Rays Rumors & News

  • Rays’ Moore back to normal, feels good after rehabbing from surgery

    Tampa Tribune "Matt Moore will drive to Tropicana Field this morning and join teammates Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi in the right-field bullpen as the trio takes another step toward building arm strength in advance of spring training. The plan is for those in the Rays’ pitching rotation to throw off the..." February 12

  • Rays having advanced talks with free-agent RHP Tommy Hunter

    The Score "After trading away one of their top relievers for offense last month, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking to free agency for bullpen help. The Rays are reportedly involved in advanced talks with right-hander Tommy Hunter, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin notes that no deal..." February 12

  • Rays present keys to Habitat for Humanity home they helped build

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays manager Kevin Cash presents the keys to a new Habitat for Humanity home to Lakeba Wallace and her daughter on Thursday, with St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, team president Brian Auld and other club officials and mascot Raymond looking on. The Rays not only provided funding for..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred hopes to rule on MLB domestic violence cases by opening day

    Sporting News "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to make his rulings by opening day on three pending cases under baseball's new domestic violence policy. Manfred — in a recent Q&A with Harvard Law Today — discussed a wide range of topics, including pace of play, the DH and negotiations on a new collective..." February 11

  • Rays happy with roster, could still make moves to improve

    Tampa Bay Times "With two weeks until the opening of spring training, the Rays feel good about their roster, especially their depth and versatility. Assuming all key players make it through spring, the only thing they seemingly have to do by April is find a way to dispose of 1B James Loney, who is said to be in..." February 09

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #Rays are still bargain shopping. But barring a change of heart, Ian Desmond is a long shot. They don't want to give up draft pick.

  • Rays happy with roster, could still make moves to improve

    Tampa Bay Times "With two weeks until the opening of spring training, the Rays feel good about their roster, especially their depth and versatility. Assuming all key players make it through spring, the only thing they seemingly have to do by April is find a way to dispose of 1B James Loney, who is said to be in..." February 07

  • Diamondbacks, Rays among teams in on Tyler Clippard

    CBS Sports "From 2009-15, free agent right-hander Tyler Clippard was one of the best relievers in all of baseball. He posted a 2.68 ERA (147 ERA+) with a 3.52 FIP during that time while averaging 75 innings per season. Clippard was very effective and also a workhorse. And yet, Clippard remains unsigned..." February 06

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Smyly won his case, gets 3.75M

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Rays kick off MLB arbitration hearings with Drew Smyly

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays and lefty pitcher Drew Smyly argued baseball's first arbitration case Wednesday in Phoenix over a difference of $550,000. A three-member panel will to announce a decision today between the Rays' offer of $3.2 million for this season and Smyly's request for $3.75 million. Either way,..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Could the Royals be looking to acquire a Rays outfielder?

    Royals Review "Last week the Rays acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rockies for reliever Jake McGee and two other pitchers. The move was hailed as a good value move for the cost-conscious Rays, but it also gives them a bit of a crowded outfield. Dickerson will take over in left-field, at least against..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • McGee trade creates hole in Rays' setup role

    Tampa Bay Times "Trading for Corey Dickerson last week was the latest move in an offseason clearly designed to bolster the Rays' typically impuissant offense. But in giving up one of their top relievers, Jake McGee, to add the lefty slugger to what now is a crowded, if not overcrowded, lineup, the Rays created..." January 31

  • Rays believe Dickerson will still hit away from Coors Field

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman understands that hitting at Coors Field inflates offensive numbers, but that didn't concern him when trading for outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. "Coors is a great place to hit and it makes it that..." January 29

  • Rockies Trade Corey Dickerson to Rays

    The Score "The Colorado Rockies are reportedly close to trading outfielder Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays for left-handed reliever Jake McGee and minor leaguers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Dickerson was limited to 65 games last season due to plantar fasciitis. When healthy, the..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Deal is McGee and a minor-league pitcher to the #Rockies, Dickerson and a minor-league pitcher to the #Rays.

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: Rays do have interest in Ian Desmond, but parting with draft pick considered "huge obstacle" in getting deal done.

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Rays linked to trade talks for Rockies' Dickerson

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays may be interested in acquiring one of four outfielders from the surplus the Colorado Rockies currently possess. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Rays are being linked to Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson. After the Rockies signed outfielder Gerardo Parra to a..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    BREAKING: #Rays are close to signing Steve Pearce to a 1-year deal, just pending a physical. Would get DH at-bats, play 1B vs. LHP, some OF

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Free agent market may be working in Rays' favor

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays have spent much of the offseason talking trades, with the Cubs and Rockies among others, in an effort to add a hitter. But with a glut of players still on the free agent market and prices dropping as spring training nears, they are in position to at least explore some unexpected..." January 17

  • Rays close to signing Logan Forsythe to 2-year, $10.25 million extension

    MLB Daily Dish "The Rays are close to finalizing a 2-year, $10.25 million extension with infielder Logan Forsythe, according to major-league sources. The deal includes a club option for a third season, extending Tampa's control over the infielder by one season. The deal was first reported by Marc Topkin of the..." January 15

  • Rays' Desmond Jennings: Avoids arbitration by inking deal with Rays

    CBS Sports "Jennings (mouth) signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Rays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennings underwent oral surgery on an infected tooth, and missed the ending of the season as a result. " January 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    desmond jennings and rays settle at $3.3M

  • Rays granted permission to look for new stadium in Tampa Bay

    D-Rays Bay "After a 5-3 vote by the St. Petersburg City Council, the Tampa Bay Rays have been granted permission to search for a new stadium for the first time in franchise history. Under the proposal written by the team, the Rays search will be restricted to Tampa Bay and includes a termination clause of..." January 14

  • Rays Avoid Arbitration With McGee, Cobb, Guyer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have begun ticking through their long list of arb-eligible players in advance of Friday’s deadline to exchange filing figures. According to Jon Heyman, the “file-and-trial” organization struck deals to avoid a hearing with lefty reliever Jake McGee, righty Alex Cobb, and outfielder..." January 14

  • St. Pete city council to consider latest Rays stadium proposal today

    Tampa Tribune "The St. Petersburg City Council is expected to vote today on the latest proposal to allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore other possibile stadium sites in the region. The council meeting begins at 3 p.m. at city hall, 175 Fifth St. N. This is Mayor Rick Kriseman’s third attempt to gain..." January 14

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy

    Forbes.com "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

  • For Rays' Kevin Cash, the fairy tale returns home

    Tampa Bay Times "Kevin Cash has never been shy about asking why. If something happened in a baseball game that he didn't quite grasp, a strategic decision, a play that could have been made differently, he would raise the question. So what if he wasn't 10 years old yet, the coach he was quizzing was his..." December 29