Scrambled Egg?

August 2nd, 2016


Trades can be tricky emotional beasts. For players, there’s the knowledge that a new team wants you, values you and will do everything it can to make you succeed.

Then there’s the sting of leaving old friends and a familiar situation.

Infielder Matt Duffy, gained in the trade yesterday that sent Matt Moore to the San Francisco Giants, sent a deep response to the San Francisco Chronicle about leaving one Bay Area and preparing to move to another.

Here’s his text response to the Chronicle’s Henry Schulman:

“It’s going to hurt for a while,” Duffy said. “It’s bittersweet. Whenever somebody thinks highly enough of you to trade for you it’s a positive. But leaving the organization that I grew up with and who gave me the opportunity to succeed … I’m really excited, but also sad to leave such a great group of guys.”

Joe thinks it’s understandable that Duffy, who will play some shortstop with the Rays, feels this way. You must remember that his response came shortly after news came down that he was sent to Tampa Bay. Likely, his head was spinning faster than a tilt-a-whirl.

Still, that line, “It’s going to hurt for a while,” won’t find its way into a Rays promotional campaign any time soon.

Joe hopes Duffy makes the transition as easily as possible, because we all saw with Logan Morrison early this season how a change of scenery can turn a player’s brain into a scrambled egg.

5 Responses to “Scrambled Egg?”

  1. Darth Ray-der Says:

    Duffy was 2nd in rookie of the year voting last year, so he’s not terrible. Just hope he’s an upgrade on defense at SS. Not a lot of power though. Did have 70 RBIs last year. I am ambivilent on trading Matt Moore. At 27, this young veteran pitcher could be a very good starter for 10 more years. Remember, He was 17 – 4 a year before his elbow surgery. It’s going to come down to what the single A players we received on how this trade measures out.

  2. FortMyersDave Says:

    I was actually surprised the rays got a ready starter Darth but he is currently on the DL which might be a red flag as his his down numbers this year. Hopefully its just a sophomore slump and not “Ben grieve Syndrome”. He has to be an upgrade over Miller defensively at SS but where does Miller play now: a bit of DH, perhaps some 1st base and more of the bench???? supposedly one of the A ball players the rays got from the Giants is a SS who is one of their better prospects but he is currently in Augusta of the South Atlantic League which is low A, a tad below the Port Charlotte Stonecrabs so this kid is a few years away from contributing as is the second A ball player the rays got for Moore. Too bad the Rays could not net that backup catcher for Buster Posey who went from SF to Milwaukee for one of their relievers….

  3. Darth Ray-der Says:

    One of the Single A players received is 19 year old Lucious Fox. Supposed to be Carl Crawford fast. Good with the glove. Bat is lagging. Slap hitter. Make him use the “Bottle” bat. Worked for Hall of Famer Nellie Fox. Coincidence ? I think not.

  4. Miguel Grande Says:


    Thank God for football season!

  5. FortMyersDave Says:

    Yeah Darth I read up on that kid Fox and he has like 25 SBs at Augusta though he is only batting around 0.225. Obviously has a lot of speed and hopefully someone at Port Charlotte or Montgomery can help the kid get that average up. Rays may have found a good one but don’t hold your breath on him playing in tampa anytime soon. Heck Willy Adames is still a couple years away (now at AA Montgomery) and the rays acquired him 2 ****ing seasons ago so it looks the Rays are stocked with SS in the minors now…. BTW Fox was an international signing by the Giants even though he played ball at a high school in Delray beach. Bio says he was born in the Bahamas; don’t see too many ballplayers from Nassau or Freeport…..


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