I loved that Rays pitcher Chris Archer popped off about the Rays needing to spend more money to win, to both SiriusXM's MLB Network and Marc Topkin of the Times. Archer's comments, particularly to Topkin — who was all over this — are words that need to be out there.
True, one glance at all the empty seats at the Trop might give Archer and Rays fans their answer. Rays payroll isn't going up. But Rays owner Stu Sternberg needs to know where his players stand. Evan Longoria hinted during the season about how much he wanted to be on a winner again.
But at least Longoria was in the middle of one of his best seasons, a resurrection.
If Archer wants to talk about the Rays winning more, him not losing 19 games would help.
2017 is a big season for him, whether he stays here or not.
I'm still glad he said what he said.
This franchise is heading in the wrong direction. This team needs an edge. Maybe this is it, players demanding more from ownership, so Sternberg and Rays baseball ops chief Matt Silverman know that the Rays' economic constraints, real as they, aren't news anymore. Losing is.
I remember the days when the Rays reveled at beating the system in a bring-it-on kind of way. That was the Ray Way heyday. They'd talk about small market ball with champagne in their eyes.
I still can't believe those winning seasons happened.
It's harder to believe they'll ever return.
Well said, Christopher.
No go out there and don't lose 19 games.
Martin Fennelly is a Tampa Bay Times sports columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org