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  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Charlie Morton expects Rays contract to be his last

    MLB.com "Charlie Morton is entering his first year with the Rays with the intention of finishing his career in Tampa Bay. Morton told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that the free-agent contract he signed with the Rays in December -- a two-year, $30 million deal with a vesting option for..." March 13

  • Jake Faria to be stretched out as starter

    D-Rays Bay "Jake Faria has been impressive this spring. Nonetheless his name appeared on a list of players assigned or optioned to minor league camp. While this must feel discouraging for the player, it is likely a sign that the Rays see Faria as more than an afterthought in their pitching..." March 12

  • Report: Rays have maintained contact with Craig Kimbrel

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays have maintained consistent contact with reliever Craig Kimbrel, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. However, Topkin suggests a deal between the two sides seems unlikely. This is the first instance of the Rays and Kimbrel..." March 12

  • Rays' Snell on $15K raise: Other teams 'adequately compensate' similar players

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays made official their decision to stick with their salary structure and give Blake Snell only a meager reward for winning the Cy Young Award, renewing his contract for a $573,700 on Sunday, a raise of just $15,500. And Snell made clear how he felt. "The Rays have..." March 10

  • Blake Snell plans to use contract renewal by Rays as motivation

    Sporting News "Blake Snell, the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner, will reportedly make less than $600,000 in 2019. Such is life as a player who isn't yet eligible for salary arbitration. Such, also, is life as a young star with the Rays, who chose not to give their 26-year-old ace a..." March 09

  • Blake Snell's reward for winning the Cy Young: a $15.5k raise

    Yahoo! Sports "Blake Snell was everything the Tampa Bay Rays could have possibly hoped for in 2018. He led the American League in ERA (1.89) and wins (21) while striking out 221 batters in 180.2 innings despite facing the AL East more than any other division. He won the second Cy Young Award in Rays..." March 09

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • Carlos Gomez Says It’s a Dream Returning to Mets

    Mets Merized Online "The New York Mets announced they’ve officially signed veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league deal with an invitation major league camp. Gomez, 33, hit .208/.298/.336 with 15 doubles, nine home runs, 32 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 408 plate appearances for..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • No surprise, it’s Blake Snell on opening day for Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "It wasn’t any grand announcement, and certainly would have been a bigger story if this wasn’t the case, but Rays manager Kevin Cash said this morning that Cy Young award winner Blake Snell will be the March 28 opening day starter. Asked about Snell’s accountability..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Remember Blake Snell’s words if the Rays bullpen falls short

    Tampa Bay Times "This is what an ace does. He steps up at critical moments. In this case, before the regular season even begins. Blake Snell went high and tight on Rays management the other day. Maybe it was a pitch thrown with serious intent, or maybe it was just a gentle..." March 04

  • Blake Snell lobbying for Rays to pursue Craig Kimbrel

    Tampa Bay Times "Seeing all the money being thrown recently seems to have empowered Rays Cy Young award winner Blake Snell to think aloud more. The Padres signed Manny Machado. The Rockies re-upped with Nolan Arenado. The Phillies, in case you hadn’t heard, gave Bryce Harper baseball’s..." March 03

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Brent Honeywell aiming for May return

    D-Rays Bay "In an alternate timeline, Brent Honeywell forced his way onto the Rays’ Opening Day roster in 2018 and along with Blake Snell, dominated opposing lineups as the two traditional starting pitchers in the Rays’ rotation. Eventually joined by Nate Eovaldi and..." February 25

  • Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell betting big on himself and Tampa Bay Rays

    USA Today "The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner is one year removed from when he couldn’t say much of anything, not after a 2017 season that included a jarring trip to the minor leagues. Yet after winning 21 games, blowing away the field in adjusted ERA and providing a..." February 25

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Rangers invite Adam Moore to spring training

    Tyler Morning Telegraph "Adam Moore, the Mineola native who has played for five major league teams, has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, friends and family told the Tyler Morning Telegraph. On Thursday, the Rangers agreed to a deal with Moore, a catcher and former star at UT Arlington..." February 16

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • What’s The Matter With Tampa Bay?

    Deadspin "It’s not like everyone hadn’t been thinking it, but it took Tommy Pham to mention the elephant in the room. The outfielder, who one year earlier had celebrated his 6-WAR season in his first year as a starter at age 29 by publicly tearing down Cardinals management for not..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Tommy Pham: 'Truth hurts' about Rays' fan support, hopeful attendance improves

    Tampa Bay Times "Outfielder Tommy Pham had no apologies or regrets Saturday for his recent comments saying the Rays had "really no fan base,'' and said he was not concerned about any backlash. Instead, Pham made a plea, albeit more politely, for more fans to support the..." February 10

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • Is Bryce Harper for one year a worthy Rays' investment?

    Tampa Bay Times "Imagine this: You are the owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. Your team won 90 games last season, and your baseball people tell you to expect similar results in 2019. Your ballclub has been active in the offseason, but when it comes to the Bryce Harper sweepstakes you’ve been..." February 05

  • Tommy Pham Wins Arbitration Case Against Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "Outfilder Tommy Pham won his arbitration case against the Rays, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). The GSE client will earn $4.1MM rather than the $3.5MM figure that the team had submitted. This victory may not make for a particularly massive increase..." February 05

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Orioles, Jesus Sucre Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles are in agreement on a minor league contract with catcher Jesus Sucre, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’ll be invited to Major League Spring Training and would earn $850K if he makes the big league roster. Sucre can also opt out of the contract on..." February 01

  • Should an MLB star mimic Anthony Davis and help make trade demands more common in baseball?

    CBS Sports "If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded. By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we..." January 29

  • Veteran INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio among Rays' latest minor-league signees

    Tampa Bay Times "Versatile veteran Emilio Bonifacio, who has started at seven positions during an 11-year big-league career, headlines a group of players signed to minor-league deals by the Rays with invites to major-league spring training. RHPs Richard Pinto, who has big-league time with the..." January 28

  • Rays Tales: And the team’s first Hall of Famer will be ...

    Tampa Bay Times "This has become an annual question with a perpetual lack of an answer: With now 21 seasons in the books, who will be the first Rays player to make the Hall of Fame? Not someone who played exclusively for the Rays, but long enough that they would be identified as such, and..." January 27

  • Rays may not pursue closer

    CBS Sports "Rather than signing a free agent reliever, the Rays may be leaning toward sticking with their internal options and going with a closer by committee, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Lefty Jose Alvarado and righties Diego Castillo and Chaz Roe are the primary candidates to see save..." January 27

  • Rays' Tropicana Field becomes 1st cashless venue in North America

    Tampa Bay Times "Leave your dollar bills at home when attending a Rays home game, because from the box office to the team store to the concession stands, Tropicana Field will no longer accept cash transactions. The Trop is becoming the first entirely cash-free sports venue in North America, the Rays..." January 26