Rays Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Rays Will Listen To Offers For Chris Archer, Alex Colome

    Real GM Baseball "The starting rotation is expected to look different for the Tampa Bay Rays next season. "There seems to be an assumption that Jake Odorizzi will be dealt, and they'll at least listen, as usual, on Chris Archer," writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. In addition, Alex Cobb will be..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Chris Archer Says Teammates' Feedback Prevents Him From Protesting

    Deadspin "Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel for the national anthem over the weekend. Maxwell, whose father served in the Army, explained that his demonstration had nothing to do with disrespecting the military. On Sunday, Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, one of 62..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Alex Cobb not ready to contemplate likely end to Rays career

    Tampa Bay Times "Alex Cobb isn't ready to look ahead to the past just yet. Despite what he said to the cameras, Cobb was well aware that Saturday's start against the Red Sox most likely would be his last at the Trop in a Rays uniform. With two weeks still to play before the end of his final season before..." September 17

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Rays' Souza Jr. helped off field with knee injury

    CBS Sports "Souza was unable to leave the field under his own power after he crashed into the wall trying to make a catch in foul territory in right field during Friday's game against the Red Sox, Fox Sports Florida reports. The Rays have not yet made an update on his status, but it looked like Souza was..." September 09

  • MLB Rejects Montreal's Offer to Host Yankees-Rays Series

    12 Up "The Expos haven't played a regular season contest since 2004, but that doesn't mean that Montreal doesn't want baseball back. And their work as good samaritans, with a hurricane bearing down on a baseball-hosting chunk of the United States, seems like a perfect way to make it happen, at least..." September 08

  • Next week’s Yankees-Rays series will be played at Citi Field

    Hardball Talk "Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that next week’s series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays has been moved from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to Citi Field in New York due to Hurricane Irma. Ken Rosenthal reports that the original intention was to move it to Baltimore..." September 08

  • Rays host smallest crowd in Tropicana Field history

    Fanrag Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays are well-known for drawing small crowds at Tropicana Field, but with a storm brewing in September of a mediocre season, they just had their smallest ever. Only 6,509 showed up to see the Rays take on the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. The Rays won the game, 2-1, to bring..." September 06

  • Rays making contingency plans as Hurricane Irma approaches

    Tampa Bay Times "Like most across the Tampa Bay area, Rays players and staff are concerned about what might happen this weekend with Hurricane Irma. "I'm pretty (much) kind of panicking about it; I don't know what to do," centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. "A lot of things can happen with its path and all..." September 06

  • Rays doctor confirms Chris Archer has no structural damage in arm

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer has no structural damage in his pitching arm and will be re-examined after playing catch Tuesday. Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that team surgeon Dr. Koco Eaton confirmed the original diagnosis of lateral forearm tightness after examining Archer on..." September 05

  • Rays To Select Contract Of Trevor Plouffe

    MLB Trade Rumors "Shortly after being designated for assignment and outrighted off the 40-man roster, Trevor Plouffe is set to rejoin the Rays, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Tampa Bay will bring the veteran back to the Majors as a depth option with expanded September rosters now in place...." September 04

  • Rays' Archer leaves game with forearm tightness after giving up 2 HRs

    Sporting News "Rays ace Chris Archer was pulled in the first inning Saturday due to lateral forearm tightness in his pitching arm. Archer allowed a home run to the first two White Sox batters he faced before giving way to Austin Pruitt because of the discomfort in his arm. Archer, 28, has logged heavy..." September 03

  • Rays' manager Kevin Cash will return for a fourth season

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are playing for a lot as they head into the final month of the season. Most important, beyond the usual individual milestones and contract boosts, is an entry, even if it's as the second wild card, into the American League playoffs field. But one thing not in play — nor in question —..." August 30

  • Rays ink Danny Espinosa

    CBS Sports "Espinosa was signed by the Rays prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Espinosa will provide versatility in the infield for Tampa Bay as he can help out at several positions off the bench with his new club." August 25

