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2016 ZiPS Projections – Tampa Bay Rays

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Tampa Bay Rays. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Stingrays Week 15 Recap: We Appreciate Goals

A short home schedule greeted the South Carolina Stingrays before beginning a four-game stretch on the road in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas next week. The Rays took both games to improve on a 6-1 win at Norfolk to end the previous week. In a rare moment, “O Canada” was sung at the North Charleston Coliseum […]
Via Capitals Outsider
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays provide 'wish list' for desired new stadium

The Tampa Bay Rays have released a wish list of sorts with specifications for their proposed new stadium.Referencing the change in stadiums Camden Yards brought to the table when the Baltimore Orioles opened the stadium in 1992, the Rays are hoping their new ballpark will be the start of a new era of baseball stadiums.While remaining vague about specific details or plans, the Rays...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier attempted to eat a steak bigger than his head

Give Kevin Kiermaier credit: He never shies away from the big challenge. For example, he could have watched that home run go over his head and nobody would have said a word. But he went for it. And this happened: Kiermaier takes the same life philosophy into his meals. He didn’t have to try to eat a 35 ounce ribeye steak with vegetables, two salads, two regular sides and a bag...
Via Food and Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly beats Rays in season's first arbitration hearing

PHOENIX -- Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.The three-person panel decided Thursday in Smyly's favor.The 26-year-old lefty asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.Smyly was 5-2 with...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe the Rays shouldn’t trade Desmond Jennings

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays made some noise when they acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rockies in exchange for reliever Jake McGee. Granted most of that noise were people asking out loud what in the world Colorado was thinking, but the Rays did a nice job adding a solid average regular to their outfield. However, the club already had three outfielders one could claim...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly and Tampa Bay Rays argue 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

PHOENIX — Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays argued baseball's first salary arbitration case this year on Wednesday.The 26-year-old left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.A decision is expected on Thursday.Smyly was 5-2 with...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Tampa Bay Rays be contenders in the AL East?

The Tampa Bay Rays franchise has never been about “the chase” so many big market MLB teams are. They have always thrived off gaining second-tier players that are maybe pushing towards their final years in the Bigs (looking for a good retirement community, perhaps), or solid players that simply can be obtained for a lower price. Regardless, the Rays have a history of acquiring...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Classic Threads: Tampa Bay Rays

Classic Threads looks at the Tampa Bay Rays Chris Covatta / Getty Images Even though the Tampa Bay Rays have not been in the league for twenty years yet, it feels like they have. Through the years, this has been a team more associated with ugly uniform styles and even a name change. Let’s put a positive spin on the Rays jersey history.
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing the transactions by the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday

Despite being less than one month away from pitchers and catchers reporting, the Tampa Bay Rays remain busy. On Thursday, Tampa Bay made two significant moves. First, they signed 1B/OF Steve Pearce to a 1-year deal worth a base salary of $4.75 million. He can also earn another $1.5 million in incentive bonuses. Secondly, the Rays traded away relief pitcher Jake McGee for OF Corey...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the Rays Lineup After the Acquisition of Corey Dickerson

With the reported deal that has former Colorado Rockies outfielder, Corey Dickerson heading to the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa has finally added that spark in their lineup that can complement third baseman, Evan Longoria and perhaps take some weight off his shoulders. Colorado, in return for Dickerson, will receive reliever, Jake McGee ,along with a minor league pitcher. This may cause a...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Chris Archer buys coffee for fans at local coffee shop

Rays fans in St. Petersburg got a nice surprise when they showed up for their morning coffee Wednesday. For half an hour, Tampa Bay starter and 2015 All-Star Chris Archer, paid for the coffee of 50 customers at Kahwa Coffee. Need coffee this morning? @ChrisArcher42 is treating #Rays fans until 9 at Kahwa in #DTSP. #CoffeeOnChris — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay’s Opportunity to Trade Longoria is Closing Quickly

