Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays tales: Former Rays on deck

The Rays head out after Wednesday's game on something of a reunion tour, a three-city road trip that will bring them face to face with a handful of players who were on their side last year: Jeff Keppinger in Chicago; James Shields, Wade Davis and Elliot Johnson in Kansas City; and Reid Brignac in Colorado. • Here's a look at how those former mates, and a few others, are doing (all stats through Friday):

SP James Shields, Royals

Terms of departure: Traded in deal for Wil Myers, others

Stats: 1-2, 3.00 in 4 starts

Status: Brought in to be the ace and lead the staff, and has done well. Though it's a new team, the results are familiar — his two losses were in 1-0 and 3-2 games. Shields is likely to face the Rays in the April 30-May 2 series.

SP Wade Davis, Royals

Terms of departure: Traded in deal for Wil Myers, others

Stats: 2-0, 2.25 in 3 starts

Status: Moved back to starting, has No. 4 spot in rotation. Hasn't allowed a run in past two outings, including a 1-0 win over red-hot Braves (and ex-mate B.J. Upton). Not scheduled to face Rays this trip.

INF Elliot Johnson, Royals

Terms of departure: Player to be named in deal for Wil Myers, others

Stats: .200, 0 HR, 1 RBI in 6 games

Status: Is the primary backup infielder, making spot starts vs. lefties at second and third base and can fill in at short.

Play dates: April 30-May 2 in Kansas City, June 13-16 at Trop

CF B.J. Upton, Braves

Terms of departure: Free agent; five-year, $75.25 million deal

Stats: .158, 2 HR, 3 RBIs in 15 games

Status: Warming slightly from his horrible start, 0-for-16 with nine strikeouts. Was moved to leadoff spot. Is enjoying teaming with brother Justin, who has been sizzling.

Play dates: Only in World Series

INF Reid Brignac, Rockies

Terms of departure: Traded for undisclosed cash considerations

Stats: .273, 0 HR, 3 RBIs in 13 games

Status: Backup infielder, with starts at third, second and short and an appearance in leftfield. Brought in for defense, and protection if starting SS Troy Tulowitzki got hurt again, but has made three errors.

Play dates: May 3-5

INF Jeff Keppinger, White Sox

Terms of departure: Free agent, 3 years, $12 million deal

Stats: .172, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs

Status: Unimpressive showing, especially with 8 strikeouts in 15 games after only 31 in 115 last season for Rays. Playing every day, mostly at second base.

Play dates: Thursday-Sunday in Chicago; July 5-7 at Trop

1B Carlos Peña, Astros

Terms of departure: Free agent; one year, $2.9 million deal

Stats: .236, 2 HR, 6 RBIs in 16 games

Status: Veteran leader on very young, very bad team under 1st-year manager Bo Porter. Alternating between DH and 1B. Has struck out 17 times.

Play dates: July 1-4 in Houston, July 12-14 at Trop.

A few others …

• RHP Burke Badenhop, traded to Brewers: 0-1-1, 4.76 in 8 games

• C Robinson Chirinos, traded to Rangers: .296, 0 HR, 3 RBIs in 8 games at Triple-A Round Rock

• RHP Dane De La Rosa, traded to Angels: 0-0, 2.57 in 6 games; 0-0, 0.00 in 2 games at Triple-A Salt Lake City

• C Stephen Vogt, traded to A's: .521, 4 HR, 15 RBIs in 11 games at Triple-A Sacramento

Revenge factor?

How some former Rays have done vs. their ex-mates:

Hitters G Avg HR RBIs

Jose Bautista 64 .266 14 31

Jonny Gomes 10 .303 3 6

Josh Hamilton 37 .246 7 32

Aubrey Huff 48 .290 12 28

Delmon Young 32 .285 2 13

Pitchers G W-L-S ERA

Rolando Arrojo 9 3-0-0 4.37

Grant Balfour 9 0-0-3 2.89

Joaquin Benoit 9 0-0-1 3.00

Jason Johnson 16 5-5-0 4.73

Scott Kazmir 3 1-2-0 4.11

Rafael Soriano 11 0-1-7 4.09

Tanyon Sturtze 18 3-3-0 3.60



Got a minute? Shelley Duncan

Best meal you can make? I can make these killer pancakes, it's a recipe that was passed down from my grandpa.

Must-see TV? Game of Thrones; that's the only one I'm watching.

Band you'd want to be on stage with? I'd love to go to a Rob Zombie concert; it looks like it would be fun to be on stage with them.

Dream vacation spot? New Zealand.

Shopping guilty pleasure? REI stores (outdoor gear); I could sit in there for days. I take pictures of stuff to keep in my phone.

Rays rumblings

3B Evan Longoria is among those impressed by the Red Sox: "I'm nervous. I'm scared of them. I don't know if that's the word for it, but I think that they're a team to be feared." … ESPN's Buster Olney, saying industry officials still expect LHP David Price to be traded this season, suggests the Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals and Rangers as frontrunners. Maybe the others, but can't see the Rays doing biz with Boston, unless at a significant premium. … A sunburst logo was added to the home clubhouse carpet. … The Rays have the 21st and 29th picks in the first round of the June 6-8 draft and, per Baseball America, a middle-of-the-pack $6.7 million pool for the first 10 rounds. … LHP Jeff Beliveau, acquired last week from Texas and sent to Durham, could become the second greatest Ray from Rhode Island's Bishop Hendricken High, after Rocco Baldelli. … Singer Shannon Magrane, daughter of former Rays TV man Joe, does a 3 p.m. show Saturday at the Clearwater Fun n Sun Festival at Coachman Park. … Interesting to see the smaller-market Mariners form their own regional TV sports network.

     
     
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