Rays Rumors & News

  • Rays DFA Michael Martinez to make room for Trevor Plouffe

    Hardball Talk "In case you missed it over the weekend, the Rays acquired infielder Trevor Plouffe from the Athletics on Saturday and will be sending a player to be named later or cash considerations back west. To make room for him on the roster, Tampa Bay just DFA’d utilityman Michael Martinez for..." June 19

  • Trevor Plouffe traded to Rays two days after being designated for assignment by A's

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays added some right-handed punch to their roster Saturday, acquiring infielder Trevor Plouffe from the Oakland Athletics. The trade was announced less than two days after the Athletics designated Plouffe for assignment. Oakland will receive either a player to be named later or..." June 17

  • Rays expected to break signing-bonus record for McKay

    The Big Lead "The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly set to break the draft-pool era signing bonus record when they finally come to terms with Louisville slugger Brendan McKay. The Rays selected McKay with the fourth pick in the draft earlier this week, and when his college season finally ends, the left handed first..." June 17

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • With Matt Andriese likely out into August, Rays summon Jake Faria for Tuesday start

    Tampa Bay Times "Rookie RHP Jake Faria has been called up and will start Tuesday in Toronto after the Rays learned RHP Matt Andriese will be out likely into August with a hip issue. Andriese left Saturday's game with what the team said was a re-straining of his groin, but further exam showed what they said is a..." June 13

  • Woman accusing Derek Norris of domestic violence to meet with MLB next week

    Tampa Bay Times "Kristen Eck, who made the allegations of physical and emotional abuse by Rays C Derek Norris, told the Times she will meet with MLB investigators on Tuesday. That meeting will be a key step in the MLB process to determine if Norris will be disciplined and/or suspended under MLB's domestic..." June 09

  • Kevin Kiermaier Out At Least Two Months Due To Hip Fracture

    MLB Trade Rumors "Topkin further elaborates that Kiermaier suffered a hairline fracture in the hip and will need to allow six to eight weeks for the injury to heal before he even begins ramping back up to playing condition. Smith is “going to get his chance” to play on a regular basis, according to manager Kevin..." June 09

  • Rays' Norris tells Times abuse allegations untrue, will cooperate with MLB investigation

    Tampa Bay Times "Major League Baseball is investigating allegations that Rays C Derek Norris "physically and emotionally abused" his former fiancee. Norris, in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times sent via his agent, said the allegations "could not be further from the truth:" "First, I want to be absolutely..." June 07

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • MLB investigating abuse allegations leveled against Rays' Derek Norris by ex-fiancée

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is investigating allegations by Derek Norris' former fiancée that the Tampa Bay Rays catcher "physically and mentally abused'' her during their relationship, league spokesman Pat Courtney told ESPN.com on Tuesday night. Kristen Eck made the charges in an Instagram post in..." June 07

  • Rays' Jacob Faria: Called up to start Wednesday

    CBS Sports "Faria was called up from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday and is expected to start Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This fits with plans to add a starter this week to account for Saturday's doubleheader. The 23-year-old righty has always missed a..." June 06

  • Rays, Twins looking into Sam Dyson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers anticipate being able to find a trade partner for just-designated reliever Sam Dyson, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes. The alternative, of course, would be to place Dyson on waivers and wait to see if he clears. There are at least two teams said to be looking into the..." June 03

  • Close races abound in AL All-Star voting

    MLB.com "The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned. On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League..." May 31

  • Rays' Chris Archer sees little benefit to scheduled doubleheader

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays officials from principal owner Stuart Sternberg down are excited about the single-admission doubleheader they scheduled for June 10 as a novel and retro experience, including a between-games banner parade. But player rep Chris Archer said Saturday that he is not happy about the decision,..." May 28

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Rays Acquire Michael Martinez, Place Brad Miller On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez from the Indians in exchange for cash or a player to be named later and placed fellow infielder Brad Miller on the 10-day disabled list due to a left abdominal strain. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Martinez, Tampa Bay..." May 18

  • Indians secure 8-7 win over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Three of the Cleveland Indians' best pitchers had uncharacteristically poor outings, but two home runs provided by their hitters led the way to an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Progressive Field. Lonnie Chisenhall and Francisco Lindor hit home runs on a..." May 16

