Rays Rumors & News

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Rays trade Yates to Indians; Nava, Arencibia cut loose

    Fox Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays cleared space on their 40-man roster today by trading right-hander Kirby Yates to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday for cash considerations. The team also outrighted outfielder Daniel Nava and right-hander Brandon Gomes to the minors, and released catcher J.P...." November 25

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Report: Giants add former Rays prospect on minor league deal

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants won't need a shortstop for at least six years, but that didn't stop them from reportedly adding a former top prospect to their minor league system. According to Baseball America's Matt Eddy, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was among was among five players the team signed to minor league deals..." November 24

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Roster moves give Rays pitching depth to deal

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays spent a lot of time talking about the roster moves they made Friday, weighing the need to protect their top young arms from being taken in the Rule 5 draft with giving up some depth at the big-league level. By doing so, at the expense most notably of C J.P. Arencibia and RH reliever..." November 23

  • Source: Hot target Bruce has limited no-trade clause

    MLB.com "When the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline expired this past season, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce let out a big sigh of relief while sitting at his locker in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park. One thing that is certain this winter for Bruce is he will get to live that feeling of..." November 22

  • Rays designate Arencibia, Gomes, Nava for assignment

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Friday they've designated four players for assignment. Catcher J.P Arencibia, outfielder Daniel Nava, and right-handed pitchers Brandon Gomes and Kirby Yates have been removed from Tampa's 40-man roster. President of baseball operations Matthew Silverman said..." November 21

  • Rays claim Chase Whitley off waivers from Yankees

    Hardball Talk "Dropped from the 40-man roster by the Yankees, right-hander Chase Whitley has been claimed off waivers by the Rays. Whitley logged 95 innings for the Yankees during the past two seasons, posting a 5.02 ERA and 76/23 K/BB ratio split between the rotation and bullpen, but underwent Tommy John..." November 20

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #Dodgers, #Nationals and #Dbacks are among the teams interested in #Rays relievers Brad Boxberger/Jake McGee.

  • Rays may consider dealing another starter

    Tampa Bay Times "While the Rays didn't make any deals at last week's GM meetings, they did plenty of talking with other teams and agents behind closed doors. And there was plenty of chatter about them among execs from other teams, scouts and agents. Here are some of the more interesting things we heard: •..." November 15

  • Molina, Kiermaier awarded Platinum Gloves as top defenders

    The Score "A pair of leather-flashing heavyweights claimed baseball's highest defensive honors. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier were named Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners, acknowledging the top defensive players in their respective..." November 15

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards

    MLB.com "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors

    MLB.com "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network

    MLB.com "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Rays, Logan Forsythe mutually interested in extension

    MLB Daily Dish "The Rays and infielder Logan Forsythe have preliminary mutual interest in a contract extension, according to multiple industry sources. It is currently unclear if the sides have had any talks about a long-term deal. Forsythe, 28, is entering the arbitration process for the second time in his..." November 10

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • Mariners Make Six-Player Trade With Tampa Bay

    MLB.com "Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league..." November 06

  • MLB free agents 2015: Predicting top targets for each American League team

    Sporting News "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the end of one major league season sparks the life of the next. Baseball, like any sport, is predicated on its players. Each team comes with a rabid fan base anxiously awaiting what moves will be made during the offseason. This year, there are plenty of..." November 04

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • Erasmo Ramirez qualifies for arbitration eligibility as a Super Two

    Hardball Talk "In a column for the Tampa Bay Times, Marc Topkin notes that Rays pitcher Erasmo Ramirez has qualified for arbitration eligibility as a Super Two player. A player qualifies as a Super Two if he finishes among the top 22 percent among players with two to three years of service time. Ramirez, 25,..." November 01

  • Former No. 1 pick Matt Bush released from prison

    Tampa Bay Times "Former No. 1 pick - and Rays pitching prospect - Matt Bush was released from prison Friday. Bush, 29, has been incarcerated since the spring of 2012, most of it coming at Hamilton Correctional Institution in Jasper, Fla. It was the result of a no contest plea deal he made in Charlotte County..." November 01

  • Rays pitching coach Hickey gets new contract, signed through ’18

    Tampa Tribune "Pitching coach Jim Hickey and the Rays agreed to a three-year contract that will keep him with Tampa Bay through the 2018 season. The deal replaces Hickey’s contract that would have expired after the 2016 season. The Rays, keeping with their policy of not talking about the contracts of their..." October 28

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27

  • What would Jackie Robinson say about lack of minority managers in MLB?

    Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26

  • MLB considering disciplining playoff teams over on-field champagne celebrations

    Sporting News "MLB has message to teams that carry their postseason champagne celebrations onto the field to spray fans: Put a cork in it. According to ESPN, there could even be disciplinary action involved. First, there's the image of players, manager and coaches consuming alcohol on the field (never mind..." October 22

  • Could Evan Longoria become available in trade talks?

