Former Ray Dan Johnson has signed a one-year contract worth $1.2 million with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan's Central League. That's $700,000 more than Rocco Baldelli reportedly will receive in base salary from the Boston Red Sox.
Peter Toms has an excellent article at The Biz of Baseball detailing the growing relationships between Major League clubs and their minor league affiliates.
Tom Haudricourt reports at Baseball America that the Milwaukee Brewers were interested in Eduardo Morlan long before the Rule V Draft: "The Brewers originally tried to pry away Morlan from the Rays early in the 2008 season when they dealt outfielder Gabe Gross to Tampa Bay. At that point, the Rays did not want to part with the native of Cuba."
Jino Gonzalez may be in some trouble. The Rays 46th round pick in the 2002 draft, who pitched for the Montgomery Biscuits (AA) last year, was arrested January 4th at Tampa International Airport. He was charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm and released the same day on a $2,000 surety bond. No court date has been set according to the Court's docket.
So far there are no Rays on Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Provisional rosters are due January 16th and final rosters will be determined by February 24th.
Marc Lancaster reports the Rays have claimed Dewon Day off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. The Rays 40-man roster is now full.
RaysIndex reports that The Professor will be appearing in next week's season premiere of Friday Night Lights.