"If I say I commit to winning, he's on my team for sure," rightfielder Jonny Gomes said. "I think everybody wearing a Tampa Bay hat and uniform wants that guy here. I don't think it's a good day on the players' end and for everybody in a uniform."
"I felt like I came in and did what I needed to do," he said. "They made the decision from up top. … Whether it was based on my performance, based on what they need, based on the business side of it, I don't know. It was made, and I'll accept it and handle it."
"A sad day around here though, huh?" veteran Cliff Floyd said. "It ain't always roses. We all know he had a great spring. It's just what the organization wanted to do. It's going to be tough though. I really liked the kid."