Per the Orioles' General Manager, it doesn't appear the Rays we be giving up much to complete the trade for RHRP Chad Bradford: MacPhail had discussions with Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman about the player to be named in August's Chad Bradford trade but said that no decision had been reached. "Expectations shouldn't be high," MacPhail said.
As we previously told you, Wade Townsend's AFL season is over. Now Lisa Winston gives more details: This fall he went back to the AFL to make up for all that lost time, but was shelved by a shoulder injury after three starts that is expected to sideline him for an indefinite period of time into 2009.
The Professor took a statistical look at the Rays offensive needs for next year: Right fielders were far from the worst offensive position for the Rays. In fact, only first base and third base outperformed right fielders in terms of OPS. But right field is a position where a manager should expect run production. When compared to the rest of the AL, Rays right fielders were well off the pace in 2008, ranking 10th in the AL in OPS.
Videos from the AFL by David Pratt: Chris Mason, Ryan Reid, Matt Spring, J.T. Hall, J.T. Hall again, and Rhyne Hughes.