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Mets sign former Rays Asdrubal as ex-Rays chase the money

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Know how to make the big money?

It’s easy. Just be a former Tampa Bay Ray.

While the Rays remain one of baseball’s most frugal teams, former teammates are cashing. The latest was shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets for $18.5 million. So far this offseason, Ben Zobrist has signed a four-year, $52 million contract and David Price has signed with the Red Sox for seven years and $217 million.

It continues. As much as any team in baseball, the Rays pay attention to the bottom line. It has become a place where players show up while waiting for the big money.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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