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Rays activate Sam Fuld from disabled list for season debut

Jul 24, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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After missing the first 96 games of the season following spring training wrist surgery Sam Fuld is off the disabled list and back on the Rays’ active roster.

Fuld gained cult hero status during his hot start last season, but then slumped badly down the stretch and was slated for a part-time role this year before the injury.

He’s an excellent defensive outfielder with plus speed and good on-base skills, but has hit just .244 with four homers and a .355 slugging percentage in 501 career plate appearances.

  1. Ben - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Lock up your wives, daughters and New Yorker writers, the legend is back.

  2. bobdira - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    This should end the sightings of Hideki Matsui flailing around in the outfield. Now if we can just keep him away from the batters box.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Unfortunately, this is the biggest move the Rays will make this year. I have really soured on Andrew Friedman and the rest of the front office. They are given unjust amounts of credit, by me included.

    They play the game of quantity over quality. They’ll sign a dozen overaged hacks per year, hit gold on a Rodney and Keppinger twice a year, and all will rave of the scouting department. No one mentions the below replacement level veterans who get to waste valuable atbats and innings like Matsui, Drew Sutton, Brookes Conrad, Josh Lueke (for a .850 catcher), Matt Bush, Brandon Allen, Luke Scott, Carlos Pena.

    We aren’t the Rays. We’re the DFA’s! It’s so tiresome to watch this team struggle year after year offensively. When we had Longo, this team had the best record in baseball. It was running away with the division. Then Longo tears his quad and they do nothing! Is Friedman so self righteous as to believe he can just plug in anyone and get production?

    Why bother picking up the phone and trying to trade one of your 9 MLB ready starters, when you can waste a year of service from Wade Davis as the mop up guy rin the pen? Hell, why trade Alex Cobb/ Alex Torres/ Alex Colome for a useful bat, when you can send them to AAA and let Hideki Matsui give you -1 WAR over fewer than 100 PA.

    I’m just tired of my team’s fanbase fawning over this guy, all the while he’s screwing them. I think it is possible to luck into a lot of good players. We already see what this team is without Longoria. They are a well below .500 team without him. Same with Price. Both of these guys were top 5 draft picks, and it is hard to screw those up. Unless you draft a concensus 3rd round pick with a top 5, it’s a craps shoot. If Friedman gets credit for Price and Longo, he gets blame for Buster Posey and every other 1st round bust he’s found. Will anybody actually give Friedman credit for “discovering” Matt Moore after he passed him over 9 times? You can’t “develop” a lefy with 99MPH stuff either. He’s borm with it.

    This team hasn’t developed a hitter since Zobrist, and even that is questionable. If you trade for a 25 year old, it’s difficult to take much credit for his development. Longoria was ready for the Majors out of college, and Upton has never reached his potential. Not only did Upton never reach his potential, but they squandered any trade value he once hadeven though the in house replacement was playing left field for them last year. They couldn’t get a C prospect for him right now.

    I know people don’t go to the games yet, but the interest is there. The TV ratings are through the roof this year. This team is 2.5 games out of a postseason berth, and yet nothing will be done. They will not add a piece, nor will they sell a piece, because they never do. They will tread water, and show the fans that they are apathetic. They aren’t trying to win, they are simply trying not to lose. Trying to win would be trading Hellickson for a stick. Trying to win next year would be trading Shields for many young sticks. They won’t, because they are the DFA’s, and they refuse to take any risk at all.

    If I’m the owner, Matsui is hurried out of the locker room. As is Shields and Davis, but for different reasons. Sean Rod sucks, so give Buster Posey, I mean Tim Beckham a shot when he is eligible to return from his pot bust. Fire hitting coach Derek Shelton! How many years in a row do you want to finish last or second to last in OPS? Lastly, I tell Friedman to get off his ass and do some real work. You signed Matt Moore to a great contract, and then you quit trying. The core of this team is a playoff team. They need 1 or 2 cogs. Or if you want to punt on this year, fine, let’s trade some expensive parts for young talent. For the first time in 5 years, make a damn deadline deal, one way or the other though.

    • jon623 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Holy crap that’s a long comment. Give me some time to sit down with a cup of coffee and read through it and I’ll get back to you.

    • jon623 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Wow. Now that I’ve had a minute to read through this, I’m liking your style. I completely agree with you – the front office of the Rays has blown several years of potential success by sitting on their thumbs and trying not to lose, as you said.

      I’m a Mariner’s fan – I know the woes. These two teams have a lot in common, other than the fact that the Rays are much better off and have a chance at doing something. But both teams need to make moves and attempt to do something instead of just sitting around and waiting and hoping that things will happen for them. I agree with you – Get Matsui the hell out of that club, trade Shields and Davis (or anybody for that matter; there are plenty of good bargaining chips) and bring some offense to that club.

      You guys have a good shot if you will just make a move. Push the chips to the middle of the table and get the ball rolling! I’m with ya man, you make a lot of great points here. +1 for you.

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