Hardball Talk "Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent Luke Scott has agreed to a contract with the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization. The financial details have not been disclosed, but it’s probably safe to assume that the deal comes with a hefty salary given that the KBO doesn’t..." December 19
Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
#Rays INF Tim Beckham to miss significant portion of '14 season after tearing ACL in right knee. Made it to majors end of last season.
Baseball America "No small-revenue team in any sport does more with less better than the Rays. The 2013 campaign proved that once again. Tampa Bay entered the season having made one major move over the winter, but they made it count. The Rays in December 2012 traded righthanders James Shields and Wade Davis..." December 13
Source: Loney to #Rays, three years, $21M, pending physical.
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
Sources: #Rays interested in free agent Juan Uribe. Would play mostly at first, some at second and also back up Longoria at third.
Tampa Bay Times "The four days of baseball's winter meetings turned out to be more talk than action for the Rays, but they headed back across Interstate 4 on Thursday confident there will be a payoff. Specifically, in terms of a first baseman, as executive vice president Andrew Friedman expects a resolution..." December 13
Tampa Tribune "The market for first basemen grew a little thinner Wednesday when the Seattle Mariners signed Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison. How that impacts the Rays remains to be seen and might be seen in short time. Andrew Friedman, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations, said..." December 12
word is, fernando rodney is looking for $10M per year for at least 2 yrs maybe 3. #mariners cant be excited about that price
Just saw David Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, in lobby. Asked if Price would consider extension with #Mariners. Said no. MORE
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "The Mariners took two first baseman off the board earlier today by agreeing to a deal with Corey Hart and acquiring Logan Morrison from the Marlins. Could Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis be the next domino to fall? While nothing appears to be imminent, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports..." December 11
CBSSports.com "The Marlins have, surprisingly, had a somewhat active winter thus far, and now they're taking a look at free agent Delmon Young, tweets Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Young, age 28, batted .260/.307/.407 with 11 homers in 103 games for the Phillies and Rays. For his career, he owns an OPS+..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
#rays are casting wide net in search for 1B types. another free agent who interests them is power bat mark reynolds.
CBSSports.com "Rays ace David Price may be on the move this offseason, as everyone who has been paying attention already knows. Obviously many teams have been mentioned as interested, as we're talking about a Cy Young winner still in his prime with two years left of club control. Three have emerged as the most..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays' search for a first baseman still seems focused on getting free agent James Loney to return, manager Joe Maddon making a personal pitch with a recent phone call. "He was very non-committal in his conversation," Maddon said. "He was very nice, very cordial, very good. But I think he's..." December 10
Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers have made the Tampa Bay Rays aware of their interest in David Price, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Although the Dodgers don’t plan to aggressively pursue Price, they told the Rays to keep them in mind if Tampa Bay intends..." December 09
#mariners targets include price, cruz, benoit, corey hart (gm jack z drafted him in milwaukee)
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Marlins now telling teams they WILL trade Logan Morrison shortly. One team that appears very interested is the Rays, to replace James Loney
Hardball Talk "You’re never too old to start learning how to play first base. Delmon Young, shockingly only 28 years old, has never played a single inning at first base in his entire professional baseball career, but he has been working out at the position lately in order to make himself more attractive as a..." December 08
Sam Fuld drawing interest not just from major-league clubs, but also a team in Japan.
Hardball Talk "First baseman James Loney had a career rebirth of sorts in 2013 with the Rays and the team would like to bring him back, but not at his current asking price, reports Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Loney is currently seeking a three-year, $27 million deal. If the Rays have to search for a..." December 08
Jesse Crain remains option for pen depending on his health. He could sign later in winter w someone after showing shoulder is good
MLB exec convinced Mariners' nest play is a David Price trade.
Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays officially announced Thursday the signing of Juan Carlos Oviedo, a right-hander who adds depth to the back of the bullpen in 2014 and could emerge as the closer. Oviedo signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract that can be worth as much as $2.9 million with..." December 06
Toronto Sun "David Price would look pretty good in a Blue Jays uniform, wouldn't he. Look good in a Seattle uniform, too. Look good in a Dodgers uniform, pretty snappy as an Angel, lovely in Rangers blue. Price, in fact, would look good in any uniform -- and that probably includes the Bishop Strachan..." December 06
Hardball Talk "The Legend of Sam Fuld, it appears, will live on. Fuld was non-tendered by the Rays earlier this week, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the 32-year-old outfielder has received “lots of interest” since hitting free agency. He’s only been on the market for a couple of days and is..." December 06
Yahoo! Sports "The David Price sweepstakes is expected to heat up later this week, multiple executives with interest in the left-handed ace told Yahoo Sports, as the Tampa Bay Rays begin to survey the market for the former Cy Young winner and consider whether to trade him. The Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles..." December 05
#Rays deal with Oviedo is official - $1.5-million, 1-year
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs bolstered the left side of their bullpen Wednesday night by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with free agent left-hander Wesley Wright. Wright, 28, was not tendered a contract Monday night by the Tampa Bay Rays. Wright posted a 3.69 ERA in 70 games with the Houston..." December 05
Kelly Johnson's deal with the Yankees may ultimately be worth between $3 million and $4 million, source says. @FOXSports1
#Rays are an unlikely fit for Ellis, at least at moment. Difficult to see how he could end up in Tampa Bay.
Source: James Loney started offseason seeking a four-year, $40M deal. Belief is he's now seeking something in the three-year, $27-30M range.
Clubs that have talked to #Pirates believe James Loney emerging as their top choice at 1B. Heard they've also asked on Adam Lind & Moreland
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays still need a first baseman, and team president Matt Silverman said this morning they are "hopeful" of re-signing free agent James Loney, who is also of considerable interest to the Pirates. "He's someone that we're interested in, and he knows that,'' Silverman said this morning on..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
New York Post "The Yankees are on the brink of signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract for between $2.75 million and $3 million, The Post has learned. Johnson’s primary position in the majors has been second base. So, he provides some insurance if Robinson Cano does leave. He is not considered a strong..." December 04
MLB.com "The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send reliever Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays. The Reds will receive left-hander David Holmberg from the D-backs, with Arizona receiving right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash..." December 04
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04