Siberian Baseball

Monday, April 07, 2008

Rays appear to know what they're doing now

While super prospect Evan Longoria is still waiting for his call to the majors, it's worth noting that the decision to ship him down to AAA Durham might not have been a bad decision, even if there hadn't been sinister contract implications in play.

Since starting the season, Longoria has stumbled a bit, going 0-for-14 and striking out five times. It's too small of a sample size to infer anything from it and Longoria will undoubtedly right himself if he's not called to the big club first, but it's worth noting.

Aside from starting his free agent clock, this seems to have been a solid move for the Rays. I can't imagine the pressure really building for a Tampa rookie - especially compared to other teams in the American League - but it's probably best not to rush him up.

Unless, of course, you're a Rays fan or a fantasy baseball nerd.

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