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  • 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

  • Shane Baz to Rays to complete Archer trade

    MLB.com "Right-hander Shane Baz, the No. 12 pick in the 2017 Draft, is the player to be named going from the Pirates to the Rays to complete last month's trade of Chris Archer to Pittsburgh, according to reports by MLB.com's Mark Feinsand and MLB Network insider Jon..." August 14

  • Rays pull Snell after 5 perfect innings

    Tampa Bay Times "Blake Snell took the idea of quality over quantity to the next level on Friday night in Toronto, throwing five perfect innings on just 47 pitches. That puts Snell in rare company, as he becomes just the fourth pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to be pulled from a perfect game..." August 11

  • Rays ship Adeiny Hechavarria to Pirates

    CBS Sports "Hechavarria was sent to Pittsburgh on Monday along with cash considerations in exchange for minor-league pitcher Matt Seelinger. The 29-year-old hit a modest .258/.289/.332 in 61 games for the Rays this season. He was designated for assignment and cleared waivers prior to the trade..." August 06

  • Rays' Daniel Robertson: Requires surgery, likely done for 2018

    CBS Sports "Robertson will undergo surgery on his left thumb in the coming days, likely spelling an end to his 2018 season, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. Robertson was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb following Friday's game against the White Sox and was advised to undergo surgery to..." August 05

  • Rays call up Brandon Lowe

    Hardball Talk "The Rays promoted infield/outfield prospect Brandon Lowe from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, the team announced. In a corresponding move, Daniel Robertson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain. It’s the first move to a major-league roster for 24-year-old..." August 04

  • Tommy Pham Diagnosed With Fractured Foot

    MLB Trade Rumors "Just two games into his Rays tenure, outfielder Tommy Pham is headed to the 10-day disabled list due to a fractured foot, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). Pham exited last night’s game after being hit on the right foot by an Andrew Heaney pitch, and while..." August 03

  • Cards' decision to trade Pham surprised rival execs

    Yardbarker "The Cardinals’ decision to send Tommy Pham to the Rays caused quite some eyebrow raising among rival executives, according to Jayson Stark of The Athletic. (Stark also ran down a host of other interesting items heading out of the deadline in a subscription piece.) Some around the..." August 02

  • Rays Designate Adeiny Hechavarria

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). That opens a roster spot for newly-acquired outfielder Tommy Pham. " August 01

  • No active starting pitchers on Rays’ depth chart

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Rays have been very unconventional with their starting pitching this year. After they traded Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates, they took things to a new level. Following the deal, not a single player is listed under the rotation on the team’s official depth..." August 01

  • Pirates Moving Closer Deal For Chris Archer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays righty Chris Archer has seemingly been in trade rumors for years; is this the day he finally gets dealt?  Here’s the latest… The Pirates are moving closer to a deal for Archer, tweets Jon Heyman of Fancred. An Archer trade is becoming “very, very..." July 31

  • Rays Acquire International Bonus Money From White Sox

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired some international bonus funds from the White Sox in exchange for minor league southpaw Hunter Schryver, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen reports (Twitter link).  The exact dollar amount isn’t known, though the international signing slots can be..." July 31

  • Rays deal Chris Archer to Pittsburgh Pirates for Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow

    USA Today "Chris Archer, the two-time All-Star with a team-friendly contract that made him the jewel of baseball's pitching trade market, was finally dealt from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Pittsburgh Pirates, less than a half hour before Major League Baseball's non-waivers trade..." July 31

  • Rays reportedly trade Wilson Ramos to Phillies

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly made a major addition to their lineup, acquiring catcher Wilson Ramos in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. According to multiple reports, the slugging catcher is heading to Philly. Ramos, one of the best hitting catchers in baseball,..." July 31

  • Rays, Phillies “Deep Into Talks” On Wilson Ramos Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays and Phillies are “deep into talks” on a trade involving Wilson Ramos, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). Ramos has been on the DL since mid-July due to a hamstring strain, but he can still be moved if both sides are comfortable with his medical reports. At..." July 31

  • Rays acquire OF Tommy Pham from Cardinals for 3 minor-leaguers

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays' first deal of deadline day was a bit of a surprise. They acquired the power-hitting outfielder they were looking for in getting Tommy Pham from the Cardinals, but did so by giving up three minor-leaguers – OF Justin Williams, LHP Genesis Cabrera and  RHP Roel..." July 31

  • Stripling to DL as LA reportedly eyes Archer

    MLB.com "The Dodgers' front office was multitasking on Monday, reportedly pursuing a multiyear impact starting pitcher like Chris Archer of the Rays, while alleviating a short-term rotation overflow by placing Ross Stripling on the disabled list. The club announced that Stripling has a toe..." July 30

  • Pirates Have Expressed Interest In Chris Archer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have emerged as a somewhat surprising entrant into the market for Rays right-hander Chris Archer, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). Fancred’s Jon Heyman hears the same (Twitter link), adding that his sense is that Pittsburgh’s interest in Orioles..." July 30

