- WTVT reports the Rays are talking with the City of St. Pete again. We've heard this one before - don't expect any overnight solution. The Rays are still 13 years from the end of their contract, so they may have to work a bit to get out of it.
- Meanwhile, Charlie Frago reports councilmember Jim Kennedy plans on asking some difficult questions of the team before he votes to let them go.
- The Tampa Bay Times reports Hillsborough County quietly hired a law firm tied to former MLB President Bob DuPay - the issue skirted under scrutiny on a consent agenda item in October.
- ESPN lays out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's top-five priorities upon taking office...and the Rays are not among them. But interestingly enough, unifying the league's business operations is. Could this mean more revenue sharing, as I've previously suggested?
- But Marc Topkin reports Manfred said on Sirius/XM that he'd be a resource to Rays' ownership. However, "stadium construction is fundamentally a local issue - the owner, the local government, the local communities have to be committed to the project."
- Yet, as just about everyone is reporting, Manfred is still keeping the door open to Montreal, saying "it's possible...with the right set of circumstances and the right facility." So basically, Montreal is still half a billion dollars away from it. Manfred added nothing is imminent, but of course, he's got to keep the hopes up - how else could he "help" Tampa Bay ownership if he didn't retain the right to fearmonger and threatmonger, Bud Selig-style?
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Rays Rumors Quietly Percolate...
There have been a few Rays
developments non-developments in the last few days: