In St. Petersburg, mixed reaction to Rays’ picking Tampa

In St. Petersburg, mixed reaction to Rays\' picking Tampa
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nThe Rays have struck a minor-league deal with righty Dustin McGowan, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to MLB camp.

Soon to turn 36, the former first-round pick has spent the past two campaigns with the Marlins. He posted a notable bounceback effort in 2016 but stumbled in last year.

To be fair, McGowan did still managed to handle 77 2/3 frames over 63 appearances, so he’s still capable of bearing a substantial load. But he had a tough season in the results department, posting a 4.75 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9.

Despite carrying a typically solid 50.9% groundball rate last year, McGowan coughed up 13 home runs. He also lost some velocity after showing career-best rates in 2016, but still averaged over 94 with both his four and two-seam fastballs.

In the aggregate, it seems McGowan will have his work cut out to earn a shot on the Opening Day roster. At a minimum, he’ll have a chance to establish position on the overall reliever depth chart. It’s worth remembering that there could yet be some added opportunities in Tampa Bay depending upon how the rest of the offseason unfolds.

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Wasn’t Dustin McGowan Adam Sandler’s nemesis in Happy Gilmore?

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you guys are a bunch of idiots to take on the guy like that. he was a Jay and it can’t be more frustrated than it was for us and yet, we have him a warm welcome and an opportunity to win when he made it back. what a bunch of jerks you guys are. I guess that has to do a lot with being an American.

Please ignore this “person”. He does not represent Canada or the Canadian people.

The move has numerous hurdles, most notably funding. The club also announced the formation of the organization Tampa Bay Rays 2020, a nonprofit which will attempt to raise public support, and ultimately money, for a stadium estimated to cost in the $700 million range.

Ya he must be French. Defiantly doesn’t represent Canada as I would have loved the jays to have signed him, always liked Dustin

The news is particularly noteworthy because the club’s current home, Tropicana Field, is widely regarded as the worst in MLB. The Rays also regularly finish last in baseball in home attendance, including each of the last three seasons.

Another news byte, another no name getting signed. I keep hoping to see a headline that says Cardinals sign Yu Darvish or something ….

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Dustin had a tough road to the big leagues after being a first round pick. But he eventually made it. Talk about perserverance. He had a couple of good years releiving for the Jays. Power arm. Health is obviously the issue. I wish him well.

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The financial details aren’t yet known as Romo has not yet taken his physical. It’s not likely to be a big contract, though, given that Romo had a markedly up-and-down season last year.

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The down: he posted a 6.12 ERA over 30 appearances for the Dodgers before they traded him to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later who, as far as I can tell, never was named. The up: he pitched much better with the Rays, putting up a 1.47 ERA in 25 outings. He struck out fewer batters per nine with the Rays, actually, but walked far fewer and allowed far fewer hits.

The Rays are counting on the latter version of Romo. If deployed judiciously, they can probably get something at least close to it.


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