Rays Rumors & News

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rays' Chris Archer to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees lost out on the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, but that doesn't mean the pursuit of an impact young arm is over. During the Yankees-Cole rumors bonanza, New York was linked to several other young, controllable starters such as Detroit's Michael Fulmer, Arizona's Patrick Corbin and Tampa..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Mets reportedly considering reunion with Lucas Duda

    SNY TV "The Mets are considering a reunion with free agent 1B Lucas Duda, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Duda, 31, was traded by the Mets to the Rays last July 27 in exchange for RH reliever Drew Smith. He hit .217/.322/.496 with 30 HR in 126 games last season with the Mets and Rays For..." January 12

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Chris Archer leads list of 'high-end' starters Astros should pursue

    Sporting News "The Astros want to add another high-end pitcher to their rotation. We know this because the team's owner, Jim Crane, told everyone the reigning World Series champions are looking for another high-end starting pitcher. That's about as open and honest of an admission as you'll ever see from a..." January 09

  • More dots connecting Phillies to Alex Cobb

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the hot stove remains as cold as it has ever been this deep into an offseason, insiders have begun to play matchmaker to line up players with potential suitors. For the second time in less than a week, one common theme emerged: Alex Cobb to the Phillies. Last week, ESPN deemed..." January 09

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Denard Span excited to play for hometown Rays — if they keep him

    Tampa Bay Times "Wednesday’s trade that brought him from the Giants to the Rays did catch Denard Span by surprise, but it was one he welcomed since playing for his hometown team is something the Tampa native always hoped could happen. "I always thought it would be cool to play here during the latter part of my..." December 24

  • Evan Longoria thanks Rays with full-page ad

    Sportsnaut "Probably the greatest player in Tampa Bay Rays history, Evan Longoria was traded to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. On Saturday, Longoria took out an advertisement in the Tampa Bay Times to thank the organization and its fans. Indeed. Longoria has never known another MLB franchise. He..." December 23

  • Buyer's guide to a potential Rays sell-off following Longoria trade

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays traded third baseman and franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo, and two pitching prospects. Money also changed hands, as it is wont to do. Having shipped their sacred cow out west,..." December 21

  • Rays may look to flip Denard Span

    SNY TV "The buzz in baseball indicates Tampa will look to flip Denard Span, who they acquired Wednesday from the Giants for 3B Evan Longoria. They Rays are also expected to continue talking with teams interested in acquiring C Wilson Ramos, ace RHP Chris Archer, and closer Alex Colome. The Mets..." December 21

  • Rays trade franchise cornerstone Longoria to Giants

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays have said so long to Evan Longoria. Longoria, the greatest player in franchise history, was traded Wednesday to the San Francisco Giants. Longoria, 32, has been the face of the Rays for nearly a decade, a 2006 first round pick who reached the majors in April 2008 and quickly..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Report: Giants have 'keen' interest in Evan Longoria

    MLB Trade Rumors "Over the weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Giants had some level of interest in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, and following up on that report, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Giants have “keen interest” in swinging a deal for the Tampa Bay cornerstone...." December 18

  • Several execs believe Longoria will be traded before April

    Tampa Bay Times "There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings. Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome, 3B Evan Longoria, starters Chris Archer and/or Jake Odorizzi..." December 17

  • Cubs agree to terms with former closer Steve Cishek

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs nabbed another late-inning reliever on the way out of the Winter Meetings Thursday, having agreed to a multiyear contract with former Marlins and Mariners closer Steve Cishek, sources said. Cishek, 31, had a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances as a setup man for Seattle and the Rays last..." December 14

  • Rays Acquire International Pool Space From Mariners For Anthony Misiewicz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays and Mariners have lined up on a trade that will send international bonus pool spending availability to Tampa Bay. In exchange, the Seattle organization will receive young lefty Anthony Misiewicz. For the Rays, the swap will bring in some funds that appear to be earmarked for youngster..." December 13

  • Is Alex Colome telling us something about Rays’ plans with his Instagram account?

    Tampa Bay Times "So, Colome says he was just using good social media manners, tweeting (at 4:15) this morning: "I keep getting nice messages and tags from those accounts, so I gave them a follow" And, keeping his emoji game strong, adding one with arms up as he if doesn't know what's going on. DEVELOPING:..." December 13

  • Indians reportedly interested in Logan Morrison as backup plan

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians have Logan Morrison on their radar as a backup plan, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal shares that the Indians are thinking about Morrison in case they are unable to re-sign first baseman Carlos Santana." December 13

  • Rays acquire Ryan Schimpf from the Padres

    Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the San Diego Padres for infielder Deion Tansel. This is about as minor a deal as there can be, but we’ll take what we can get at a slow Winter Meetings. But it may have at least some minor connection to bigger deals, both completed..." December 12

  • Rays listening to trade offers on Archer, Longoria, Colome

    CBS Sports "Given that it's Tuesday of Winter Meetings week, we're deep into MLB transaction rumors and those are fun. We need to keep in mind differences in wording on these rumors, too, such as "shopping" vs. "listening." Absent examples like the Angels and Mike Trout, teams should pretty much always..." December 12

