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.
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.
Did the team just formally announce that they are tanking this year?— Drew (@AndrewCall9) February 19, 2018
Honesty is the best policy?— Michael Agey (@MikeAgey) February 19, 2018
Our season in a nutshell.— Bleu (@bleuflame) February 19, 2018
...pretty spot on name here guys— Sam (@LeboMyEggo) February 19, 2018
As in tanking until the taxpayers pay for a stadium?— John AuBuchon (@john_aubuchon) February 19, 2018
Are you sure you want to call it that? Ray Tank? pic.twitter.com/rFqYYMueC1— TdBC (@TarjetasBeisbol) February 19, 2018
Looking forward to The Ray Rebuild, The Ray Championship Window, and The Ray Tank Again— Bill P (@Bill_TPA) February 19, 2018
I don’t think you guys thought this name through.— Martin Burke (@burmart) February 19, 2018
As part of the Rays Tank, would you ship Archer over to the Dodgers pls thx— DontLookAtAngie (@4Ev3rblue) February 19, 2018
It’s a tank alright— Chris Rackley (@rackstein12) February 19, 2018
This season may be more like... pic.twitter.com/uNm34ZRiNS— #RaysUpHope2018 (@RaysRallyKrewe) February 19, 2018
cease and desist cc: @draysbay— Ryan Gilliss (@RyanGilliss) February 19, 2018
Cool like the other side of the pillow— DRaysBay (@draysbay) February 19, 2018