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Rays newcomer spotlight: Catcher/DH John Jaso

Soon, winter will give way to spring. Soon, the Tampa Bay Rays will begin again as something new. Their offseason has been full of change. There have been the departures of Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon. There has been Matt Silverman's move from team president to president of baseball operations. There has been Kevin Cash's hire as manager. There have been transactions that sent...
Via Fox Sports Florida
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays' McGee takes a step forward in recovery from elbow surgery

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee took a step forward in his recovery from arthroscopic elbow surgery Monday. McGee played catch for the first time since the Dec. 12 procedure to remove a loose body in his left elbow. The development took place at Tropicana Field. He's expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but McGee has targeted a possible mid-April return. McGee, who...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Manfred Look At Expansion When He Takes Over As Commish?

The time has come. Rob Manfred is finally taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. The Bud Selig era that began in 1992 is coming to an end. So what is one of Manfred’s priorities now that he is the king of the palace? You would have to think that expansion is one idea he might be willing consider and Montreal fans will be looking closely at what he might do in that...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays Elite Rotation?

The big news of the past week has been the Max Scherzer signing in the nation’s capitol. The Washington Nationals may have put together the best rotation that we have seen in a long time. Their numbers are astonishing. If Scherzer progresses like most American League pitchers do when the head to the Senior Circuit, this team could easily surpass 100 wins. So we know who the best...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays newcomer spotlight: Reliever Kevin Jepsen

Soon, winter will give way to spring. Soon, the Tampa Bay Rays will begin again as something new. Their offseason has been full of change. There have been the departures of Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon. There has been Matt Silverman's move from team president to president of baseball operations. There has been Kevin Cash's hire as manager. There have been transactions that sent...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Franklin vs. Marcus Semien by Craig Goldstein

The Ray takes on the A.
Via Baseball Prospectus
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tommy Lawrence Keeps Working To Silence Critics

Tommy Lawrence, now a Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher, during his time with the University of Maine Black Bears in 2013. When his first grade teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Tommy Lawrence said he was going to be a professional baseball player. Her reply, “You’ll never make it.” Though nearly all teachers encourage...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cobb, McGee among eight arbitration-eligible Rays players to come to terms

The Tampa Bay Rays settled contracts for the upcoming season with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players Friday. Right-hander Alex Cobb will receive $4 million, reliever Jake McGee $3.55 million plus incentives, catcher/designated hitter John Jaso $3.175 million, outfielder Desmond Jennings $3.1 million plus incentives, reliever Kevin Jepsen $3.025 million, catcher Rene...
Via Fox Sports Florida
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays reach agreements with eight arbitration-eligible players

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement on one-year contracts with all eight of their players in salaru arbitration, including starting pitchers Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly, relievers Kevin Jepsen and Jake McGee and centerfielder Desmond Jennings. Catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Logan Forsythe and designated hitter/catcher John Jaso also agreed to deals Friday...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Would a Matt Joyce contract extension make sense?

Matt Joyce hasn’t played a game for the Angels yet. Heck, he doesn’t even officially have a uniform number yet. Despite that, the Angels need think long and hard about giving Matt Joyce a contract extension. What? A 30-year old, platoon bat? How does a Matt Joyce contract extension make any sense? It actually isn’t that an extension make sense so much as the Halos don...
Via Monkey with a Halo
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #133: Drew Smyly | SP | TB

Drew Smyly had the honor of being the first player that I wrote about when I joined Baseball Professor back in 2013 and he remains a fascinating topic as 2014 was a very interesting year for Smyly involving many different storylines, including whether or not he would pitch out of the bullpen again, what team would he play for, and what pitches would he throw. Ultimately, Smyly...
Via Baseball Professor
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #134: Chris Archer | SP | TB

After a very successful 2013 in which Archer had a tidy 3.22 ERA and an even more impressive 1.13 WHIP — albeit over just 128 IP – he landed a contract that will keep his family set for life. Some people (certainly the Rays) were hopeful, if not expecting, that Archer was just getting started and would take his game to yet another level. The only sticking point was that Archer’s...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Archer’s Innings, Boston’s Backstops, much more

Chris Archer‘s attitude toward stats is a mix of new-school and old-school. The 26-year-old righty realizes pitcher Wins and ERA are influenced by things he can’t control. The number he cares most about, from a personal perspective, is innings pitched. Archer threw 194-and-two-third innings for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014. He did so effectively, […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Fallout from the Zobrist Trade

John Jaso will be a key addition to the Rays lineup in 2015. The Tampa Bay Rays made news once again as they traded second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Oakland A’s for catcher John Jaso, minor league shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell. Zobrist is a two-time All-Star and will be a free agent after the 2015 season. He is set make $7.5...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s add Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, continuing surprising offseason

The curious offseason of the Oakland Athletics continues with general manager Billy Beane picking up one of the more coveted players on the trade market in Ben Zobrist. The Nationals, Giants and Cubs had been rumored to be pursuing the 33-year-old super-utilityman, but it’s the A’s swooping in with a January surprise. According to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

After an offseason that has seen him purge the Oakland Athletics of their Major League talent, general manager Billy Beane has apparently pulled off a rather big trade. According to multiple media reports, Oakland has acquired All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for John Jaso and two minor league players. This move fills a ton of...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays will contend in 2015

Matt Moore will to bounce back after getting season-ending Tommy John surgery in 2014. It is no secret that the Tampa Bay Rays have made a lot of changes this offseason. Matt Silverman replaced Andrew Friedman as general manager and Kevin Cash replaced Joe Maddon as manager. In addition to the Rays front office changes, the Rays have been active in the trade and free agent market...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

A Ben Zobrist trade now appears inevitable

A Ben Zobrist trade has always been likely at some point this season, but it was always a question of when it would happen. Well, that’s not a question anymore with the news that Tampa Bay has signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. That’s too many starting caliber middle infielders for the Rays now, so one of them has to go. That one is going to be Ben Zobrist and it is going to...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Who are the Tampa Bay Rays now?

We have become so used to the Tampa Bay Rays being the smartest kids on the block that last year's down season seemed unreal. Now, after a turbulent off season that has seen two pieces of the brain trust leave for greener pastures, are the Rays still the Rays? Well, they still have Evan Longoria and Tropicana Field, so there's that. But who or what is this team now? The body blows...
Via The Flagrant Fan
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Of Course Rene Rivera Is Going to the Rays

Last month, not only did the Tampa Bay Rays cut Jose Molina, but, as Jeff detailed, no other Major League team was or has been interested in picking Molina up, even for the smallest of prices. As somebody who has always had their interests piqued by pitch-framing, this tiny morsel of a transaction nonetheless triggered […]
Via Fangraphs
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Jake McGee will miss start of season following elbow surgery

The Tampa Bay Rays look to improve this winter on a team which won 77 games this past season. At 27th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, offense is the major area of concern. The Rays were solid on the mound, ranked 13th in ERA. On the injury front, left-handed reliever Jake McGee will miss the start of the season following elbow surgery. It's a key early season loss for the Rays...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wildly Speculating on a Wil Myers Trade

If you haven’t been on Twitter tonight, you’ve missed a series of pretty fascinating rumors. According to various reports — most easily summed up over at MLBTradeRumors — the Rays are working on a trade with the Padres that would send Wil Myers to San Diego. The likely return is not yet known, nor is […]
Via Fangraphs
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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