  • Chris Archer admits trade rumors are ‘unsettling’

    Tampa Bay Times "Chris Archer is used to being in control. So as he headed home to North Carolina to take care of some previously scheduled nonbaseball business on Monday's team off-day, he acknowledged that it has been "unsettling" waiting for his Rays bosses to do their business in..." July 30

  • Padres progress in Chris Archer talks

    CBS Sports "Rays right-hander Chris Archer has been the subject of trade rumors for what seems like since time immemorial. That's understandable, as he's got ace-like upside and a history of health and durability, and he's signed to a contract that ludicrously team-friendly. So will..." July 28

  • Trade Talks On Chris Archer “Intensifying”

    MLB Trade Rumors "Chris Archer has been the subject of trade speculation all season, and now talks surrounding Tampa Bay’s prized right-hander are “intensifying”, per a report from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. A trade isn’t quite imminent, it seems, as Crasnick notes that..." July 28

  • Braves Acquire Jonny Venters From Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have traded left-handed reliever Jonny Venters to the Braves in exchange for international bonus pool space, according to announcements from both teams. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports (on Twitter) that the Braves sent the minimum $250K to Tampa Bay in return for..." July 27

  • Rays To Designate Adam Moore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays will designate catcher Adam Moore for assignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter link).  The transaction will create room for newly-acquired catcher Michael Perez to join the Rays’ roster tomorrow. " July 25

  • D-backs acquire pitcher Matt Andriese from Tampa Bay

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Andriese from the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced Wednesday. In return, the D-backs will send minor league pitcher Brian Shaffer and catcher Michael Perez to the Rays. To make room for Andriese on the 40-man roster,..." July 25

  • Multiple teams have ‘strong interest’ in Chris Archer

    Larry Brown Sports "Could this be the year the Tampa Bay Rays finally trade Chris Archer? According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, as many as eight teams have asked the Rays about Archer, and there is “strong interest” throughout the league. This may be enough to inspire the Rays to move their..." July 25

  • Rays closer Romo plays 3B before recording 12th save of season

    Tampa Bay Times "A day that began with their starting pitcher being traded 90 minutes before game time and saw veteran reliever Sergio Romo play third base for a batter  ended well for the Rays with a 3-2 win over the Yankees. Ryne Stanek stepped in for Boston-bound Nathan Eovaldi to lead the..." July 25

  • Red Sox make trade-deadline splash with Nathan Eovaldi

    New York Post "The Red Sox have added a starter before the Yankees. And he’s a familiar one. Boston traded for Nathan Eovaldi on Wednesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Jalen Beeks, as first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, adding the right-hander to a staff..." July 25

  • Padres looking to add Syndergaard, Andujar, and Archer to finish their rebuild

    Yardbarker "With the Padres’ lengthy rebuilding moving ever closer to its conclusion, the team has been inquiring about controllable MLB pieces to add to its rotation. They’ve already been tied to Noah Syndergaard on the rumor mill, and they reportedly asked the Yankees about..." July 24

  • Cubs Have Been Watching Rays Starter Nathan Eovaldi, Who Seems Like a Perfect Short-Term Fit

    Bleacher Nation "While our trade-rumor attention has been mostly spun in the direction of Zach Britton on the relief side and Jacob deGrom on the “a boy can dream” side, another pitcher might make more sense for the Cubs than anybody else: Nathan Eovaldi. The 28-year-old..." July 24

  • The only problem with Yankees trading for Rays’ pitching stud

    New York Post "Here at Tropicana Field, you’ll find a starting pitcher who would generate some Bronx buzz. Whom you could envision starting a postseason series’ Game 3, at the worst. Now all the Yankees have to do is overcome 20 years of virtual inactivity between themselves and the Rays..." July 24

  • Rays Starter Blake Snell Placed on the 10-Day DL With Shoulder Injury

    12 Up "?Well, I don't think Blake Snell is getting traded now. The Tampa Bay Rays announced that All-Star left-hander ?Blake Snell has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder fatigue. His DL stint is retroactive to July 20, and after having an MRI, it..." July 23

  • Yankees have reportedly asked Rays about Chris Archer

    Sportsnaut "Boasting would could ultimately be a record-setting lineup, the New York Yankees have turned their attention to the starting rotation ahead of next week’s non-waiver trade deadline. It’s already known that the Yankees are not happy with Sonny Gray and may look to move..." July 23

  • Rays drawing ‘significant interest’ for All-Star Chris Archer

    Sportsnaut "Thus far, this MLB trade season has been filled with a whole host of relievers being moved. This past week alone, closers Brad Hand and Jeurys Familia have been moved. They could be followed soon by Baltimore Orioles All-Star Zach Britton. With a surplus of relievers available on..." July 22