  • Rays Designate Trevor Plouffe For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated corner infielder Trevor Plouffe for assignment, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Plouffe’s roster spot will go to righty Andrew Kittredge tomorrow, though that’ll be just a one-day placeholder move until Alex Cobb is activated to start Thursday’s..." August 23

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Kiermaier coming off DL, returning to Rays

    MLB.com "After missing over two months, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is ready to return to the Rays. Manager Kevin Cash told MLB Network Radio on Friday that Kiermaier will return to the lineup for Tampa Bay's series opener against the Mariners at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Rays' Gold Glove..." August 18

  • Evan Longoria Leaves Game vs. Indians Due to Thumb Injury

    Bleacher Report "As the Tampa Bay Rays look to keep pace in the American League wild-card hunt, an injury to Evan Longoria's thumb will only add to their hitting woes. The Rays announced that Longoria left Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a thumb contusion, adding that X-rays were..." August 12

  • Jake Odorizzi expects to make next start despite being hit

    Yardbarker "Jake Odorizzi is expecting to be able to make his next start despite leaving his outing Wednesday after being drilled in the foot by a line drive. The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher was drilled in the fifth inning by a comebacker and left the start against the Red Sox. Odorizzi left the game after..." August 11

  • Rays' Odorizzi leaves game after taking line drive to foot

    Bleacher Report "Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi suffered a foot injury Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox during his first start since coming off the disabled list. Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com noted Odorizzi's X-rays were negative and deemed the setback a right foot contusion. It "looked a..." August 10

  • Rays activate Jake Odorizzi from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Rays announced on Wednesday that pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. He’ll square off against Rick Porcello in Wednesday night’s home game against the Red Sox. Odorizzi, 27, was placed on the disabled list on July 26 with a lower back strain. He’ll pick..." August 09

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • Rays place Cobb on DL with turf toe

    CBS Sports "Cobb was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with turf toe in his right big toe. It's not entirely clear when the injury cropped up on Cobb as he threw six innings of one-run ball during his last outing, but the issue is serious enough to warrant a stay on the DL." August 08

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Rays trade Tim Beckham to the Orioles

    Hardball Talk "The Rays have traded infielder Tim Beckham to the Orioles in exhchange for Minor league right-hander Tobias Myers. Beckham was the number one overall pick in the 2008 draft but he has never lived up to the potential the Rays saw in him all those years ago." July 31

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Rays Trade for Mariners Reliever Steve Cishek

    SI "The Rays have continued their busy week on the trade market, acquiring Mariners reliever Steve Cishek in exchange for swingman Erasmo Ramirez, according to multiple reports. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi first reported a deal was close. This is the third trade Tampa has made since Thursday morning...." July 28

  • Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the..." July 27

  • White Sox trade lefty Dan Jennings to Rays for prospect

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox fire sale continued Thursday with yet another trade, this one sending left-handed reliever Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays for first base prospect Casey Gillaspie. Jennings has pitched to a 3.45 ERA over 44 innings in his third season with the Sox. He owns a 2.86 ERA over six..." July 27

  • Rays starter Jake Odorizzi to DL with back issue

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays placed pitcher Jake Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a lower back strain. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, meaning Odorizzi will not be eligible to be activated until after Monday's non-waiver trade deadline. Odorizzi, 27, is 6-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 18..." July 26

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Wilson Ramos suffers head injury on Ruben Tejada’s backswing

    Hardball Talk "Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his..." July 25

  • Sergio Romo Traded from Dodgers to Rays for PTBNL or Cash

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Saturday that they traded reliever Sergio Romo and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Romo, 34, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday. Romo signed a one-year, $3 million contract..." July 23

  • Rays among teams showing interest in Marlins' Ramos

    Scout "The Tampa Bay Rays know they are inching closer toward the American League East's top spot, currently occupied by the Boston Red Sox. With the homestretch in front of the them, the Rays have been linked to interest in Marlins' reliever A.J. Ramos, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag..." July 21