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  • Rays' Smith jokes Mariners stint was 'best 77 minutes of my life'

    Tampa Bay Times "The first hint that new Rays outfielder Mallex Smith is a little bit different is the number on the back of his jersey: 0. After being traded to the Rays last month, the open-thinking, smooth-talking, fast-running Smith decided he wanted to distinguish himself by requesting the unusual digit,..." February 20

  • Evan Longoria laments Logan Forsythe trade, focuses on winning

    ESPN "It was less than four weeks ago -- on the day Tampa Bay traded productive second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers -- that the Rays' highest-profile player, Evan Longoria, delivered a three-word review of the deal that raised many eyebrows in baseball: "Surprised and upset," the..." February 18

  • Rays showing interest in converted knuckleballer Wilson

    Tampa Bay Times "Wilson, 34, is trying to make a comeback as a knuckleballer, having last pitched in the majors in 2014. The Rays have developed a program to work with and refine knuckleball pitchers, so their interest in Wilson - which would be on a minor-league deal and not a camp invite - would make..." February 16

  • Rays, Tommy Hunter agree to minor-league deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The two sides have an agreement in place, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The 30-year-old Hunter, long a member of the division-rival Orioles’ bullpen, split last season between Cleveland and Baltimore, pitching to a combined 3.18 ERA with 6.1 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 49.5 percent ground-ball..." February 16

  • A Rays deal with Matt Wieters makes sense — at the right price

    Tampa Bay Times "There are several things we know about the Rays' interest in Matt Wieters, the former Orioles star catcher who surprisingly — check mlbtraderumors.com — yep, remains unsigned as camps open: First, and most important, is the Rays are serious enough to have made an offer, likely for one year and..." February 16

  • Rays ace Chris Archer moving past 19-loss 2016: 'I'm capable of so much more'

    USA Today "Chris Archer is 28 now, with nearly four seasons of major league service time to his name, and suddenly the Tampa Bay Rays ace is closer to baseball middle age than his youthful appearance, energetic demeanor and 98-mph fastball would suggest. Yet with that advancing age comes deeper..." February 16

  • Rays’ Nick Franklin worked as Uber driver during offseason

    Yardbarker "Nick Franklin is hoping to stick with the Tampa Bay Rays as a utility man this season. If he doesn’t make the roster, he knows what he can do for some spare cash. Franklin was at Rays camp on Wednesday, two days ahead of when position players were set to report. He told the Tampa Bay Times’..." February 15

  • Rays Designate Eddie Gamboa, Announce Nathan Eovaldi Signing

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated righty Eddie Gamboa for assignment, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported (via Twitter). The move was made to clear roster space for fellow righty Nathan Eovaldi, whose signing was announced. Though Eovaldi will not be available to the team, as he..." February 14

  • Matt Wieters is drawing interest from the Rays

    Hardball Talk "The Rays are rumored to be one of the “new teams” in on veteran catcher Matt Wieters, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s no secret that Wieters’ market is shrinking as the offseason wears on, which has most often been attributed to his declining offense over the past two years, lingering..." February 13

  • Rays reportedly nearing deal with Eovaldi

    MLB.com "The Rays are nearing a Major League deal with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The club has not confirmed the report. Eovaldi, who turns 27 on Monday, is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2017 season. The contract includes an option for 2018,..." February 12

  • Reds, Desmond Jennings agree to minor-league deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds on Thursday officially agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Desmond Jennings on a minor-league contract. Jennings will receive an invitation to spring training, and will earn a salary $1.5 million if he makes the team opening day." February 10

  • Rays among teams talking to Fuld

    Tampa Bay Times "Free-agent OF Sam Fuld, who earned the nickname "Super" by making amazing acrobatic catches, is talking with the Rays and other teams in hopes of soon getting back on the field. Fuld, 35, missed all of last season, sustaining a shoulder injury that required surgery, but has been working hard to..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Rays' Logan Morrison: Heavily incentivized to remain healthy under new contract

    CBS Sports "Morrison (wrist), who re-upped with the Rays on a one-year, $2.5 million deal last Friday, can earn significantly more by hitting several benchmarks related to his health, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran was limited to 107 games and 398 plate appearances in 2016, as..." February 07

  • Nationals acquire Enny Romero from the Rays

    Hardball Talk "Update (5:36 PM EST): That minor leaguer is pitcher Jeffrey Rosa, per MASN’s Mark Zuckerberg. Rosa, 21, pitched 40 1/3 innings across 11 starts for the Nationals’ rookie league team last season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Nationals acquired pitcher Enny Romero from the..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • The Rays still could be a surprise contender, if everything goes right

    Fox Sports "News flash: The Rays are trying. Still trying, in fact. The trade of second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers irritated franchise third baseman Evan Longoria, but the Rays actually have done more adding than subtracting this offseason, and they aren’t finished yet. The Rays, not the..." February 07

  • Blue Jays’ AL East rivals nearing completion of off-season moves

    Sportsnet "After months of steady activity, the pace of off-season moves has finally slowed around Major League Baseball. There are still signings, of course—baseball’s transactional churn has become a 12-month-a-year reality—but at this point we’re discussing Carlos Villanueva instead of Carlos Beltran,..." February 06

  • Rays owner Stuart Sternberg optimistic about stadium search, team

    Tampa Bay Times "As far as working a crowd, Saturday presented a relatively easy task for Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg at the team's annual, though earlier than usual, Fan Fest. A few questions about their offseason deals, some comments on the stadium quest and plenty of thank yous. "It's all smiles,"..." February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Rays agree to minor-league deal with Rickie Weeks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have signed infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks to a minor league contract, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter). Weeks is represented by the Legacy Agency. After an awful 2015 season with the Mariners, the now-34-year-old Weeks had a respectable season at the plate with..." February 03

