Ray Tank: Fans have fun with name of team’s new blog

Rays pitcher Chris Archer, right, said the Twins "didn't have to give up a huge haul of players" to get Jake Odorizzi from the Rays. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Rays pitcher Chris Archer, right, said the Twins "didn't have to give up a huge haul of players" to get Jake Odorizzi from the Rays. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published February 19 2018
Updated February 20 2018

Rays fans upset about the team's recent moves found the perfect target for their ridicule Monday when the team announced the name of its new blog.

The Ray Tank.

Which is what many suspect might be the team's new strategy.

Fans — as well as current and former players — have questioned offseason moves that, on the surface, appear to have done little other than reduce payroll while seemingly making the team less competitive on the field.

Alex Cobb, the team's most consistent pitcher the past several seasons when healthy, was allowed to leave via free agency. Third baseman Evan Longoria, the face of the franchise and arguably its most popular player, was traded to the Giants.

But that was just the beginning.

Saturday night, pitcher Jake Odorizzi was traded to the Twins for minor-league shortstop Jermaine Palacios, who wasn't even on Baseball America's organization top 30 prospects lists.

And most perplexing, designated hitter/outfielder Corey Dickerson, an All-Star this past season, was designated for assignment.

The timing of the announcement about the blog name appears to have been coincidental.

But it couldn't have been worse for a franchise already struggling to convince its supporters that it is trying to put a winning product on the field.

And, boy, did fans have fun with it.

It also didn't take long for someone to point out that the name bears a close resemblance to the blog on DRaysBay (The Rays Tank), which didn't seem to bother either party.

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