Rays Rumors & News

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies battle for Rays' Archer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's been a long time (2009 World Series? Cliff Lee's free agency?) since the Yankees and Phillies were truly battling for the same thing. That could change this summer. With the Yankees possibly looking for the missing piece to a World Series title and the Phillies likely in need of one..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies still after Alex Cobb?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies have spent more money on free agents than all but one (Cubs) team this offseason. So why not add one more expenditure on the bill? With mid-rotation starter Jerad Eickhoff down with a lat injury, some believe the Phillies should pursue free-agent starter Alex Cobb--a pitcher the..." March 19

  • Confused by Rays pitching plans? Well, it’s complicated

    Tampa Bay Times "There are some answers we do have about the Rays plan to use four starters and mix in "bullpen days" when needed during at least the first six weeks. They are not doing it because they don't have a capable fifth. Nor — for the Twitterverse smart alecks — that they can't afford one. And they..." March 19

  • Chris Archer to start Opening Day for Rays

    MLB.com "Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter, which should come as little surprise to Rays fans. Rays fans have been trained to associate Opening Day with Archer being on the mound. The 29-year-old right-hander will be making his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, setting a new..." March 16

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Yankees not interested in one-year deal with Cobb: sources

    New York Daily News "Despite a rapidly falling free-agent market, the Yankees aren't interested in a one-year deal with Alex Cobb, according to team sources. While the Bombers could add Cobb and still stay under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold, they aren't interested in sacrificing draft picks in order to..." March 12

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Rays' De Leon to undergo Tommy John surgery

    CBS Sports "De Leon was diagnosed with a torn UCL on Wednesday and will require Tommy John surgery, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Formerly highly touted as a pitching prospect, De Leon missed significant time last season due to a lat strain, forearm tightness and ultimately elbow tendinitis." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Old school? Or innovative? Rays eyeing four-man rotation for full season

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are planning more than just an early-season experiment with a four-man rotation. Manager Kevin Cash said today they are looking to stick with that plan for the full season – using four starters on a regular basis and filling in on the fifth day with the multi-inning relievers they..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Rays Doctor Fired After Sexual Abuse Allegation Avoids Criminal Charges

    Deadspin "Police will not seek charges against former Tampa Bay Rays physician Dr. Michael Reilly, who was fired in January after a former employee at his private practice came forward with allegations of sexual abuse. According to the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg Police could not establish probable..." March 06

  • Braves acquire Ryan Schimpf from Rays

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves picked up a power-hitting infielder on Monday, trading for Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ryan Schimpf. The Braves also announced that either a player to be named later or cash considerations will be heading back to Tampa Bay in the deal. Rounding out Monday’s slate, Braves..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Returning from second TJ surgery would be one impressive feat for Eovaldi

    Tampa Bay Times "There's no question what kind of physical shape Rays pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is in as he works his way back to the majors after a second Tommy John surgery. "He comes from the Nolan Ryan school of baseball – you run hard, you lift hard, you throw hard," Rays top starter Chris Archer said..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • MLB Rumors: 10 potential destinations for Rays ace Chris Archer

    Sporting News "Chris Archer is under contract for four more seasons. That fact has to be the starting point for any discussion about the potential of Chris Archer being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays. It doesn't matter whether the discussion is you and your friends talking about the hypothetical possibility or..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Royals Agree To Terms With Lucas Duda

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have struck a deal with free agent first baseman Lucas Duda, according to Robert Murray of Fan Rag (via Twitter). The deal, which is pending physical, promises Duda $3.5MM, per Fan Rag’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). It seems, then, that the veteran Duda will function as the replacement..." February 28

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Payday for Rays: Team working to nail down new deal with Fox

    Sports Business Daily "The Tampa Bay Rays are in discussions on a long-term extension with Fox Sports Net that will lock in the team’s local media rights for at least the next 16 years, sources say. The deal, which still has hurdles the two sides have to overcome, could be finalized before the start of the baseball..." February 26

  • MLB Rumors: Rays' Chris Archer for top Yankees prospects?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees and Chris Archer have been linked for years. From an AL East division rivalry to past trade rumors to Tampa Bay's new reality (retooling or tanking in 2018), the drumbeat won't stop drumming for an eventual deal that lands Archer in pinstripes. The latest: Yankees manager Aaron..." February 26

  • That guy standing by Cash in the dugout? All part of Rays’ plan

    Tampa Bay Times "For a moment Friday, it looked as if a young businessman, accountant or computer guy had won one of those charity auctions to spend a game in uniform in the Rays dugout. Actually, it was Rays analytics director Jonathan Erlichman, a Princeton grad with a mathematics degree, and the apropos..." February 25

  • Bautista interested in playing for Rays

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is in full swing and Jose Bautista remains without a team. The former Toronto Blue Jays star is preparing for the season as if he will be playing, and the Tampa Bay Rays are being mentioned as a potential match for him. The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin reported on Saturday that..." February 25

