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Indians Acquire Reliever Yates from Rays, Designate Choice

The Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday afternoon that the team had acquired reliever Kirby Yates from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated outfielder Michael Choice for assignment. The team has ten days to trade or release him or send him outright to the minors, if he passes through waivers unclaimed. Like Yates...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Asdrubal Cabrera Is Drawing Interest From Four Teams

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that four teams are interested in free agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. In 143 games this season, Cabrera batted .265 with 15 homeruns and 58 RBI for Tampa Bay. He also belted 28 doubles and had a .744 OPS. Cabrera has been an average to below average defender at shortstop throughout his career, but he did show some improvement in 2015. He is...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners faces: Is Nate Karns the missing piece?

Aug 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns (51) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Seattle Mariners just got another solid, young arm to add to an already prestigious rotation. Nathan Karns is just the kind of pitcher to help break the longest...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers, Nationals, DBacks interested in Rays’ Boxberger, McGee

The free agent market for relief pitchers this offseason is very weak and it has resulted in a lot of teams to try to fix their bullpen woes via trade. Two relievers drawing interest: Tampa Bay Rays‘ Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee. Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and […]
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Rays consider trading more pitchers?

Despite finishing the season just a single win away from .500 and being only two years away from a Wild Card victory, the Rays have been rumored to be interested in selling off some pieces. This isn’t a simple strategy of trying to get the most out of players who are only signed on for one more season, instead, the players rumored include relievers Jake McGee and Brad Boxburger...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Examining the Rays in Arbitration

Following an unremarkable 2015 season — +3 wins from 2014, but my yearly expectations are lofty — the Tampa Bay Rays boast one of Major League Baseball’s largest arbitration classes. Based on projections done by MLB Trade Rumors, the Rays would be on the hook for roughly $29 million — nearly 40% of their 2015 […]
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays will play in Cuba this spring -- if MLB finalizes the plans

Evan Longoria and Co. could make history this spring. Ken Blaze USA TODAY SportsNEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Rays would be the team to make the trip if Major League Baseball returns to Cuba for an exhibition game during spring training.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred drew the Rays on Friday from a bin of teams that wanted to make the trip.U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays would be team if MLB plays Cuba game in spring training

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays would be the team to make the trip if Major League Baseball returns to Cuba for an exhibition game during spring training. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred drew the Rays on Friday from a bin of teams that wanted to make the trip. U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Fidel Castro's revolution but none appeared there from March 1959...
Via Fox Sports Florida
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier on His (Gold Glove) Defense

“I had a good year last year, but this year I wanted to separate myself,” Kevin Kiermaier told me in August before a game with the Athletics. And separate himself he did, since he just won a Gold Glove after leading all defensive players in the SABR Defensive Index rankings, UZR/150, and Defensive Runs Saved. We talked about how he honed his craft on the way to the defensive...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Five Burning Offseason Questions

The 2015 season was a year of transition for the Tampa Bay Rays. All-stars David Price and Ben Zobrist were gone. Budding star Wil Myers was traded as well as minor fan favorites Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Joyce. Then the lovable Joe Maddon fled to Chicago. New General Manager Matt Silverman and new manager Kevin […]
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Kiermaier's top plays of 2015

Tampa Bay Rays defensive wizard Kevin Kiermaier was named the center field Gold Glove winner for the American League, and he put up quite the resume all season. Take a look at some of the plays that made Kiermaier the MLB leader in defensive runs saved, UZR and defensive runs above average. THE CATCHES THE THROWS AND THE POSE
Via Fox Sports Florida
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Molina named catching coordinator, GM meetings start

The November 9, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team hiring an old friend and legendary pitch-framer, the GM meetings kicking off in Florida, and more… The Story: Jose Molina hired as catching coordinator MWAH Says: It sounds like the middle Molina will work with the club’s minor-league catchers, mainly, but he’ll probably get some good time with Carlos...
Via Monkey with a Halo
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Molina rejoining Angels as minor league coordinator position

