Some Rays reading to catch up on ...
* Chicago Tribune baseball columnist Phil Rogers was at Rays camp and looks back at the trade that sent Matt Garza to the Cubs last January.
With a strong breeze blowing through the pine trees and palmetto bushes, the Tampa Bay Rays walked out of their clubhouse and down a stone path, headed toward back diamonds for practice. They walked alone or in groups of twos and threes, and, to be fair, they weren't all former Cubs.
OK, not really. But the five guys who Jim Hendry sent to Tampa Bay for Matt Garza are conspicuously on display for a team that is successfully mixing a small budget with big expectations.
* At ESPN.com, Jayson Stark raves about the Rays rotation, including this passage:
Oh, you may not find Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on the cover of every magazine on the newsstand -- or even on the cover of MLB 2K12.
You won't find them guest-hosting "Saturday Night Live" -- or even chatting it up with Letterman, Leno or Kelly Ripa.
But this is a rotation that already should have staked out some serious claims to fame -- if any fame detectives outside the parking lot of the Trop were actually paying attention, that is.
* MLB.com's Richard Justice comes to a simple conclusion about Rays 3B Evan Longoria:
Longoria is arguably baseball's best third baseman, probably one of its five or six best all-around players and most marketable stars.