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Notes From Sin City: Maddon Dishes on Rays

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 8th 2008 10:25PM by Andrew Johnson (author feed)
Our MLB editor files dispatches from this year’s Winter Meetings in Las Vegas in Notes From Sin City.

Fresh off his honeymoon in Europe, Rays manager Joe Maddon talked with the media this afternoon. Despite an AL East title and a World Series appearance, it should come as no surprise that Tampa Bay has been overshadowed by the Red Sox and Yankees so far this offseason.

That isn’t preventing the Rays from looking ahead to next season. Winning 97 games in 2008 was no accident, but repeating that feat with Boston and New York poised to load up on top-tier free agents will not be easy. Here are the highlights from his briefing:

- Maddon said the Rays will probably be able to spend more money this winter than last — likely because of their playoff windfall — but he doesn’t know how much they’ll be increasing payroll, if at all. Of course, they don’t have all that much to improve upon with the vast majority of their roster young, talented and inexpensive.

“The preference is to make us better offensively,” said Maddon. The Rays were ninth in the American League in runs last year, and could pick and choose from the plethora of corner outfield and DH bats available this winter.

Maddon confirmed that he and members of the Tampa Bay front office had lunch with free agent Milton Bradley. He raved about the way Bradley “never throws an at-bat away” and offered no reservations about his character. “People grow up, people change,” said Maddon. “This guy is all about winning.”Continue Reading

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