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Rays’ Brent Honeywell Diagnosed With Torn UCL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Tommy John surgery has been recommended for the promising 22-year-old. The diagnosis represents a worst-case scenario for the Rays..." February 23

  • Rays, Marlins disorder is unfair to fans and other small-market teams that are trying to win

    New York Daily News "The three-team trade that brought infielder Brandon Drury to the Yankees and sent Tampa Bay Rays favorite Steven Souza Jr. to Arizona has served to further emphasize the tale of two teams in the same city — one loading up, the other stripping down — and the looming, much bigger problem in baseball..." February 23

  • Pirates Acquire Corey Dickerson From Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash. Tampa Bay recently designated Dickerson, 28, for assignment in a move that came as a surprise to many. Dickerson posted..." February 22

  • Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell suffers an arm injury in spring training

    CBS Sports "The whirlwind spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays took another turn on Thursday, with top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell apparently injuring his throwing arm. The eyewitness account Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Honeywell has a forearm strain and will be further evaluated...." February 22

  • Rays To Sign Carlos Gomez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez (via Twitter). He’ll receive a $4MM if he passes a physical, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). The deal also includes presently unreported incentives. " February 21

  • Rays prospect Brent Honeywell unhappy with recent trade

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Rays continued their fire sale on Tuesday, sending outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Arizona Diamondbacks. At least one of their players is unhappy about it. Brent Honeywell — MLB.com’s 12th ranked prospect who will likely debut in 2018 — seemed a bit perplexed about the..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • The Rays are a disgrace

    Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Rays have taken a hacksaw to their roster and their payroll this offseason and have hacked away particularly aggressively over the past several days. Earlier this offseason they dealt face-of-the-franchise Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants. The timing on this was no..." February 21

  • Orioles' continued pursuit of lefty outfield bat leading them to Colby Rasmus

    Baltimore Sun "With the number of left-handed-hitting outfielders available on the free-agent market dwindling, the Orioles have turned their focus to a potential deal with veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to an industry source. The club had interest in Rasmus throughout the offseason, but there..." February 21

  • Rays Unlikely To Further Tear Down Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "The recent string of subtractions by the Rays — Jake Odorizzi, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza have all been moved in the past five days — has fans of other clubs hoping for a full rebuild and, thus, trades of Chris Archer, Alex Colome and/or Kevin Kiermaier. However, Tampa Bay GM Erik Neander..." February 21

  • Yankees, D-Backs, Rays Agree To Three-Team Trade; Souza To Arizona, Drury To New York

    MLB Trade Rumors "The D-backs are also sending left-hander Anthony Banda, one of their top overall prospects, to the Rays in the deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that minor league righty Taylor Weidner is going from Arizona to New York in the deal,..." February 20

  • Rays' Kiermaier 'very upset' with Dickerson DFA, Odorizzi trade

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier did not mince his words when asked about his team’s decision to part ways with a few notable players, saying that he is frustrated with the club’s moves. “I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset with the moves,” said Kiermaier in reference to..." February 19

  • Evan Longoria: “I just kind of feel sorry for the Rays fan base.”

    Hardball Talk "The Rays were busy over the weekend, trading starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, designating All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, and then picking up C.J. Cron in a deal with the Angels. The Rays saved about $4 million — Odorizzi’s $6.3 million less Cron’s $2.3 million salary — and..." February 18

  • Twins acquire RHP Jake Odorizzi from cash-strapped Rays

    Twin Cities "The Twins and the cash-strapped Tampa Bay Rays had plenty of trade conversations throughout the offseason. Saturday evening, all those cell minutes and text messages finally bore fruit. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who turns 28 just before Opening Day, will make the short drive from Port..." February 18

  • Rays Acquire C.J. Cron, Designate Corey Dickerson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, both teams annonuced. In a surprising corresponding move, Tampa also announced that outfielder Corey Dickerson has been designated for assignment to create roster space. Cron had been noted as a..." February 18

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Rays ace and top pitching prospect trade public jabs, have an interesting relationship

    CBS Sports "Brent Honeywell is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays farmhand is currently ranked no. 12 by MLB.com, who grades him as having four potentially average or better offerings, including a screwball that put him on the map in the first place. If it weren't for..." February 15

  • Jake Odorizzi Wins Arbitration Hearing

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jake Odorizzi won his arbitration hearing against the Rays and will be paid $6.3MM in 2018 as opposed to the $6.05MM figure submitted by the team, reports Marc Tokpin of the Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter). Odorizzi recently hired Excel Sports Management as his new representation after leaving CSE..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Rays outright Micah Johnson to Triple-A

    Yardbarker "Micah Johnson’s offseason odyssey has come to an end. The Rays announced today that the infielder has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Durham as a means of clearing a 40-man roster spot for the newly re-signed Sergio Romo. Once considered the second baseman of the future for..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13