Irrelevant preface: this is an exceptionally difficult article for me to write. My emotional investment in Tampa Bay Rays baseball over the years has precipitated elation as much as heartbreak, satisfaction as much as disappointment. It’s worth every single unpredictable moment. Amidst the flurry of changes from the front office to player personnel and everything […]
Via Baseball Essential
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Three MLB teams that should consider relocation

Even in the heart of the NFL’s playoff season, the buzzword around the nation’s biggest sports entity has been “relocation.” With the Rams leaving St. Louis for Los Angeles (and the Chargers potentially being not too far behind), the second biggest market in the U.S. will once again have at least one team in town for the first time in more than two decades. The chances of...
Via The Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Vote involving Tampa Bay Rays gives Montreal and Mexico City hope in getting an MLB team

If you love the Rays and want them to remain in Tampa Bay, you have new reason to hope.If you’re a baseball fan in Montreal or Mexico City, eager for the franchise to relocate ... you also have new reason to hope.Such was the duality of Thursday’s landmark vote by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) city council, giving the Rays legal clearance to evaluate stadium sites outside St. Petersburg...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Petersburg approves deal to let Rays explore move to Tampa

Thanks to a vote from the St. Petersburg city council, the Tampa Bay Rays could have a legitimate shot to actually play in the city it’s named for. The council voted 5-3 Thursday to approve a deal, championed by St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman, that allows the Rays to seek a new stadium in Tampa, according to the Tampa Bay Times. From the Times: It took council members...
Via The Comeback
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Odorizzi: A Budding Craftsman on his Development

Jake Odorizzi is a wanted man. The 25-year-old right-hander is reportedly a trade target for multiple teams this offseason. It’s easy to see why. Last year, in his second full season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Odorizzi logged a 3.35 ERA and a 3.61 FIP over 28 starts. Arbitration eligible after the coming campaign, he’s under team control four more years. Odorizzi isn’t a power...
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays hurler Chris Archer digs up old Harvard class photo showing commissioner Rob Manfred

Tampa Bay rays righty Chris Archer took the liberty on Thursday of throwing it back (#TBT) for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.After graduating from Cornell University, Manfred attended Harvard Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1983 at age 24. Courtesy Archer's friend's father, here's the commish back in the day:He's all business in that photo. Interestingly, Manfred appears to...
Via Fox Sports
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Did the Tampa Bay Rays Have a Successful Season?

After six years of winning records beginning with the 2008 season, the Tampa Bay Rays have spent the last two years recapturing the losing ways more familiar to their Devil Ray past. With their long-time GM Andrew Friedman departing to run the Los Angeles Dodgers, they will have their work cut out for them. David Price is gone and the core built around Evan Longoria has fractured...
Via The Sports Post
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Research & Development Intern

Position: Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Research & Development Intern Location: St. Petersburg, Fla. Description: We are seeking interns with a passion for winning through mathematics, data analysis, and computation. The internship positions will be with the team’s Baseball Research and Development group in the Baseball Operations department. Start and end dates are flexible, and...
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Ortiz on Red Sox signing nemesis David Price: That’s fine

David Ortiz insists he’s fine with the Boston Red Sox signing longtime nemesis David Price, for whom he has no shortage of bad blood. “That’s fine. We need pitching and David Price is a great pitcher and has showed that for years. I hope he will help us,” Ortiz told Dominican Republic radio station on Wednesday, via ESPN. “It’s a marquee pitcher, and that’s what...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 02, 2015  |  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
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners faces: Is Nate Karns the missing piece?

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 playoff drought in the majors. The trade may have come at a price, but Logan Morrison, Danny Farquhar, and Brad Miller weren’t fitting into the team anymore since about mid-season of last year when Mark Trumbo came on...
November 17, 2015  |  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
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Tampa Bay Rays

The best word to describe the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays might actually be “mediocre”. The team topped out at ten games above 500 on June 20th, and went an AL-worst 35-51 since that date. But despite those struggles, the Rays never fell more than six games below .500, and weren’t truly buried in the AL East until the calendar flipped to September. Preseason Prediction: Just like...
Via The Outside Corner
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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