Rays Rumors & News

  • Mariners To Acquire Alex Colome, Denard Span

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a stunning early-season swap, the Mariners have acquired reliever Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span from the Rays, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). M’s GM Jerry Dipoto has overseen his fair share of surprising swaps since taking the helm in..." May 25

  • A's deal Font to Rays for Minor Leaguer

    MLB.com "The A's traded right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font to the Rays for Minor League right-handed pitcher Peter Bayer, the club announced Friday.   Font was acquired from the Dodgers on April 25 for Minor League pitcher Logan Salow and compiled a 14.85 ERA in four games with the..." May 25

  • Nathan Eovaldi to make 2018 debut for Rays soon

    Hardball Talk "Rays manager Kevin Cash said that pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will join the starting rotation on Monday or Tuesday to face the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Eovaldi’s rehab outing with Triple-A Durham went well, even though he gave up eight runs in four..." May 24

  • Blue Jays skeptical of Tampa Bay’s reliever matchup experiment

    Sportsnet "Like pretty much everyone else in baseball, John Axford took note of how the Tampa Bay Rays started reliever Sergio Romo on back-to-back days over the weekend, the latest new-age concept to get a trial run on a big-league field. “I don’t know what ways this game is going..." May 24

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • Rays to start 3 straight relievers vs. O's; Romo gets ball Friday, Sunday

    MLB.com "The Rays will again roll out their unconventional and wildly intriguing starting-pitcher strategy, this time taking it to an accelerated level. Tampa Bay plans to start relievers in every game of its three-game series against the Orioles this weekend, with Sergio Romo starting the first and..." May 24

  • Rays’ Carlos Gomez reveals he built coffins as a teenager

    Sportsnaut "Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez is known for his unique style of play. Like many players born in Latin America, to make it out is an opportunity to support their family financially. As a 14-year-old, Gomez found a very unusual way to support his family living in the Dominican..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo. Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming games against the righty-heavy Orioles was a..." May 24

  • Jake Faria Out At Least Six To Eight Weeks; Rays Select Contract Of Vidal Nuno

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays manager Kevin Cash revealed that Faria will be out for a fairly substantial amount of time, with an absence of six to eight weeks likely being on the short end of his realistic timeline to return (Twitter link via Topkin). He could be sidelined into August, Topkin adds. Nathan..." May 23

  • Jake Faria, Wilson Ramos exit Tuesday’s game with apparent injuries

    Hardball Talk "Rays starter Jake Faria and catcher Wilson Ramos both exited Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox with apparent injuries, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Austin Pruitt relieved Faria with two outs in the third inning and Jesus Sucre replaced Ramos behind the..." May 22

  • Carlos Gomez blasts MLB drug testing policy: ‘It’s not random’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez put Major League Baseball’s drug testing policy on blast during an appearance this week on Yahoo Sports’ “MLB Podcast.” Perhaps most alarming about Gomez’s comments is his claim he’s been tested between five..." May 22

  • Rays calling up infield prospect Willy Adames

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays are set to promote top shortstop prospect Willy Adames, a source tells ESPN's Enrique Rojas. The Rays, who have not yet announced the move, host the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday. " May 22

  • Cozart thinks the way the Rays used Romo is bad for baseball

    Hardball Talk "The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he..." May 21

  • Sergio Romo first pitcher in six years to start on consecutive days

    Sportsnaut "On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays used relief pitcher Sergio Romo as their starter. As it turns out, this will not be a one-time thing. Romo will also get the ball on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, the first pitcher in six years to start on consecutive days for his team. Of..." May 20

  • Rays to start reliever Sergio Romo vs. Angels for 2nd straight game

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash's unconventional decision to use a back-of-the-bullpen reliever to start the team's game worked so well on Saturday that he plans to do it again Sunday. According to Cash, righty Sergio Romo, who started Saturday's win over the Los Angeles..." May 20

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Sergio Romo gets first career start, makes history against Angels

    USA Today "Sergio Romo has spent his entire 11-year major-league career as a relief pitcher, making 588 appearances on the mound without a single start. That is, until Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Rays' wild pitching experiment continued against the Los Angeles Angels. Romo..." May 20

  • After 588 relief appearances, Sergio Romo to make first start

    Hardball Talk "According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays will give Sergio Romo his first major league start Saturday, though the plan is to have him work just the first and maybe part of the second inning. The key here is that the Rays are facing an Angels team..." May 18

  • Rays place Gomez on DL, promote Arroyo

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right groin, according to a team announcement. The 32-year-old suffered the injury Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals. Gomez had been struggling at the plate, hitting..." May 16

  • Chris Archer can see Evan Longoria’s point about a move — with certain limits

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Chris Archer, the current longest-tenured Ray, could relate to some of what Evan Longoria, the former long-time star, said to the Tampa Bay Times about the challenge of regularly playing in front of small crowds at the Trop. But whereas Longoria said "the best decision might be to move the..." May 12

