Rays Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Steven Souza Jr. blames state of Athletics' field for hip injury

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is blaming the field conditions at the Oakland Athletics' O.co Coliseum for a left hip injury that knocked him out of Wednesday's game. "I went to slide, and it was extremely muddy around second base," Souza said after the Rays' 7-2 loss. "My leg..." July 20

  • Steven Souza Jr. blames Athletics' field state for hip injury

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is blaming the field conditions at the Oakland Athletics' O.co Coliseum for a left hip injury that knocked him out of Wednesday's game. "I went to slide, and it was extremely muddy around second base," Souza said after the Rays' 7-2 loss. "My leg..." July 20

  • Chaz Roe Traded to Rays

    CBS Sports "Roe was traded to the Rays on Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. He was recently outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster, and while the return has not been announced, the Rays will likely provide cash or a player to be named later. Roe, 30, has a career 4.16 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 104:49..." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Rays have a couple of lefty relievers on their radar at the deadline

    CBS Sports "Just two weeks from the trade deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays currently hold down the top AL wild-card spot and sit just three games back of the Red Sox in the AL East. Also, the only left-handed reliever currently on the roster is Adam Kolarek, who sports a 5.40 ERA in just six outings. We can..." July 17

  • Rays, Tigers Discussing Justin Wilson Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that while the Rays do indeed have interest in Wilson, the prospect price is currently a bit high for them. Tampa Bay is expressing interest in a number of relievers, though, he adds. 11:10am: The Rays have legitimate interest in Tigers lefty Justin..." July 17

  • Rays Interested In Hunter Strickland

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are showing interest in Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, having sent a scout to San Diego to watch the right-hander pitch this weekend, reports Chris Haft of MLB.com. At 49-43, a half-game up on the Yankees for the American League’s top wild-card spot and two games above the..." July 16

  • Colby Rasmus "Steps Away" From Baseball For Unannounced Reasons

    Deadspin "The Rays announced today that Colby Rasmus will “step away from baseball” and Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times reports Rasmus isn’t expected to return to the team this season. The team gave no explanation for Rasmus’s sudden departure, and said it would not be answering questions or..." July 13

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Rays Chris Archer to be named to AL All-Star team

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays RHP Chris Archer will be named to the AL All-Star roster today as one of several replacements for players voted in, marking his second All-Star selection. MLB will announce a series of adjustments to the rosters later this afternoon. An interesting twist is that Archer is starting..." July 07

  • Sanchez on Morrison's Home Run Derby dig: 'Not my fault he didn't get selected'

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, MLB announced the eight-player field for the 2017 Home Run Derby. Among the eight players are two hometown Marlins (Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour) and two young Yankees (Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez). It should be fun. But Rays first baseman Logan Morrison went up and in..." July 05

  • Rays Logan Morrison rips MLB invite to Yankees Gary Sanchez for HR derby field

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays 1B Logan Morrison criticized MLB's decision to include Yankees C Gary Sanchez in the All-Star Home Run Derby. "Gary shouldn't be there,'' Morrison said. "Gary's a great player, but he shouldn't be in the Home Run Derby.'' Morrison has a pretty good case to be included, with 24 homers..." July 05

  • Chris Archer got away from Cubs once; now they might look to bring him back

    Chicago Tribune "The man who could save the Cubs' season was sitting on the brick wall near the visitors' dugout at Wrigley Field, eschewing the on-deck circle while awaiting his fourth inning at-bat. "Just trying to rest," Chris Archer said matter-of-factly. When the time to bat arrived, the Rays starter..." July 05

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Rays manager Cash fractures ankle while jogging

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Cash suffered an extremely unfortunate injury, but it won’t stop him from doing his job as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Sunday morning, prior to the Rays’ series finale against the Orioles, Cash fractured his ankle while jogging. As Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times adds, Cash plans to..." July 02

  • Rays top pick McKay wins Golden Spikes Award

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Louisville's Brendan McKay added the most prestigious honor of all to his haul of national awards on Thursday night when he was named the winner of USA Baseball's 40th Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur player. McKay was honored during a presentation on..." June 30

  • Braves could trade for starter, Archer and Quintana top wish list

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are again interested in trading for a top-of-the-rotation caliber starting pitcher and have circled back to a couple of their targets from last winter: the Rays’ Chris Archer and White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. They also had scouts at Oakland’s Sonny Gray’s start Sunday. But the..." June 27

  • Marlins trade Hechavarria to Rays for prospects

    Miami Herald "The Marlins traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of fringe prospects on Monday as the first step in what could turn into a major roster rebuild for Miami. The trade, which had been rumored for days, came as no surprise. With rookie shortstop JT Riddle settling..." June 26

  • Adeiny talks active; Rays the front-runners

    MLB.com "The Marlins remain in discussions with multiple teams regarding Adeiny Hechavarria, but the Rays are believed to be the front-runners for the 28-year-old shortstop. According to sources, Miami is hoping to deal Hechavarria for one or perhaps two pitching prospects, and is seeking to get a deal..." June 26

  • Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

    Tampa Bay Times "C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos. Ramos, signed in December to a two-year, $12.5 million, has been out since late September after..." June 24

  • 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