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  • Avisail Garcia set for a bounce back season

    D-Rays Bay "Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Rays just signed a player coming off an injury-plagued year in which he regressed from a breakout campaign the year before. Yes, Avisail Garcia seems to fit a pattern of recent Rays trades and signings. He is a full year..." January 15

  • Tampa Bay Rays close to signing OF Avisail Garcia, per report

    D-Rays Bay "The Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on free agent outfielder, Avisail Garcia, per a report from Ken Rosenthal. Garcia, 27, is coming off a down year with the Chicago White Sox in which he hit .236/.281/.438 with 19 HR over 385 PA, registering a 92 wRC+ and playing exactly at replacement..." January 14

  • The Rays are reportedly looking at a free agent slugger as a two-way player

    CBS Sports "In an effort to maximize their 25 roster spots, the Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly looking at free agent slugger Matt Davidson as a potential two-way player. Davidson would presumably serve as a corner infielder -- he's played first base in addition to third base, his natural position -- and..." January 13

  • Tampa Bay Rays to head to arbitration with Tommy Pham

    D-Rays Bay "The deadline for arbitration has passed and the Rays were able to agree to terms with three of their eligible players (Mike Zunino, Matt Duffy, and Chaz Roe). Unfortunately, they were not able to come to terms with outfielder Tommy Pham, and the two sides will now go to an arbitration..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Dodgers Acquire Jaime Schultz

    True Blue L.A. "On Tuesday, the Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz from Tampa Bay. In the deal, the Dodgers sent minor-leaguer Caleb Sampen to the Rays. Schultz, 27, played 22 games with the Rays in 2018. With 21 of those appearances coming out of the bullpen, he went 2-2 with an ERA..." January 08

  • Rays reducing seating capacity at Tropicana Field to create more ‘intimate’ experience

    Tampa Bay Times "Seating capacity at Tropicana Field will be reduced to about 25,000 to 26,000 under a renovation plan aimed at improving fans' experience. The team on Friday announced plans to create a more "intimate" atmosphere, including the creation of the Left Field Ledge in the..." January 04

  • Blue Jays trade Oliver Drake to the Rays

    Bluebird Banter "There’s only room in the 6ix for one Drake. I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Oliver Drake, one of the few players to have ever been claimed on waivers twice by the Jays, was DFA’d a few days ago when the Blue Jays acquired Clayton..." January 04

  • What will the Rays do next?

    D-Rays Bay "In case you’re just tuning in from the winter holiday, the Tampa Bay Rays lost in their bidding for veteran slugger Nelson Cruz, if they were ever really involved, and Troy Tulowitzki is heading to the Yankees, who lost Didi Gregorious to Tommy John surgery earlier in the..." January 02

  • Why the Rays won’t trade Matt Duffy this offseason

    D-Rays Bay "Despite frequent speculation, even after the Rays acquisition of Yandy Diaz, odds are that the Rays are unlikely to trade veteran third baseman Matt Duffy this offseason, and there’s a clear reason why. The Tampa Bay Rays entered the offseason with one giant hole at catcher. The..." December 31

  • Tommy Pham says Rays have 'no fan base at all' and are in need of new ballpark or new city

    CBS Sports "Leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline this past season, outfielder Tommy Pham was traded from the Cardinals to the Rays. Pham, coming off a stellar 2017, had been disappointing for St. Louis in 2018 and ultimately fell victim to a crowded outfield situation. With Tampa Bay,..." December 28

  • Rays officially terminate negotiating window for new stadium

    D-Rays Bay "The Tampa Bay Rays have formally closed the three-year negotiating window that was permitted by the team’s Memorandum of Understanding with the City of St. Petersburg (via the City Council), which allowed a stadium search in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The letter is a..." December 18

  • Was Yandy Diaz the primary target all along?

    D-Rays Bay "It’s been not even a week since the Tampa Bay Rays made a move that — on the surface — surprised the baseball community, including us here at DRaysBay, when they traded first baseman Jake Bauers to the Indians for jack-of-many-trades Yandy..." December 17

  • Report: Edwin Encarnacion Traded to Mariners for Carlos Santana in 3-Team Deal

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Mariners have continued their flurry of offseason activity after reportedly acquiring Edwin Encarnacion as part of a three-team deal.  Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Encarnacion will be sent to the Mariners with the Cleveland..." December 13

  • Report: Rays sign Charlie Morton to two-year, $30 million deal

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and starter Charlie Mortonare nearing agreement on a contract. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is for two years and $30 million in total. Morton, 35, is coming off of the best season of his..." December 12

  • At least 4 teams have spoken with Mariners about acquiring Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Mariners seem to be shopping Carlos Santana. Seattle has spoken with the Rays, Indians and Rockies about potentially dealing away the 32-year-old slugger, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Marlins also checked in on Santana..." December 12

  • Nelson Cruz to sign with either Twins or Rays

    Larry Brown Sports "There are apparently two finalists in the Nelson Cruz sweepstakes. Dominican Republic reporter Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101 said on Tuesday that Cruz is deciding between the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says that Cruz is also talking..." December 11

  • Tampa Bay Rays new stadium dream is over (for now)

    D-Rays Bay "A looming December 31 deadline by which the Rays were required to officially announce intentions to quit Tropicana Field has intensified speculation and action toward a deal that would underpin the construction of a new stadium for the Rays in Ybor City. Today principle owner Stuart..." December 11

  • Rays, Indians Discussed Trade Of Edwin Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have had trade discussions with the Indians about first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion and infielder Yandy Diaz, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports (two links).  It isn’t clear if these talks extended beyond anything but due diligence, and Hoynes said that if..." December 10