  • Rays Getting Numerous Calls About Chris Archer

    Real GM Baseball "Chris Archer is drawing a lot of interest on the trade market and the Tampa Bay Rays have heard from the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins. Archer would bring back a huge haul, but it remains to be seen if the Rays would seriously consider..." December 12

  • New report suggests Cubs likely to pursue Rays All-Star pitchers Chris Archer and Alex Colome

    NBC Chicago "The Cubs might be looking to bring a little bit of Florida sunshine to the North Side this winter. Already rumored to be interested in signing free-agent pitcher Alex Cobb — something that might be a tad less likely after signing starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood a few days ago — a new report..." December 11

  • Cardinals, Rockies “Aggressively Pursuing” Alex Colome

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals and Rockies have their sights firmly set on Alex Colome. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports that both teams are “aggressively pursuing” the Rays closer. Though the Cardinals signed Luke Gregerson to a one-year pact only yesterday, it seems they’re not done adding to a..." December 11

  • Evan Longoria expected to be trade candidate during Winter Meetings

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays may be ready to finally part with franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria. The MLB Winter Meetings will take place Sunday-Thursday in Orlando, and reporter Jon Morosi says he expects Longoria to be mentioned in trade talks. Though many players have come and gone throughout the..." December 10

  • Cardinals-Rays talks could grow to include 3B Evan Longoria

    Sporting News "The Cardinals aren't merely sitting back and waiting for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton's decision on where he'll play starting next season. In fact, while St. Louis has been in contact with the Rays about closer Alex Colome, "those talks could shift or expand to include third baseman Evan..." December 07

  • Tampa Bay Rays hot topics: Flip or flop? Time for a rebuild?

    Tampa Bay Times "We don't know what moves the Rays will make this off-season, just that there will be some big ones as they look to cut payroll and decide whether to try to remain competitive or go for a rebuild. With the annual winter meetings next week at Disney, we are looking today at some of their hottest..." December 06

  • Tampa Bay Rays trade reliever Brad Boxberger to Arizona for minor-league pitcher

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays got tired of waiting for RHP Brad Boxberger after two straight injury-shortened seasons and traded him to Arizona for a minor-league pitcher. The deal comes in advance of Friday's deadline to tender contracts, indicating the Rays were likely to cut him free rather than pay a projected..." November 30

  • Chris Archer was randomly drug tested and had a great response

    Larry Brown Sports "The random drug-testing genie came knocking at Chris Archer’s door on Monday, and it made for one priceless reaction from him. The Tampa Bay Rays righty revealed that he was selected for a random blood and urine test for PEDs and told the story to Twitter in hilarious fashion. Got hit with a..." November 29

  • Chris Archer would really help these eight teams

    Sporting News "It has become something of a cycle. The Rays develop a good pitcher. That pitcher enjoys success while the good fortunes of the team ebb and flow. The Rays trade that pitcher for a package of prospects when the team’s fortunes ebb too far and the pitcher’s contract starts to get too..." November 29

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Rays claim Micah Johnson off waivers from Giants

    Fanrag Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays have officially claimed veteran infielder Micah Johnson off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, the club has formally announced. As a result, the Rays’ active roster now stands at 40 players with the month of December on the immediate horizon. Despite coming over from San..." November 27

  • Report: Rangers showing “sustained interest” in Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers signed free agent pitcher Doug Fister on Sunday afternoon, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4 million with a club option for the 2019 season. Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers are still on the hunt for pitching, showing “sustained interest” in free agents Alex Cobb and Lance..." November 27

  • Rays likely to trade Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times speculates that the Rays will try to move starter Jake Odorizzi and closer Alex Colome this offseason. No teams have come calling for Odorizzi just yet, but Colome has at least one suitor in the Cardinals, who reportedly discussed a trade for the 28-year-old..." November 26

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Yankees, Cubs set to battle for Alex Cobb?

    Newark Star-Ledger "This qualifies as a surprise hot stove rumor for the Yankees. According to long-time MLB insider Peter Gammons, the Yankees will be heavily involved in the race to sign ex-Rays right-handed starter Alex Cobb. Heading for Thanksgiving, the industry consensus is that the Alex Cobb showdown..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Mike Napoli and Rays have “mutual interest” in a deal

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times unloaded a lot of interesting news items about the Rays last night, including a report that the Rays might have “mutual interest” in a deal with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli. The Rangers declined Napoli’s $11 million option earlier this month and owe..." November 19

  • Rangers have interest in Alex Cobb

    Real GM Baseball "The Texas Rangers are looking to add pitching this offseason and remain interested Alex Cobb. "The Rangers saw enough value in Cobb last off-season that they were linked to him via a trade with Tampa Bay, despite facing his first full season after Tommy John surgery. After a successful season,..." November 19

  • As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

    Tampa Bay Times "After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll. The question is how far they will go — how many players they deal, and how big of names they are, with everyone in play on down..." November 19

  • 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