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  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Mariners finalizing a trade that would send catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia to the Rays

    Seattle Times "Mike Zunino may not have to go far from his home in Gainesville, Fla., when the 2019 season begins. Multiple Major League Baseball sources said the Mariners are finalizing a deal with their favorite trade partner, the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle would send Zunino and..." November 08

  • Rays, Jake Smolinski Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are in agreement with free-agent outfielder Jake Smolinski on a minor league contract, tweets Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. The Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon client will presumably be in Major League camp with Tampa Bay come Spring Training. Smolinski was..." November 08

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • Blake Snell’s trade value is “non-existent” according to the Rays

    D-Rays Bay "Rays fans try to never get too comfortable with players. It can be hard to pick a franchise face as a result, especially when the likes of Evan Longoria and Chris Archer are traded away to bolster the team’s youthful core. But fans worried that Cy Young..." November 07

  • Astros, White Sox, Rays in on Nelson Cruz

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that, the Astros, White Sox, and Rays are among the teams expressing early interest in free agent slugger Nelson Cruz. He’d make sense for just about any AL team other than the Red Sox, who have J.D. Martinez and, possibly, the Yankees, who..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Could Brandon Lowe be the next Nelson Cruz?

    D-Rays Bay "Here’s something I just got irrationally excited about: Statcast data suggests our rookie/prospect 2B Brandon Lowe may have an elite bat. Sounds crazy, right? It might not be. I mean, Lowe has put up some pretty incredible numbers in the..." November 05

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Rays Outright Andrew Kittredge, Vidal Nuno

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have outrighted right-hander Andrew Kittredge and lefty Vidal Nuno from their 40-man roster after both cleared waivers, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). The former was assigned to Triple-A while the latter has elected free agency. " November 02

  • Rays claim Oliver Drake off waivers from Twins

    Hardball Talk "The Rays announced on Thursday that the club claimed pitcher Oliver Drake off waivers from the Twins. Drake, 31, is well-traveled. In 2018, he wore uniforms for the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays, and Twins. Prior to that, he was with the Orioles " November 02

  • Rays sign international free agent right-handed pitcher Sandy Gastón to minor league contract

    Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays have signed international free agent right-handed pitcher Sandy Gastón to a minor league contract. The Matanzas, Cuba, native is 6’3″, 200 pounds and will turn 17 on Dec. 16. Gastón was scouted and signed by Rays Director of International..." November 01

  • Rays Claim Oliver Drake From Twins, Outright Jesus Sucre, Adam Moore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have claimed right-hander Oliver Drake off waivers from the Twins, per an announcement from the Twins Additionally, Tampa Bay has outrighted catchers Jesus Sucre and Adam Moore off the 40-man roster, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link)...." November 01

  • Rays to sign Cuban teenage flamethrower Sandy Gastón for $2.6 million

    D-Rays Bay "Just behind the hype surrounding the brothers Mesa and their signing with the Miami Marlins has been the steady drumbeat for Sandy Gastón, A hard-throwing right-hander, Gastón has been clocked as high as triple-digits at the age of 16, leaving much unknown as..." October 24

  • Blue Jays interview Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo for manager opening

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo for their managerial vacancy, another finalist in the race to replace John Gibbons. A former Montreal Expo, the 53-year-old Puerto Rican joins Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who had in-person..." October 23

  • Joey Wendle could be Ben Zobrist 2.0. Maybe.

    D-Rays Bay "I can see your eyes rolling as we announce yet another “next Ben Zobrist”. It has, after all, become an almost laughably predictable cliché to anoint any guy who plays more than one position without embarrassment the next Ben Zobrist. Usually it turns out said..." October 22

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • Rays’ Franco, Liberatore among top prospects in respective leagues

    D-Rays Bay "In recent weeks, Baseball America began prospect-ranking season when it rolled out its league top-20 prospect rankings for subscribers. These lists can be interesting, maybe more than the organization lists — which is something I say every year for this post. A No. 1 prospect in..." October 18

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Reds interview Rocco Baldelli for manager

    MLB.com "Rays coach Rocco Baldelli was the 12th candidate to interview for the vacant Reds managerial position when he met with the club this past week, a source told MLB.com on Sunday. Baldelli, 37, is currently Tampa Bay's Major League field coordinator under manager Kevin Cash after he..." October 14

  • Rays sign Kevin Cash to extension through 2024

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays and manager Kevin Cash have finalized a deal on a multiyear extension that puts him under contract through 2024, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Cash, 40, had one year left on his original five-year $5-million contract signed going into 2015, plus a two-year..." October 09

  • A's manager Bob Melvin admits he wouldn't have used an opener if the Rays didn't do it first

    USA Today "On Tuesday, Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin announced his team’s intention to use righty Liam Hendriks as an opener for the AL Wild Card Game against the Yankees in the Bronx. Hours before first pitch Wednesday, Melvin further explained the strategy and suggested the Athletics never..." October 03

  • Rays Tales: So how do they keep this group together?