  • Kevin Cash says Rays will stick with using an opener in 2019

    12 Up "?A big part of the reason that the Tampa Bay Rays won 90 games last season was because of their use of an "opener," a lockdown reliever that starts the game rather than ending it. And the innovation will be here to stay, as manager Kevin Cash has signaled that the team..." December 10

  • Tampa Bay Rays willing to trade top-ten prospect, Jesus Sanchez

    D-Rays Bay "The Tampa Bay Rays were in pursuit of All-Star first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt, and per a report from Juan Toribio of The Athletic ($), the Rays were willing to include top prospect, OF Jesus Sanchez in the deal. Multiple sources told The Athletic that a package..." December 10

  • Rays considering ex-Astro Charlie Morton among starting pitching options

    Tampa Bay Times "Among several options the Rays have explored to sign or trade for a starting pitcher, they’ve expressed interest and had initial conversations with free-agent RHP Charlie Morton. Morton, 35, was most recently with the Astros, going 14.7, 3.62 in 2017 and 15-3, 3.13 last..." December 07

  • Rays have talked with St Louis Cardinals about 1B/OF Jose Martinez

    D-Rays Bay "According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Tampa Bay Rays and St Louis Cardinals have had talks involving 1B/OF Jose Martinez. He notes the Cardinals are seeking a left-handed utility player, with the Rays having several players that could fit that..." December 06

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • How tourism taxes will fund the new Rays Stadium

    D-Rays Bay "A new Rays stadium will most likely get built with a cocktail of public and private investment, with the exact ingredients and proportions still (we assume) under discussion. Professional stadium and arena projects such as that proposed for Ybor City often make use of tourism taxes,..." December 04

  • The Rays have the means to acquire a star this offseason; will they land a high-end upgrade?

    CBS Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays were one of the biggest surprises in baseball last season, winning 90 games and finishing just outside of the American League playoff field. Whereas the Seattle Mariners, who finished with one fewer win, are tearing down their roster, the Rays are instead approaching this..." December 03

  • The Rays can afford Bryce Harper right now - and he could help them in the long term, too

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league franchise. Even the..." November 30

  • Wilson Ramos could still make sense for the Rays in 2019

    D-Rays Bay "In a surprising move that resulted from a rather unsurprising one, the Twins jumped on the chance to add former Rays slugger CJ Cron to its roster. The Rays have made known their wanting to upgrade at the DH position, preferably with someone who could either provide a little more..." November 27

  • Jay Bruce’s no-trade list revealed

    Larry Brown Sports "The teams on Jay Bruce’s no-trade list have been revealed. According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Bruce updated his no-trade list two weeks ago to include the following five teams: Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue..." November 27

  • C.J. Cron, who hit 30 home runs last season, picked up by Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune ".J. Cron had a breakthrough season in 2018, hitting 30 home runs and adding 28 doubles and a triple for the Tampa Bay Rays. Watching closely was the team's major league field coordinator, Rocco Baldelli. Baldelli is now the Twins manager and, on Monday, he added Cron to..." November 26

  • It's time for the Rays to make aggressive moves

    MLB.com "The Rays finished 90-72 in 2018, their most successful season since 2013, and by all indications it was something resembling "real." What we mean by that is that unlike the 89-73 Mariners, who were outscored by so many runs that they actually looked like a 78-win team, the Rays'..." November 25

  • Financial support for new Rays stadium in better shape than previously announced

    D-Rays Bay "Last Friday, the corporate non-profit, Tampa Bay Rays 2020, which is supporting the Rays push for a new stadium, held a press conference that only muddied the waters in Tampa Bay. With only one of the group’s two key business leaders in attendance at a late Friday afternoon..." November 23

  • Rays hire Rodney Linares as third-base coach

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays filled one opening on their coaching staff by finalizing the hiring of Rodney Linares to handle third base and infield instruction. Interviews for the field coordinator position remaining ongoing. Linares, 41, also fills the Rays' need for a Spanish speaker on..." November 21

  • Why the Rays designated C.J. Cron for assignment

    D-Rays Bay "The Tampa Bay Rays, facing a 40-man roster crunch, have elected to designate first baseman C.J. Cron for assignment, likely ending his Rays career after one year. In his first season of what was essentially full-time work, Cron posted a career best .347 wOBA..." November 21

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • Rays start roster shuffle, trade Chih-Wei Hu to Indians

    Tampa Bay Times "Seeking to open spots on the 40-man roster for four-six prospects in advance of a Tuesday deadline, the Rays traded RHP Chih-Wei Hu to the Indians today. The return was minor league INF Gionti Turner, an 18-year-old who was a  27th-round pick last June out of an Watson Chapel HS..." November 19

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • Blake Snell to be drug tested two days after winning Cy Young

    Sportsnaut "The randomness of drug testing in sports can sometimes provide hilarious moments of timing. That’s just the case for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell, who is apparently going to be drug tested two days after winning the American League’s Cy Young award. Snell..." November 15

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Rays' Blake Snell named AL Cy Young Award winner in first full season in majors

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell was named the American League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday, capping a breakout season in his first full year in the majors. The 25-year-old lefty was 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and led all major league starters with a .178 batting..." November 14

  • Rays sign lefty Ryan Merritt to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Rays have signed lefty swingman Ryan Merritt to a minor league contract. Nah, it’s not a big signing but we’ll take anything today. Merritt, who has spent his entire career in the Indians organization, spent the entire 2018 season at Triple-A Columbus. It..." November 14

  • 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