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Source: Rays sign first-round pick McKay

The Rays have agreed to terms with Brendan McKay -- the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft -- for $7,007,500, a source told MLB.com's Jim Callis on Tuesday.
Via Rays.com
1 hour ago

Hechavarria makes Rays debut Tuesday

Adeiny Hechavarria got the start at shortstop in his debut with the Rays on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Hechavarria, who was acquired from the Marlins on Monday, hit eighth in the lineup.
Via Rays.com
2 hours ago

Rays To Sign Brendan McKay

The Rays have agreed to a $7,007,500 signing bonus with No. 4 overall pick Brendan McKay, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). The bonus is the largest ever given to a player under the current set of draft rules, narrowly topping the flat $7MM signing bonus that Kyle Wright received from the Braves earlier this year. McKay is represented by Sosnick, Cobbe and Karon. Marc...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 hours ago

Are the Tampa Bay Rays going ‘all in’ this season?

The acquisition of Adeiny Hechavarria could signal that the Rays mean business this season. (Photo Credit: ESPN.com) Think back to the 2015 trade deadline, when the Tampa Bay Rays were just three-games back in the AL East. Toronto made a pair of big acquisitions, trading both for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. The Rays, on the other hand, traded away Kevin Jepsen and made no...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Roller Coaster Rays

It has been a roller coaster season so far for the Tampa Bay Rays, and in time key players will return, hopefully making way for a strong finish and a great ride. The 2017 season for the Tampa Bay Rays has had a number of ups and downs and it leaves fans wondering what exactly […] Tampa Bay Rays: Roller Coaster Rays - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
6 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays Trade for Hechavarria

For being a team that is known for trading away their players at the deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays have been the beneficiary lately.  The Rays traded for infielder Trevor Plouffe and more recently, Adeiny Hechavarria. Surprisingly, they did not lose any starters in the process. Trevor Plouffe was traded for cash consideration and a player to be named later. He already has appeared...
Via isportsweb.com
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

The New What Next: Rays vs Pirates — a series preview

Adeiny Hechavarria is expected to join the Rays in Pittsburgh this week. (Photo Credit: CBS Sports) Following a disappointing series loss against the Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays departed from the Sunshine State and hit the road for an eight-game, nine-day road trip. On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays will play the first of three games against the sub .500 Pittsburg Pirates at PNC...
Via X-Rays Spex
8 hours ago

The Tampa Bay Rays Must Overhaul Their Bullpen

The Tampa Bay Rays front office and on field management think this team can make a run for the playoffs, however in order to do so they must address the bullpen’s problems. With the struggling Baltimore Orioles, plagued by injuries and poor pitching, coming to town, it looked like a good opportunity for the Tampa […] The Tampa Bay Rays Must Overhaul Their Bullpen - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
10 hours ago

Erasmo Ramirez Back in his Proper Role for Tampa Bay Rays

Erasmo Ramirez was inserted into the Tampa Bay Rays rotation out of necessity. With Blake Snell ready to return to the majors, he is heading back to the bullpen, where he belongs. During his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays, Erasmo Ramirez has filled a variety of roles. Mainly a starter in 2015, his first […] Erasmo Ramirez Back in his Proper Role for Tampa Bay Rays - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
12 hours ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – June 25, 2017

Tampa Bay baseball attendance for Sunday, June 25, 2017: Total Attendance: 18,134 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 42 Attendance: 15,943 Starting Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi Opponent: Baltimore Orioles Opponent Starting Pitcher: Chris Tillman Avg Attendance to Date: 14,955 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 19,591 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 18,207 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...

Tampa Bay Rays are a trade away from the post-season

A few weeks ago, it seemed as though the Tampa Bay Rays would be sellers as the trade deadline approached. After injuries to several key players, Tampa’s playoff hopes seemed to be slipping away and the team was struggling to break their .500 record. As the month of June passed, however, the Rays suddenly found themselves within striking distance of first place in the AL East....
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays plan to recall Snell; put Erasmo in 'pen

Blake Snell will be recalled by the Rays to start against the Pirates on Wednesday, while Erasmo Ramirez will head back to the bullpen. A corresponding roster move will take place prior to Wednesday's game.
Via Rays.com
2 days ago

The Baltimore Orioles tied an MLB record they can’t be proud of

In mid-May, the Baltimore Orioles were 10 games over .500 and one of the clear surprises in baseball. Even entering June 8th, they were five games over .500, right in the thick of the AL East race and the AL Wild Card race.While the Orioles were playing well, the computers and projection systems weren’t buying it, and waited for the Orioles to regress. That’s happened. Baltimore...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Plouffe, Mallex Smith help Rays take series from Reds

Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Cobb trade rumors

Every year around this time, it seems the Rays are sellers. It has become a tradition for the team to trade away veterans with expiring contracts for a heap of young talent. This makes sense for a small-market team with a low budget; trading away players expected to receive a contract bump for some kind of return is a logical move for a team who cannot afford to sign players to large...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Logan Morrison leads Rays' HR barrage in win over Tigers

Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera will not sit out despite myriad of injuries

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is dealing with a whole host of injuries, but isn’t going to let that keep him off the field.Cabrera admitted Thursday that he is coping with back, oblique, and groin strains, and picked up a hip flexor problem during Thursday night’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite all that, he managed a walkoff opposite field home run, his first...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Rays Ever Achieve League-Average Attendance?

This is Michael Lortz’ third piece as part of his June residency at FanGraphs. Lortz covers the Tampa Bay baseball market for the appropriately named Tampa Bay Baseball Market and has previously published work in the Community pages, as well. You can find him on Twitter, as well. Read the work of all our residents here. In my recent interview with Rays President Brian Auld, he...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Brendan McKay announced as first baseman when selected by Rays

Highly touted prospect Brendan McKay is headed to the Tampa Bay Rays — potentially as a first baseman.McKay doubles as a slugging first baseman and a left-handed pitcher for the Louisville Cardinals, and there had been some dispute as to what position he’d play professionally. When MLB announced the pick, they called McKay a first baseman.While it’s unclear if that was an indication...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Tampa Bay Rays TrackMan Stringers (Operators)

To be clear, there are two job postings here. Position: Tampa Bay Rays TrackMan Stringers (Operators) Location: Princeton, W.V. Description: TrackMan Stringers (operators) will be responsible for running the TrackMan system for Princeton Rays’ home games in Princeton, W.V. The number of games each Stringer works varies by week. Stringer(s) will start on or around June 28. Responsibilities...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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