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Rays certain to receive multiple trade offers

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With the all-star game behind them, baseball clubs now point to the trading deadline of July 31. That is the final day when a trade can be completed without having to put those players on waivers. This process is often called “rent-a-player.” Contending clubs may seek to find a top-line pitcher or hitter who will put them over the top for a division, or league, or World Series championship. The player acquired is often at the end of his contract…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.12.15 — Does Joe Maddon have the mojo this post-season?

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Good morning….Well, it’s Columbus Day, one of those weird federal holidays which most people in the private sector don’t enjoy (similar to next months’ Veterans Day). In typical fashion, our Congress is not only taking the day off to make the holiday, but the entire week. This, despite the fact that the House GOP is supposed to be in crisis because they don’t have a leader in the pipeline ready to replace John Boehner. Any baseball fans out there? I have…

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Baseball writes new script from ‘To Have and Have Not’

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In 1944, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall starred in their first film together. To Have and Have Not had nothing to do with baseball, but it is a fitting title for the current structure of Major League Baseball. Baseball is broken down into the “haves” and the “have nots.” The big-market teams will mostly be buyers this week. These are the haves. The smaller-market teams will mostly be sellers. These are the have nots. This week is the clearest demonstration…

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Rays play to three smallest crowds ever vs. Yankees

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The seats are still lonely at Tropicana Field. Still isolated. Still blue. Still empty, too. The Tampa Bay Rays, and stop us if you’ve heard this one before, are struggling at the gate once again. Over the last three nights. They have played the lowest crowd they have ever had against the New York Yankees (Tuesday), and the second lowest (Monday), and the third lowest (Wednesday). Blame who you wish, and feel how you want about another story about the…

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