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2008 TAMPA BAY RAYS

+    Level: MLB
Location:  St. Petersburg,FL
Team Record:  97-65   .599
Result:   1st in American League - East Division
Manager(s):  Joe Maddon
General Manager:   Andrew Friedman
Stadium:  Tropicana Field
Attendance:  1,780,791
Payroll:  $43,820,597
Playoffs:  Lost World Series (Philadelphia)

Tampa Bay Rays affiliate history
Oldest Player:  Mike DiFelice (39)
Youngest Player:  Reid Brignac (22)
Longest Tenure:  Carl Crawford (7)
Top Hitter:  Carlos Pena (12)
Top Pitcher:  James Shields (4)
Top Draft Pick:  Tim Beckham (#1)

Roster Continuity:  61.67%
Top Prospect:   Evan Longoria
American League Standings
EastWLPctGB
Tampa Bay9765.599--
Boston9567.5862.0
NY Yankees8973.5498.0
Toronto8676.53111.0
Baltimore6893.42228.5

TEAM INFORMATION
Contract data is available from the mid 2000s until the present day. Shaded records are players who signed multi-year contracts. The list of contracts may not be complete. Visit the Data Store if you're interested in purchasing the contract data.
Player NameContract Signed byStartEndLengthValuePer YearContract Notes
Willy AybarTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 401,200 
Rocco BaldelliTampa Bay Rays200620083$ 9,000,000$ 3.00mClub options for 2009-2011 (declined)
Grant BalfourTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 500,000 Avoided arbitration
Jason BartlettTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 416,600 
Kurt BirkinsTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 397,600 
Chad BradfordBaltimore Orioles200720093$ 10,500,000$ 3.50m$0.5m signing bonus
Reid BrignacTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 Contract Purchased from minors
Andy CannizaroTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
Carl CrawfordTampa Bay Rays200520084$ 15,250,000$ 3.81mClub options for 2009 and 2010
Mike DiFeliceTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 Minor league contract
Scott DohmannTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
Cliff FloydTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 3,000,000 2009 Club option that was declined
Matt GarzaTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 404,600 
Gary GloverDetroit Tigers200820081$ 390,000 Minor League Contract
Jonny GomesTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 1,275,000 Avoided arbitration
Gabe GrossMilwaukee Brewers200820081$ 414,000 
Jason HammelTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 396,300 
Michel HernandezPittsburgh Pirates200820081$ 390,000 Minor league contract
Eric HinskeTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 800,000 Minor league contract
J.P. HowellTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 397,400 
Akinori IwamuraTampa Bay Rays200720093$ 7,700,000$ 2.57mClub option for 2010 ($4.25m)
Edwin JacksonTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 412,700 
John JasoTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchased from minors
Dan JohnsonTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
Elliot JohnsonTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
Scott KazmirTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 3,785,000 Avoided arbitration
Evan LongoriaTampa Bay Rays200820136$ 17,500,000$ 2.92mClub options for 2014-2016
Trever MillerTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 2,000,000 Club option for 2009 (Declined)
Dioner NavarroTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 412,500 
Jeff NiemannTampa Bay Rays200520095$ 5,500,000$ 1.10m$3.2m signing bonus
Carlos PenaTampa Bay Rays200820103$ 24,125,000$ 8.04m
Troy PercivalTampa Bay Rays200820092$ 8,000,000$ 4.00m
Fernando PerezTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
David PriceTampa Bay Rays200720126$ 8,500,000$ 1.42m$5.6m signing bonus
Al ReyesTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 2,300,000 Option exercised
Shawn RiggansTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 392,100 
Justin RuggianoTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
Jae-Kuk RyuTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
Juan SalasTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
James ShieldsTampa Bay Rays200820114$ 11,250,000$ 2.81mClub options for 2012-2014
Andy SonnanstineTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 395,800 
Mitch TalbotTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 390,000 
B.J. UptonTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 412,100 
Dan WheelerTampa Bay Rays200820103$ 10,500,000$ 3.50mClub option for 2011 ($4m). Avoided arbitration
Ben ZobristTampa Bay Rays200820081$ 395,000 



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