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Evan Longoria suggests Rays should leave Tampa Bay

    Tampa Bay Times "At a critical juncture when Rays, business and government leaders are trying to secure the long term future of baseball in the Tampa Bay area by building a new stadium, the greatest player in franchise history said they may be wasting their time. "Honestly, and this is maybe not something I..." May 10

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • Here are the teams that make the most sense for Matt Harvey after he was let go by the Mets

    CBS Sports "The Mets on Friday designated for assignment embattled right-hander Matt Harvey after he refused assignment to the minors. While Harvey was fully within his rights to refuse said assignment, it did in essence mean the end of his Mets career. The 29-year-old will not go through waivers and..." May 05

  • Dodgers-Padres series in Mexico selling for ridiculous price

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball’s quest to make their product more accessible to foreign markets appears to have at least one significant flaw. The National League West rival Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are meeting for a weekend series in Monterrey, Mexico that begins on Friday. Dodgers beat..." May 04

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • Carlos Gómez Defends his HR Celebration

    The Sports Post "There’s arguably nobody who has more fun playing baseball than Carlos Gómez. But sometimes, almost too predictably, that rubs people the wrong way. And on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, Gómez would lift the Rays with a two-run walk-off home run. Of course, it’s the celebration that would..." April 25

  • Feel-good story: Jonny Venters is back in the majors after three career Tommy John surgeries

    USA Today "Jonny Venters' remarkable tale of resolve is nearly complete. Venters, who has not pitched in the major leagues since 2012, was recalled by the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, this after undergoing what he's described as "two and a half" Tommy John surgeries since his last big league..." April 25

  • Rays Designate Brandon Snyder For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated infielder Brandon Snyder for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster for fellow infielder Brad Miller, who is returning from the disabled list (Twitter link via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times). Snyder, 28, went 1-for-6 with a double in a pair of games for..." April 20

  • Report: Kiermaier needs thumb surgery, could miss 8-12 weeks

    The Score "The outfield of the Tampa Bay Rays just took a huge hit. Two-time Gold Glove winner Kevin Kiermaier will undergo surgery for a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times." April 16

  • Kevin Kiermaier exits game with sprained thumb

    Hardball Talk "Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Sunday’s game with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement. In the bottom of the first inning, Kiermaier lashed a single off of Phillies right-hander Ben Lively and tried to advance when Rhys Hoskins missed a routine pop-up in shallow left field and..." April 15

  • Rays outright Ryan Weber

    Yardbarker "Rays right-hander Ryan Weber has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Durham, Bill Chastain of MLB.com tweets. Weber had been in limbo since the Rays designated him for assignment Friday. Because Weber was outrighted in the past (by Seattle in 2016), he could have refused this..." April 15

  • Rays designate RHP Ryan Weber for assignment

    Yardbarker "The Rays have designated righty Ryan Weber for assignment, club broadcaster Neil Solondz tweets. The open roster spot will go to outfielder Johnny Field, whose contract was selected — as the team had announced already. Weber had already been removed from the active roster to make way for Field,..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • White Sox, Rays play in front of reported crowd of 974

    Sporting News "The White Sox (3-6) and the Rays (2-8) aren't exactly must-see attractions this season. That is very clear by the number of people who showed up to watch the two teams play Monday. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the official number of people who used their tickets to enter the game was 974...." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier relieved, eyeing quick return after broken foot scare

    Tampa Bay Times "For a guy who had a crutch at his locker and a walking boot on his painful and swollen right foot, CF Kevin Kiermaier actually was in pretty good spirits Monday morning. That's because X-rays showed there was no break, as Kiermaier had become increasingly worried about in the hours after..." April 10

  • Rays Place Brad Miller On DL, Select Ryan Weber’s Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have placed first baseman Brad Miller on the 10-day disabled list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. The club selected the contract of right-hander Ryan Weber from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move, thus giving it a full 40-man roster. Miller suffered a groin injury..." April 09

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Rays' Matt Duffy not trying to replace Evan Longoria's presence in Tampa Bay

    Sporting News "Matt Duffy is not Evan Longoria. He knows this. He’s not trying to be. That’s not to say the 27-year-old doesn’t have plenty in common with the 11-year veteran and former face of the Rays franchise. The same two teams have defined their careers so far. Both are Southern California natives. Both..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • If Rays land naming rights deal, he’ll kick in more millions

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said Thursday that progress continues to be made on a new stadium. But many questions remain, including when the stadium will open, who will pay for it and even that the planned Ybor City site might not be the only option. Addressing the media before the Rays season..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Garrett Whitley out for season after shoulder surgery

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect Garrett Whitley is expected to miss the entire 2018 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to Chris Bumbaca of MiLB.com. The 21-year-old Whitley is ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the Rays’ organization...." March 31