Re: When does attitude overshadow production?
Dukes isn't being kept in AAA because of his attitude. He's being kept there so as not to start his service clock. B.J. Upton and Delmon Young are in the same situation (and Young's mentally checked out at the moment). The D-Rays might look to advance Wes Bankston and Ryan Christianson so that they enter the bigs along with Upton, Dukes and Young, putting them all on a similar arbitration clock.
Also, Rocco Baldelli is working through his rehab and will soon take over the CF job in Tampa Bay. I think Baldelli, along with Carl Crawford, is incredibly overrated and I'd be looking to deal both to clear room for Dukes and Young.
The D-Rays actually have a lot of sour-to-bad attitudes kicking around (Johnny Gomes is no sweetheart). IMO they should market that. Tampa Bay is a tough, crime-ridden city. Drops the "Rays" from the name and call the team the Devils and turn the franchise into the Raiders of baseball. "This is the team your mother warned you about." That's got a nice ring to it.
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Last edited by M2; 05-28-2006 at 01:41 PM.