Hardball Talk "In his latest “Daily Gammons” column, Peter Gammons suggests several GMs expect the Giants to make a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist. Zobrist can play a variety of positions, having logged at least 1,000 defensive innings at second base, right field, and shortstop over his nine-year career,..." December 27
Fox Sports "Surprisingly, relatively little has been written or said about the possibility of a Ben Zobrist trade. That should change soon. There’s a decent chance Zobrist will be traded between now and Opening Day, for a number of reasons: • The Tampa Bay Rays’ financial circumstances dictate that..." December 25
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
Hardball Talk "Health problems forced Rocco Baldelli into early retirement in his twenties, but he’s stayed in baseball working for the Rays’ in a front office role and now he’s back on the field as Tampa Bay’s new first base coach. Baldelli, who’s still just 33 years old, joins 37-year-old rookie manager..." December 19
should be big deal announced sometime soon, perhaps tonite. the wil myers, 11-plsyer, 3-team extravaganza is still a go.
Hardball Talk "A massive three-team, 11-player trade has officially been agreed upon between the Rays, Padres, and Nationals. Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and ESPN.com was first to post the entire breakdown … RAYS GET … Steven Souza, outfielder, from Nationals Travis Ott, pitcher, from Nationals Rene Rivera,..." December 18
Though #Rays are discussing several scenarios of bigger deals, can report that neither Zobrist nor Longoria are involved, so there's that.
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported last week that the Rays had received calls from “about a half-dozen teams” regarding the availability of young outfielder Wil Myers. And it appears the Tampa Bay front office was paying attention to those calls … According to FOX Sports’ Ken..." December 17
And #Rays announce Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday, will start year on DL
Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays today traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen. Jespen, 30, had a 2.63 ERA for the Angels in 2014 in 74 appearances, 65 of which were scoreless. Joyce, 30, a Tampa Bay area native, hit .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 140..." December 16
Hardball Talk "The Rays announced this afternoon that they have signed catcher Bobby Wilson, outfielder Corey Brown and infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez to minor league contracts. All three players received invitations to major league spring training, but figure to serve as minor league depth in..." December 13
Tampa Tribune "Rays manager Kevin Cash saw Evan Longoria play six times last year, not enough of a sample to form an opinion of what Longoria’s 2014 season looked like. But from what Cash has heard from his new bosses in the front office, he does know this: Longoria struggled. Why? “It sounded like he put..." December 11
Tampa Bay Times "Matt Joyce is the outfielder the Rays are most likely to trade. But Wil Myers is the outfielder that could bring the Rays the most in trade. About a half-dozen teams have called the Rays about Myers, the 2013 AL rookie of the year who had a disappointing and injury-interrupted 2014 season,..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
Hardball Talk "Rays owner Stuart Sternberg spoke with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times this morning in the wake of the news that the team had reached a deal allowing it to search for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County. The big takeaway: he’s selling the team if he can’t get a new ballpark in the Tampa..." December 09
#Rays most obvious need is a 2nd catcher (w/experience) to backup Hanigan, and Silverman said it is something they're “working to address.”
Sources: Kevin Cash will be the #Rays’ new manager.
