Rays Rumors & News

  • Orioles interested in Cobb

    ESPN "After declining a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitcher Alex Cobb recently became a free agent and already is drawing interest from another AL East team. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles are eyeing the right-hander as they look to..." November 18

  • Report: Rays interested in Jose Bautista

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi reports that the Rays have interest in veteran free agent outfielder Jose Bautista. Morosi notes that the Rays spoke to Bautista last offseason before he eventually decided to re-sign with the Blue Jays. Bautista, 37, is coming off of a miserable 2017 campaign in which he hit..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • The Cardinals are reportedly in pursuit of a new closer

    CBS Sports "So far this offseason the Cardinals have been one of the teams most strongly linked to Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is very available and St. Louis needs a middle of the order bat, so the fit is obvious. A middle of the order power bat is not the only thing the Cardinals need this..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Red Sox show interest in Logan Morrison

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox' search for a power bat is off the ground right away. The Sox are meeting with reps for free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison on Monday at the first day of the general managers meetings in Orlando, a baseball source said. Morrison, entering his age-30 season, is coming off a..." November 15

  • Rays sign Vidal Nuno to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports that the Rays have signed pitcher Vidal Nuno to a minor league deal. Nuno, 30, made 12 relief appearances for the Orioles last season and did not fare well. He allowed 17 runs (all earned) on 23 hits and 10 walks with 13 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. " November 14

  • What not paying the luxury tax means for Cubs and Alex Cobb

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are not projected to pay the luxury tax this year after staying under Major League Baseball’s $195 million threshold, a source with knowledge of the team’s financials said Monday, a significant development as they chase high-profile free agents and reload for another World Series..." November 14

  • Rays To Sign Vidal Nuno

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have agreed to a minors pact with southpaw Vidal Nuno, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). Nuno took to the open market after having been outrighted by the Orioles in late August. Tampa Bay could allow the 30-year-old Nuno a chance to compete for a roster spot in..." November 08

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Rays Will Extend Qualifying Offer to Alex Cobb

    MLB Trade Rumors "In line with rumblings from earlier today, the Rays will extend a $17.4MM qualifying offer to right-hander Alex Cobb, Jon Heyman of FanRag tweets. Cobb ranks as the 11th-best free agent available on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agents list. As Heyman notes, the 30-year-old Cobb has only made $9MM thus..." November 06

  • Rays Brad Miller feeling better after core muscle repair surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays INF Brad Miller didn't have much to feel good about after a rough and injury-interrupted 2017 season. But he expects to be feeling better, and doing better, in 2018 after having core muscle surgery last month to address issues in his groins and lower abdominals. The team had not..." November 03

  • Rays pick up 2018 option on Nathan Eovaldi, reinstate four from 60-day DL

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays took care of the easy part of their off-season business on Thursday, picking up a $2-million option on RHP Nathan Eovaldi and reinstating him and three others from the 60-day DL. Eovaldi, 27, spent 2017 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, returning to make several rehab appearances..." November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Cubs’ new pitching coach may give team better shot at signing Rays pitcher

    Larry Brown Sports "With Jake Arrieta’s free agency looming, the Chicago Cubs may be positioning themselves to land another right-handed starter just in case. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that the Cubs are hiring ex-Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey to the same position. Jon..." October 28

  • Tampa Bay Rays look to leave St. Pete & Trop for new Ybor City ballpark

    WFLA "The Tampa Bay Rays are one step closer to moving to Tampa. It’s no secret that the Rays have wanted to move and even talked about several possible locations for a new ballpark in Hillsborough County, including Ybor City. Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan has been working with Rays..." October 26

  • 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