    Tampa Bay Times "As incredibly interesting as this Rays season was, the winter is likely to be quite  intriguing as well. The success in the second half keyed by the transition to the young core went even better than they expected. They not only found out a lot about their players individually,..." September 29

  • Sources: A federal grand jury is investigating MLB's international dealings, and officials on all sides are worried

    Yahoo! Sports "The plundering of Latin America wasn’t Major League Baseball’s original sin. It’s simply the one that has festered the longest. Corruption of all kinds – illicit payoffs, bonus-money skimming, doping teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs – has been treated as..." September 28

  • Rays OF respects Sabathia for protecting teammate with retaliatory HBP

    Larry Brown Sports "CC Sabathia earned respect not only within the New York Yankees’ clubhouse for his retaliatory pitch thrown on Thursday, but also from the opposing team. Sabathia hit Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre with the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning and was ejected. The..." September 27

  • MLB sees sharp rise in batter hand injuries; higher velocities, other factors cited

    Sporting News "As the MLB season winds down toward the playoffs, players and team management hope that the crack of the bat takes precedence over the crack of the bones. Bones of the hands in particular.  Since the exhibition season, an all-star team of players — more than..." September 27

  • Kevin Kiermaier breaks foot in wild 8-7 win over Yankees

    Tampa Bay Times "A season CF Kevin Kiermaier already had referred to as the worst of his career came to a premature end in Wednesday's wild 8-7 win over the Yankees when he sustained a hairline fracture in his right foot, the latest in a long string of injuries. Kiermaier was hit on the foot by an..." September 27

  • Rays' Gomez fined by MLB for comments about umpire

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez has been fined by Major League Baseball for comments made last week about umpire Andy Fletcher, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Gomez plans to appeal, and wouldn't disclose the amount he was fined. " September 24

  • Carlos Gomez gets ejected, rips umpire in Twitter rant

    Hardball Talk "Carlos Gomez entered the Rays-Blue Jays game as a pinch hitter last night, struck out looking and was ejected because he argued the call. But though his time in the game was quickly over, his evening was just beginning. Gomez didn’t even wait for the game to end before taking to..." September 22

  • Rays calling up Meadows, plus Hu, Milner, Pruitt but not Wong

    Tampa Bay Times "Cash said this is expected to be the extent of the callups, so that sounds like a no for Wong and the others. … Meadows is understandably of the most interest and Cash said he is excited to see him, but acknowledged it will be a little tricky to get him much playing time, especially as..." September 19

  • Cards' Wong calls Rays 'bad organization' for not promoting brother

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "That his younger brother still is at Class AAA without a call-up is a sore point with Kolten Wong. Kean Wong, 23, hit .282 for the season and “got (passed) over three or four times,” said Kolten Wong. “He’s just in a bad organization which doesn’t give..." September 17

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Rays To Promote Nick Ciuffo, Reinstate Mallex Smith

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have promoted catcher Nick Ciuffo from Triple-A Durham and reinstated outfielder Mallex Smith from the 10-day disabled list, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter links). The team will need to make a corresponding 40-man move to create room for Ciuffo. " September 03

  • Rays Select Andrew Velazquez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have selected infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Durham, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported. The club already has a full 40-man roster, so it’ll need to make room for Velazquez. The switch-hitting Velazquez entered the professional..." September 02

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Wade Boggs urges Rays to end rebuilding cycles

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays are known for being a low-budget team with a penchant for drafting and developing young players before moving them on when their salaries begin to rise, which tends to put the roster in a constant state of flux. One former member of the team thinks that needs to..." August 26

  • Mallex Smith hospitalized with viral infection

    Hardball Talk "Rays outfielder Mallex Smith has been hospitalized with a viral infection, the team announced Friday night. While the precise nature of the infection has not been reported, manager Kevin Cash told reporters that he doesn’t believe it’s indicative of anything serious — that is,..." August 25

  • Rays Not Expected To Trade Sergio Romo

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever Sergio Romo is “not going anywhere,” a source tells Jon Heyman of Fancred (via Twitter). It seems “likely,” Heyman adds, that Romo was pulled back from revocable waivers after being claimed. Romo, 35, featured prominently..." August 23

  • New Rays catcher Michael Perez worth wait

    Tampa Bay Times "If rookie catcher Michael Perez turns out to be as good as Rays officials think based on their initial reviews, they may thank Steven Souza Jr. Well, not Souza directly. But it was in the process of extensively and intensively scouting Arizona's minor-league players to..." August 20

  • Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez tossed a ball with phone number on it to female fan at Yankee Stadium

    New York Daily News "Even from the dugout, Carlos Gomez plays the field. During the Tampa Bay Rays’ visit to the Bronx this week to play the Yankees, the 32-year-old outfielder found time to hit on two women seated near the visiting team’s dugout, according to sources in the stadium during the..." August 17

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Rays look to next season with bulk of core in place

    Tampa Bay Times "No, the Rays won't sit tight the whole off­season without changing their roster. That's not their style. There's going to be a trade or two. They'll dump somebody whose salary exceeds his value. With only maybe $30 million or so committed, they'll have some money to..." August 16