  • Rays, Morrison agree to 1-year, $2.5M deal

    UPI "First baseman Logan Morrison is returning to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017. Morrison, 29, agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the team Friday, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. The Rays' current roster sits at 40 men, meaning another move must be made. Morrison hit .238, with 14..." February 03

  • Reds close to a deal with Desmond Jennings

    Hardball Talk "Chris Cotillo of SB Nation is reporting that the Reds are close to a deal with outfielder Desmond Jennings. Jennings, 30, has played in a total of 93 games over the past two seasons due to leg injuries. Once a top prospect, Jennings hasn’t quite lived up to the hype despite a few productive..." February 03

  • Former top prospect Jennings could sign with team by weekend

    Tampa Bay Times "Remember Desmond Jennings, the talented and athletic but oft-injured outfielder who was released by the Rays in August? He apparently is over his knee issues and ready to play - elsewhere of course - this season. "DJ is healthy and could be signing with a team by the end of the week,'' said..." February 02

  • The Rays are pushing their spring training workouts back an hour

    Pro Hockey Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Tampa Bay Rays will be moving their spring training workouts back an hour, starting at 10:30 AM instead of 9:30 AM. The reason: sleep studies which, presumably, show that players are at their best a bit later in the morning. Before you scoff..." January 31

  • The Rays and Rangers are discussing a Jurickson Profar trade

    Hardball Talk "File this under “eh, may not happen, but it’s interesting.” Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rays have “checked in” with the Rangers regarding a possible trade for Jurickson Profar. The Rays need a second baseman now that Logan Forsythe has been traded. Their most..." January 31

  • Colby Rasmus has an interesting theory on why he didn't win a Gold Glove

    CBS Sports "Outfielder Colby Rasmus, who recently signed with the Rays, played for the Astros last season. While he hit far below his usual standards in 2016, he enjoyed probably his best season in the field. In recognition of those efforts, he was named a Gold Glove finalist. In the end, Mookie Betts,..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • Rays make official deal with OF Colby Rasmus, release OF Coats

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays VP Chaim Bloom said the Rays are "comfortable" with Rasmus' rehab progress, that they know he will be behind in spring training but "are optimistic" he will be ready to start with season, with "a good chance" he'll be active for the 4/2 opener. Rasmus said the chance to be reunited with..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him. On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider..." January 30

  • Rays weigh options to replace Logan Forsythe

    Tampa Bay Times "As giddy as they are about the future impact of starting pitcher Jose De Leon after acquiring him from the Dodgers, the Rays must address the now of filling the void created by 2B Logan Forsythe's departure. The easy answer is to turn the position over to a deserving understudy, but neither Tim..." January 29

  • Report: Brad Miller could move to second base in 2017

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times speculates that Rays’ shortstop Brad Miller could see some time at second base in 2017. The team is hurting for infield depth after trading second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers last week and reportedly favors their internal options over another free agent..." January 29

  • Rays' Jake Odorizzi ready to fight for himself in arbitration

    Tampa Bay Times "The difference between the salary starter Jake Odorizzi sought and what the Rays offered is, relative to baseball's big numbers, not much, just $275,000. But, Odorizzi said, it is worth battling for in his first year of arbitration eligibility, which is why he will head to a Feb. 13 hearing for..." January 28

  • Rays showing interest in Billy Butler

    ESPN "It looks like the Tampa Bay Rays might be interested in adding Billy Butler to the list of right-handed hitters they may look to sign, according to Tampa Bay Times Marc Topkin. The 30-year-old has spent nine seasons in the league and recently has shown signs of improvement. Despite being a..." January 27

  • Rays reportedly interested in Mike Napoli

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays may be hoping to sprinkle a dose of Magic Mike onto their roster. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday, the Rays have checked in on free agent slugger Mike Napoli among other options in their search for a right-handed bat after trading away Logan..." January 26

  • Corey Dickerson has lost 25 pounds

    Hardball Talk "Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing." January 24

  • Longoria 'surprised and upset' by Rays' trade of Forsythe

    Tampa Bay Times "In admitting the pain of trading Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers on Monday night, Rays officials raved about how valuable he was hitting atop their lineup, playing a sturdy second base and providing professionalism and by-example leadership in their clubhouse. But, they insisted, the talented..." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Former Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson signs with Tampa Bay

    Dallas Morning News "Tampa Bay has agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Shawn Tolleson, who can make an additional $1.15 million in bonuses. The 29-year-old Tolleson, who played at Allen and Baylor, was 2-2 with 11 saves and a 7.68 ERA in 37 games last season with the Rangers" January 24

  • Dodgers, Rays swap 2B Logan Forsythe for Jose De Leon

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Logan Forsythe from the Rays, in exchange for pitching prospect Jose De Leon. Forsythe, 30, hit .264/.333/.444 (113 OPS+) with 24 doubles, 20 home runs, 52 RBI, 76 runs and six stolen bases last season. A DL stint limited him to 127 games. He's served as..." January 23

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Rays still seeking bench, bullpen help

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays actually have had a busy offseason, what with three major-league free agent additions (C Wilson Ramos, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Shawn Tolleson), four trades, several waiver claims and the usual assortment of minor-league deals. But even though it's mid January and there look to be 14 new..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • City council bans smokeless tobacco at Rays games

    Palm Beach Post "The St. Petersburg city council has given final approval to an ordinance banning use of smokeless tobacco products at organized sporting events, including baseball games at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The measure approved Thursday not only applies to players, coaches and..." January 20

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