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Published: 2012/03/17

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Florina April 22, 2012, 05:47:23

Maybe it is part of the plan, but it seems too much of a risk for this front office. First, they auericqd Zaun before the August 15th deadline, but there was no guarantee he’d be a type-B free agent(I believe he was the last one to make that cut). And what if he or Shouse accepted arbitration(possible handshake deals aside)? And like you said, there’s the obvious possibility of losing draft picks, something I don’t think the Rays can afford, even given the surplus.And besides all that, I think the draft strategy you outlined is kind of a poor one, because it handicaps their budget in the later rounds. By having five or six picks in the top 2 rounds, I don’t expect them to take as many over-slot guys in rounds 3-10(Glaesmann, Bailey, Malm, James) in 2010 as they did in 2009, which means more slot and under-slot guys.I think the Rays did okay for themselves in the 2009 draft in a vacuum. They got some good talent. But I do think they handcuffed themselves for the 2010 draft unless they plan on really opening the checkbook. And considering it was a difference of $170,000 that kept them from signing 20th rounder Dylan Floro(and probably a comparable amount on 15th rounder Pierce Johnson), I don’t know if that’s a realistic expectation.

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