  • Rays hit 5 homers in win vs. Indians

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians' pitchers have allowed the fewest home runs in the American League, but Tuesday night at Progressive Field, they allowed the most long balls in a homer-filled game. The Tampa Bay Rays belted five home runs, two by Corey Dickerson, in a 6-4 victory over the..." May 16

  • Terry Francona trolls Rays manager Kevin Cash by posting stats on jumbotron

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays will play the first game of a three-game series at Progressive Field on Monday. The Indians are in second place in the AL Central at 19-17. The Rays, meanwhile, are in fourth place in the AL East at 19-21. Indians manager Terry Francona and Rays manager..." May 15

  • The Rays demote one of their most promising young starters to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "Over the last decade or so, the Tampa Bay Rays have established themselves as one of the best pitching development organizations in baseball. First came Scott Kazmir, then James Shields, then David Price, then Alex Cobb, then Chris Archer. There have been others along the way too, like Matt Garza..." May 14

  • Sale, Red Sox survive Rays' HRs

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Chris Sale took the Fenway Park mound Saturday with his new team in danger of falling back to the .500 mark for the first time since being 5-5. A loss would have meant the Boston Red Sox would be 18-18 -- and .500 after 36 games looks like a lot worse than after only 10. Sale..." May 13

  • Rays hold off late Red Sox comeback

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Alex Cobb set the tone with six one-hit innings for the Tampa Bay Rays, and the bullpen took it from there. Jose Alvarado, Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Farquhar and Alex Colome combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings after Cobb gave up four in the seventh to lift the Rays to a 5-4 win over..." May 12

  • Vargas remains hot, pitches Royals past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Vargas kept Tampa Bay hitters off-balance and Alex Gordon enjoyed the view from his new spot in center field. Vargas pitched seven innings and allowed three hits to help lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon...." May 11

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Rays Wilson Ramos "excited" by progress, eyeing late May rehab assignment

    Tampa Bay Times "Wilson Ramos is "very excited" about his progress in recovering from right knee surgery and tentatively targeting starting a minor-league rehab assignment by the end of this month and returning to the majors in late June. In addition to running and hitting, Ramos has begun doing some work..." May 11

  • Moustakas completes Royals' comeback vs. Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After more than four hours and a combined 15 pitchers, Mike Moustakas homered with one out in the top of the 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a four-run deficit and recorded a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Moustakas gave the..." May 10

  • Rays, Archer cruise to 12-1 victory over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After two of their most frustrating losses of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays bounced back with one of their best wins. Chris Archer threw eight shutout innings, and the Rays cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Tropicana..." May 10

  • Royals get rare road win, defeat mistake-prone Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, -- The Kansas City Royals have the worst road record in baseball, but the Tampa Bay Rays were much worse Monday night, committing a season-high four errors as Kansas City cruised to a 7-3 win at Tropicana Field. The Royals (11-20) got just their third road win of 2017 --..." May 08

  • Barney's blast lifts Blue Jays over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Bullpen day turned into a 2-1 win for Toronto on Sunday as five relievers combined to throw a three-hitter, and Darwin Barney hit an eighth-inning home run for the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. "The whole bullpen did a hell of a job," said Jays manager John Gibbons,..." May 07

  • Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier to undergo x-rays

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a sore right hand following being hit by a pitch by Blue Jays starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. Outfielder Colby Rasmus pinch-hit for Kiermaier in the bottom of the sixth inning, who will now..." May 06

  • Kevin Kiermaier upset about pitch that hit him

    Tampa Bay Times "Kevin Kiermaier was not too pleased to be drilled on his right hand by a fastball during the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays and not because it forced him out of the game at a time when he’s starting feel like himself at the plate. Kiermaier, who has four hits in his last 47..." May 06

  • Odorizzi, Rays shut down Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto manager John Gibbons has known Tampa Bay pitcher Jake Odorizzi since they were in the Kansas City Royals system together six years ago, so he's not surprised by how well he pitched Saturday in leading the Rays to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays at Tropicana..." May 06

  • Beckham's two homers lead Rays past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays won Florida's "Citrus Series" against the Miami Marlins for the season, cruising to a 5-1 win Thursday night at Tropicana Field to take three of four games from their in-state rivals. The Rays (15-15) got seven shutout innings from starter Matt..." May 05