Tampa Tribune "Raul Ibanez has withdrawn from the Tampa Bay Rays manager search, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team has yet to confirm the news but an announcement is expected later this afternoon. Ibanez was scheduled to interview today with the Rays’ front office. The Rays..." December 04
Fox Sports "David Price is gone. Joe Maddon is gone. Andrew Friedman is gone. The common perception is that the Rays, without their longtime ace, manager and GM, are headed for a fall. Only the Rays don’t see it that way. If anything, the Rays believe they could contend next season, just as they..." December 03
Fox Sports Arizona "New Diamondbacks right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is the first to admit that had he known bone chips were rattling around in his right elbow during the 2013 season, he would have sought a remedy. But he did not. So he kept pitching. The Midwestern work ethic probably played into. The fact that..." December 02
Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays tendered contracts to all six of their arbitration-eligible players Tuesday: Right-hander Alex Cobb, utility man Logan Forsythe, outfielder Desmond Jennings, outfielder Matt Joyce, reliever Jake McGee and left-hander Drew Smyly. The decisions were made before the non-tender..." December 02
Hardball Talk "In a move that presumably signals his retirement as a player, longtime big leaguer Carlos Pena has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst for the upcoming season. Pena was the 10th overall pick in the 1998 draft and played 14 seasons in the majors for eight different teams, including a brief..." December 01
Hardball Talk "At the end of yesterday’s column for the Tampa Bay Times, Mark Topkin suggests Logan Forsythe is likely to play some first base for the Rays at least during the spring next year. It’s a byproduct of the team designating Sean Rodriguez for assignment last week. Forsythe, who turns 28 in January,..." December 01
Tampa Tribune "Sean Rodriguez watched the past few weeks as a handful of familiar faces left the team while the Tampa Bay Rays front office retooled the roster and bolstered the farm system. “I figured there were going to be some more moves,” Rodriguez said. “But I didn’t think I would be one of..." November 27
#Rays sign RHP Ernesto Frieri to a 1-year major league contract and DFA inf Sean Rodriguez
Davey Martinez has decided to leave the Rays. #Rays
Another option for teams in need of SS: Yunel Escobar. #Rays will listen on anyone. Have alternatives at SS, including Zobrist.
#Rays have placed Jose Molina and Cole Figueroa on release waivers; assuming they clear Wednesday they will be officially released
Hardball Talk "Rays Triple-A pitching coach Neil Allen beat out longtime MLB pitching coach and former Twins reliever Carl Willis to become Minnesota’s new pitching coach. He joins first-year manager Paul Molitor’s new-look staff, which includes Tom Brunansky, Eddie Guardado, Gene Glynn, and Rudy Hernandez...." November 24
#Rays will bring each of the 3 finalists - Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu - in for interviews the week of Dec. 1, so no manager by Thanksgiving
Sources: #Rays have made Matt Joyce available on trade market and have had some talks with other clubs. He is comparable to Jay Bruce.
ESPN Los Angeles "The Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Joel Peralta and minor league left-hander Adam Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night in exchange for young right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. The move was the first major league trade under new Dodgers president of baseball..." November 22
BREAKING: #Rays managerial finalists are Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. Bench coach Dave Martinez is out.
#Brewers keep one of their best assets: Special asst. to GM Craig Counsell is no longer in consideration for Tampa manager job.
#Rays will DFA C Jose Molina tonight as they clear roster space. Is signed for $2.75M for 2015.
Tampa Bay Times "The former manager of the Rays is just as curious as the rest of us to see whom the next manager of the Rays will be. Joe Maddon has been impressed by the 10-man field of candidates the Rays came up with to replace him. "They've created a wonderful list, they really have," Maddon said...." November 16
ESPN.com "The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays. The trade, announced Friday night, is the first major move by new Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart. The Diamondbacks sent Tampa Bay two minor league prospects, infielder Andrew Velazquez and..." November 16
#Rays today interviewed Barry Larkin, completing first round.
#Rays LHP Beliveau removed from game after 1 1/3 IP in Japan, team checking if injured or precautionary. Was shown stretching left side.
Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays receive fresh talent, and Jeremy Hellickson enjoys a fresh start. The Rays receive names that include promise, and Hellickson enjoys the promise of a new beginning. Both parties receive what they need, and each side can enjoy another possibility. The trade Friday night..." November 15
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
Tampa Tribune "The city and the Tampa Bay Rays are close to a deal to let the baseball team explore alternative stadium sites across Tampa Bay, according to city council Chairman Bill Dudley. Details of the proposal remain confidential, but it would give the Rays 18 months to look for a new home and would..." November 12
#Rays are moving closer to dealing Jeremy Hellickson to an NL team. Likely this week
#Rays continued managerial interviews today, talking with Dave Martinez and Manny Acta.