Friday, March 8, 2013

Maddon: Rays Had Targeted Rubby De La Rosa

De La Rosa (L) And Webster (R)
The Boston Herald's Jon Tomase reports that the Tampa Bay Rays had their eyes on new Red Sox prospect Rubby De La Rosa before The Great Punto Trade was consummated. Rays manager Joe Maddon told Tomase, “Listen, I don’t like what they’ve done — I hate it. But I think they did really well.” De La Rosa has generally been impressive this Spring—featuring his near-100 MPH fastball and Johan Santana-like change-up. The other prospect in the trade—Allen Webster—has also made the organization's collective heart flutter. Webster has shown a blistering fastball as well and a decidedly non-Peggy Lee sinker. All in all, the Punto deal is looking better and better with each passing day. Except, of course, we don't have Nick Punto anymore.