    MLB Daily Dish "The Angels will be looking for help at third base this winter due to David Freese's impending free agency, and could turn to the trade market in their search. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria would be "a perfect Angel" if Tampa Bay decides to make him..." October 20

  • Mariners interview Tampa Bay coach for managerial opening

    Tacoma News Tribune "Tampa Bay coach Charlie Montoyo interviewed Monday with the Mariners for their vacant managerial opening, according to a twitter post by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. There was no confirmation from the Mariners regarding the report, but multiple sources indicate Montoyo is on a list of..." October 20

  • Rob Manfred: MLB working on new slide rule

    New York Post "Major League Baseball continues to move forward on implementing a new rule on sliding to protect middle infielders, according to commissioner Rob Manfred. Such a rule could be in place for the 2016 season, much like the catcher collision rule, but there remains bridges to cross. Chase Utley was..." October 14

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Karns says late-season forearm tightness not an issue, won't impact offseason work at all

  • Rays go out with bang, rout Blue Jays to close 2016

    Tampa Tribune "Back in spring training, before the injuries piled up and rookies were asked to do more than their share of the heavy lifting, Kevin Kiermaier walked around the Rays clubhouse telling his teammates that the team that wasn’t expected to do much would surprise a lot of people. “I thought that was..." October 05

  • Beckham caps rally in 9th as Rays top Blue Jays 4-3

    Tampa Tribune "Manager Kevin Cash said earlier in the week that INF Tim Beckham has a flare for a dramatic, and Beckham proved that with a two-run single in the ninth inning Saturday to give the Rays a 4-3 victory against the Blue Jays. It was the Rays third walk-off win of the season and the first walk-off..." October 04

  • Buehrle two innings shy of 200 as Blue Jays beat Rays

    Toronto Star "The spotlight was on Mark Buehrle at Tropicana Field on Friday night as he attempted to reach 200 innings for the 15th consecutive season. Entering his final scheduled start, he needed 8 2/3 innings to become the first pitcher to reach 200 innings for 15 straight seasons since Gaylord Perry and..." October 03

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Marlins have spoken to #Rays director of player personnel Matt Arnold about a position in their front office.

  • Boxberger saves 40th game as Rays beat Marlins

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Brad Boxberger didn't know what to expect coming into this season. Logging 40 saves, and having a chance to lead the American League, was definitely not on the list. "It's just an honor I never could have thought of coming into this year," Boxberger said. "To be able to get the..." October 01

  • Baseball's culture clash: Vast majority of brawls involve differing ethnicities

    USA Today "A scene from the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse at Oakland's Coliseum last week neatly captured the blending of cultures that’s so prevalent in baseball. As Shin-Soo Choo highlights flashed on a TV screen, a group of seven Latin players sitting around a table – some born in the U.S., others abroad –..." October 01

  • Asdrubal Cabrera likely to cash in, but not with Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera would like to remain with the Rays. "I would love to stay here," he said. "I feel very comfy." More than a few Rays would like to see him come back. "I've already voiced my opinion," third baseman Evan Longoria said. "He's been awesome." But the reality is..." October 01

  • Moore turns in another fine outing as Rays top Miami

    Tampa Tribune "The back-to-back doubles to open the game that produced a run were nearly forgotten as Matt Moore sailed into the middle innings having retired 10 straight Marlins. If Tuesday was indeed his final start of the season, then Moore finished his season with this thought: “Very grateful to be back..." September 30

  • Donaldson's walk-off home run lifts Blue Jays

    Toronto Sun "If this was, indeed, Mark Buehrle’s last career start at the Rogers Centre, he went out the way he has pitched his entire career. He threw strikes, he worked quickly, he pitched to contact, took some lumps, made some key pitches and, most importantly, gave his team a chance to win. Which they..." September 28

  • MLB will allow iPads in dugouts with limitations

    Baseball Essential "In a world that is constantly seeing technology become more advanced with each passing day, it’s good to see sports leagues apply that technology during games and practices. The NFL was the first league to begin using tablets last season when they struck a $400 million deal with Microsoft to..." September 28

  • David Price wins again as Blue Jays bats batter Rays' Chris Archer

    Toronto Sun "Jose Bautista knew. But he really didn’t want to know. He arrived at the Blue Jays clubhouse Saturday morning thinking his team’s magic number for ending the longest active playoff drought in pro history sat at one. One Jays win or one Los Angeles Angels loss and the Jays would have reached..." September 27

  • Blue Jays looking at division crown with playoffs a near certainty after beating Rays

    Toronto Sun "With a playoff appearance a near certainty, the prize most coveted by the Jays is the AL East crown and not the lesser reward of a wild-card appearance, even if said game would be a home affair. However, to get to the top of the proverbial mountain, the Jays have the most onerous task in store..." September 26