luke Bailey, P Nick Barnese, SS Tim Beckham, P Alex Colome, P Joseph Cruz, P Devin Fuller, OF Todd Glaesmann, Hellickson, P Kevin James, C Jake Jefferies, Jennings, P Kyle Lobstein, P Jake McGee, P Matthew Moore, P David Newmann, 1B Jeff Malm, SS Juniel Querecuto, OF Cody Rogers, P Scott Shuman, 3B Matthew Sweeney, P Albert Suarez, and P Alexander Torres.
Sun, 20 Dec 2009 23:40:46 -0800
According to The St. Petersburg Times' "The Heater" blog, the player to be named later in the trade with the Cleveland Indians that brought C Kelly Shoppach to the Tampa Bay Rays apparently won't be named until Monday, Dec. 21. When the teams made the trade Dec. 1, the Indians said the player "must be selected on or before Dec. 20." Word is the Indians made their selection from a list of two, so it's just a matter of the teams notifying the player and making the announcement. The blog speculates P Mitch Talbot as a good possibility. An Indians.com report also mentioned Talbot, speculating the two players on the Indians list were Talbot and Class A P prospect Joseph Cruz.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 07:19:03 -0800
Indians.MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince reports the Cleveland Indians are likely to choose from two Tampa Bay Rays players to complete the deal for C Kelly Shoppach. Rays P Mitch Talbot and P Joseph Cruz are likely the two players. Talbot, 26, made 15 starts in the minors before elbow problems shut him down this season. Cruz, 21, went 5-8 with a 4.04 ERA in 21 starts at Class A Bowling Green, striking out 99 and walking 26 in 98 innings of work.