  • Morales homers twice, Blue Jays rally past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kendrys Morales does something the rest of his teammates with the Toronto Blue Jays struggle to do -- get hits off Chris Archer. Morales went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs to lift the Blue Jays to an 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at..." May 05

  • Sixth-inning uprising boosts Marlins past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Miami Marlins got seven straight hits to open the sixth inning, rallying against the Tampa Bay Rays' injury-depleted bullpen for a 10-6 win Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. "It was good for us to be able to jump on that reliever today," Marlins manager Don..." May 04

  • Cobb pitches Rays past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- It was a blistering night at Marlins Park. Both starting pitchers -- Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays and Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins -- dealt with finger blisters but with wildly different results. Logan Morrison homered against his former team, and Cobb pitched six..." May 03

  • Odorizzi returns, helps Rays beat Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The slide was legal and that -- ultimately -- meant victory for the Tampa Bay Rays. Jake Odorizzi came off the disabled list to pitch five effective innings and the bullpen went four scoreless innings as Tampa Bay beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Monday night at Marlins Park...." May 02

  • Rays Activate Colby Rasmus, Designate Shane Peterson For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have activated outfielder Colby Rasmus from the disabled list and designated fellow outfielder Shane Peterson for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). The 30-year-old Rasmus inked a one-year, $5MM..." May 02

  • Rays' Evan Longoria hobbled by sore foot during hitting slump

    Sporting News "Evan Longoria may be dealing with a similar foot injury that hampered him during the 2013 season. The Rays' star third baseman revealed Monday he's been playing through discomfort in his left foot, similar to the plantar fasciitis issue he suffered through in his right foot four seasons ago...." May 02

  • MLB officials reviewing Archer-Bautista incident

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball officials are reportedly reviewing the controversial incident in which Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista on Sunday. Archer, who got the start for the Tampa Bay Rays in the final game of a three-game series versus the Toronto Blue Jays, sent a pitch flying behind..." May 01

  • Jays rally late to top Rays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- What began as the return of Aaron Sanchez turned out to be a day of redemption for the Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. By winning the rubber match of the three-game series, the Blue Jays won a series for the first time this season and it was the..." April 30

  • Blue Jays manager Gibbons calls for suspension of Rays’ Archer

    Sportsnet "John Gibbons doesn’t like when his star players are targeted by the other teams’ pitchers. During the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays, starting pitcher Chris Archer threw a first-pitch fastball behind the back of slugger Jose..." April 30

  • Smoak homers as Blue Jays end 3-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The big hits and right times have been elusive for the Toronto Blue Jays during their April drought. The Blue Jays got a couple Saturday afternoon in their 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Russell Martin delivered an RBI double in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak's two-run..." April 29

  • Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

    Hardball Talk "The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook. Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016,..." April 29

  • Rays bury Blue Jays with late HRs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays had been held under control by Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman all night. Suddenly, the power switch went on for the Rays in the eighth inning. They clubbed three home runs against three pitchers in that inning, capped by Logan Morrison's two-run blast,..." April 28

  • Must-read: A profile on former Rays prospect Brandon Martin, currently in jail for alleged murders of three men

    Los Angeles Times "Paul Gamache saw the first body when the Corona police sergeant stepped into the two-story house with pink and yellow flowers decorating the front porch and views of the Santa Ana Mountains. So much blood coated the man sprawled on the carpet and tile in the living room that the officer..." April 28

  • Bases-loaded walk in 11th pushes Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles took an early three-run lead, could not hold it, fell behind in the 11th inning and then rallied to pull out a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Seth Smith drew a bases-loaded walk off Danny Farquhar with two outs in the bottom of the..." April 27

  • Jones' perfect night carries Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have hit Chris Archer pretty well during his young career. They did it again Monday night, but it just took a little longer to get to the right-hander. Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and capped the perfect night with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh..." April 25

  • Rays shut down Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- A couple of rainy days in Baltimore forced Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash to make some tough decisions. Luckily, he has a strong corps of relievers fully prepared to improvise. After starter Erasmo Ramirez was a late scratch, the Rays used five pitchers and limited the..." April 25