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The Rays Might Trade Their Team MVP

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

Dec 3rd 2008 10:17AM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Hold on. Why would you trade Evan Longoria after the run the Rays just made, going all the way to the World Series? He’s young, he’s -

Oh, not him.

Well, Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton had off-years, so they can’t really be the team MVP.

James Shields? Matt Garza?

Regardless, why on God’s green Earth would an up-and-coming team like the Rays trade any of these guys.

They aren’t, but they are looking to trade the little guy they named team MVP.

For some reason void of any logic or rational thought whatsoever, their “team MVP” was Jason Bartlett this past season. He of the averageish defense, good speed, and 82 OPS plus. That’s right, the Rays’ team MVP was a well-below-average hitter. He’s got good range, but not great, defensively. He stole 20 bases, so there’s that. I’m just trying to find some other legitimate reason he was voted their team MVP. Nothing stat-wise jumps out at me. He only played 128 games, so it’s not like you can say something like, “with Longoria and Crawford hurt, he was the ironman of the team.” You could try to say something about his attitude, I guess, but would his have really meant that much more than adding Troy Percival or subtracting Delmon Young and Elijah Dukes? And did they really win by staying positive, or by actually playing well?Continue Reading

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