Catcher Jose Molina spent seven of his 15 years as an MLB player with the Los Angeles Angels, and the club announced recently that he's rejoining the organization as a catching coordinator. The longtime backstop finished his playing career in 2014 after three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.'s Alden Gonzalez detailed Molina's new role, which will find him spend time working...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners and Rays open Hot Stove season with six-player deal

We have a trade. The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners made a six-player deal. Greg Johns of reports Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, and Danny Farquhar have been traded to the Rays while Nate Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and Boog Powell go the Mariners’ way. From the Rays’ perspective, the move gives them three big league players who will add depth to their squad. Miller...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 2, 2011

Asdrubal Cabrera is once again rewarded for his breakout season at the plate as he is named the winner of the Silver Slugger Award in the American League at shortstop. It is the first and only time in his career he has received the honor. The formerly light hitting middle infielder burst onto the scene in 2011, his fifth season in the Majors. After hitting just 18 homers in his first...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays in self-imposed stadium purgatory?

As we've known for a while, Tampa Bay's Rays simply cannot draw fans to their home stadium. In their very first season, the (Devil) Rays drew 2.5 million, in the middle of the American League pack. Since then, their best attendance came in 2009, on the heels of their American League pennant and World Series appearance. That season (2009) they drew nearly 1.9 million, good for 11th...
Via Fox Sports
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Chris Archer brings fresh analysis to ESPN

The networks have a habit of hiring current players during the MLB Postseason as guest analysts. Fox used A.J. Pierzynski and David Ortiz over the past few to mixed success. TBS has also utilized current players during its coverage. But the people who stick out and bring their “A” game to the table are few and far between. Fox hired then-New York Mets pitcher Al Leiter for the...
Via Awful Announcing
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: Tampa Bay Rays

It was a year of change for the Tampa Bay Rays like perhaps no other club. Gone were nearly every vestige of the roster that made them baseball’s perpetual overachievers over the past near decade, with David Price, Ben Zobrist and 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, as well as the architects of the operation in manager Joe Maddon and general manager Andrew Friedman. That is a large...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Fields and the value of faith and positive thinking

Over the last calendar year, Houston righty Josh Fields has been a top-30 reliever. That may not be the type of lede that grabs you by your collar and shakes a click out of you, but the “how” might intrigue you. Because Fields has changed one thing — a new pitch has helped — but it’s something that he changed mentally that really made the difference. And his faith had everything...
Via Fangraphs
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Moore Without Matt Moore’s Fastball

This past August 22, Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore reminded everyone of how excellent he can be. The former consensus top-three prospect (alongside Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, that year) was dominant. Over 6.0 innings, Moore recorded 16 strikeouts! Thirteen of those strikeouts came over a stretch of just 15 batters! He allowed just a single run! As the abundance of exclamation...
Via Fangraphs
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chris Archer has great reaction to Kevin Kiermaier catch

    Chris Archer had a great reaction to a beautiful catch made by Kevin Kiermaier in center field on Monday night. Kiermaier robbed Orioles leadoff hitter Manny Machado with a great catch against the wall for the first out the Rays recorded in the game.     Archer was worried that the first batter he faced had hit a home run against him, so he kept the celebration...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Following Arrieta’s no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas

August has been very good for the Chicago Cubs. With one day remaining in the month, the team has compiled a 19-8 record and built a 5.5 game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot. And on Sunday night, pitcher Jake Arrieta built on his case for the NL Cy Young Award, throwing a no-hitter over the Dodgers in a 2-0 victory. But if the pressure of being in the playoff race and...
Via The Outside Corner
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays outfielder fooled by Tropicana Field catwalk

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier climbed the outfield wall at Tropicana Field on Friday night, and instead of coming down with the ball, he landed with a little embarrassment. He was anticipating the hard hit ball by Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales would land close enough to the wall where he could rob a home run, but the ball traveled so high...
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays catcher strains hamstring circling bases after homer

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali came up gimpy while circling the bases following a home run Tuesday night, suffering a strained left hamstring. Casali appeared to take an awkward step while rounding first base after hitting the home run during the Rays’ 11-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. He looked to be in discomfort throughout the rest of his trot and limped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

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