Some fresh news this morning from the Rays and MLB:
Rays first baseman Dan Johnson had his rights sold to the Japanese League team Yokohama Bay Stars. He is most remembered as the guy who the game-tying ninth inning home run of Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon on Sept.9. The Yokohama Bay Stars had the worst record last season in the Nippon Professional League.
The Cincinnati Reds stepped up their efforts at free agent Rocco Baldelli. They may be the only serious team interested at Rocco right now.
The Angels resigned outfielder Juan Rivera to a three year $12.75 million dollar contract. Looks like Rivera will replace free agent Garret Anderson, which the Rays have interest in since he played under bench coach Joe Maddon when he was with the Angels.
The inaugural St.Petersburg Bowl will played at Tropicana Field with USF playing Memphis. Unfortuantly, they can't play outside in classic Florida winter weather, but it will be nice to see the Trop's finale for the year. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 4 PM.
My article on the Rays outfield improvement will be posted later this afternoon.