Tampa Tribune "Sean Rodriguez watched the past few weeks as a handful of familiar faces left the team while the Tampa Bay Rays front office retooled the roster and bolstered the farm system. “I figured there were going to be some more moves,” Rodriguez said. “But I didn’t think I would be one of..." November 27
#Rays sign RHP Ernesto Frieri to a 1-year major league contract and DFA inf Sean Rodriguez
Davey Martinez has decided to leave the Rays. #Rays
Another option for teams in need of SS: Yunel Escobar. #Rays will listen on anyone. Have alternatives at SS, including Zobrist.
#Rays have placed Jose Molina and Cole Figueroa on release waivers; assuming they clear Wednesday they will be officially released
Hardball Talk "Rays Triple-A pitching coach Neil Allen beat out longtime MLB pitching coach and former Twins reliever Carl Willis to become Minnesota’s new pitching coach. He joins first-year manager Paul Molitor’s new-look staff, which includes Tom Brunansky, Eddie Guardado, Gene Glynn, and Rudy Hernandez...." November 24
#Rays will bring each of the 3 finalists - Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu - in for interviews the week of Dec. 1, so no manager by Thanksgiving
Sources: #Rays have made Matt Joyce available on trade market and have had some talks with other clubs. He is comparable to Jay Bruce.
ESPN Los Angeles "The Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Joel Peralta and minor league left-hander Adam Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night in exchange for young right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. The move was the first major league trade under new Dodgers president of baseball..." November 22
BREAKING: #Rays managerial finalists are Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. Bench coach Dave Martinez is out.
#Brewers keep one of their best assets: Special asst. to GM Craig Counsell is no longer in consideration for Tampa manager job.
#Rays will DFA C Jose Molina tonight as they clear roster space. Is signed for $2.75M for 2015.
Tampa Bay Times "The former manager of the Rays is just as curious as the rest of us to see whom the next manager of the Rays will be. Joe Maddon has been impressed by the 10-man field of candidates the Rays came up with to replace him. "They've created a wonderful list, they really have," Maddon said...." November 16
ESPN.com "The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays. The trade, announced Friday night, is the first major move by new Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart. The Diamondbacks sent Tampa Bay two minor league prospects, infielder Andrew Velazquez and..." November 16
#Rays today interviewed Barry Larkin, completing first round.
#Rays LHP Beliveau removed from game after 1 1/3 IP in Japan, team checking if injured or precautionary. Was shown stretching left side.
Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays receive fresh talent, and Jeremy Hellickson enjoys a fresh start. The Rays receive names that include promise, and Hellickson enjoys the promise of a new beginning. Both parties receive what they need, and each side can enjoy another possibility. The trade Friday night..." November 15
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
Tampa Tribune "The city and the Tampa Bay Rays are close to a deal to let the baseball team explore alternative stadium sites across Tampa Bay, according to city council Chairman Bill Dudley. Details of the proposal remain confidential, but it would give the Rays 18 months to look for a new home and would..." November 12
#Rays are moving closer to dealing Jeremy Hellickson to an NL team. Likely this week
#Rays continued managerial interviews today, talking with Dave Martinez and Manny Acta.
#Rays launched manager interview process today by talking with Counsell, Ibanez and Wakamatsu by phone.
#Rays launched manager interview process today by talking with Counsell, Ibanez and Wakamatsu by phone.
ESPN.com "Bench coach Dave Martinez and longtime major league player Raul Ibanez are among eight candidates on the preliminary list the Tampa Bay Rays are considering for their next manager. President of baseball operations Matt Silverman released what he described Thursday as a preliminary list of..." November 07
Dave Martinez, Charlie Montoyo, Manny Acta, Ron Wotus, Don Wakamatsu, Raul Ibanez, Craig Counsell, Kevin Cash are #Rays manager candidates.
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays today are expected to name the 12 or so candidates to replace Joe Maddon. They haven't said exactly what they're looking for, beyond someone to maintain the current clubhouse culture, but it's safe to assume their next manager needs to communicate well; welcome analytical and statistical..." November 06
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
Maddon- This is a 1 in 107 year opportunity . The challenge is fabulous . This is an extraordinary moment . Different from any other
CBSSports.com "In a real effort to try to stay in Tampa Bay, Joe Maddon is said to have made an offer to the Rays to remain their manager before ultimately agreeing to be the Cubs manager for more money in the managerial mega-deal that's rocking Chicago. Maddon, following what one person described as talks..." November 03
Hardball Talk "Joel Peralta will be part of the Rays’ bullpen for another season, as Tampa Bay exercised the right-hander’s $2.5 million option for 2015. At age 38 he seemingly showed signs of decline, posting a 4.41 ERA this season following a four-year run in which he had a combined 3.07 ERA in 255 innings,..." November 03
Boston Globe "The Tampa Bay Rays are falling apart before our very eyes. Andrew Friedman. Gone. Joe Maddon. Gone. James Shields. Gone. David Price. Gone. Add poor attendance. Add no new stadium deal in sight. Add not a chance of adding top stars to enhance the product. Add a depleted farm system..." November 02
ESPN.com "The agent of new Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon denies any tampering allegations while insisting Maddon would have stayed in Tampa Bay if they had increased their offer. "Theo [Epstein] would not even have talked unless he got clearance from the commissioner's office," agent Alan Nero said on..." November 02
Hardball Talk "The Cubs fired manager Rick Renteria yesterday, clearing the way for Joe Maddon to be introduced as his replacement on Monday. If you have followed this situation at all, you know that it’s been the worst kept secret in the game over the past couple of days. The Rays remain curious about how it..." November 02
CBSSports.com "The Rays were expected to pick up the $7.5 million option on second baseman Ben Zobrist for 2015 - and they announced it Friday. Zobrist was among the most productive players on an offense that struggled to score." October 31
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays first major decision of the off-season has to come by Saturday night. While some team options decisions don't have to be made until Monday night - five days after the end of the World Series - Ben Zobrist's option comes with a Saturday deadline. It shouldn't be much of a decision..." October 31
All systems remain “go” for Maddon and #Cubs. Announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.
joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports
CBSSports.com "Joe Maddon is about to become the new manager of the Cubs, sources tell CBSSports.com. Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing to a mega deal, according to people familiar with the situation. The Cubs and agent Alan Nero denied that a deal is done, but people familiar with the..." October 29
Tampa Bay Times "In response to questions stemming from weekend media reports, the Rays issued a statement this afternoon saying they have not had talks with representatives of Montreal or any other city - including Tampa - about relocation and remain committed to making it work in the Tampa Bay area. The full..." October 28
MLB.com "Joe Maddon hopes Rays fans will understand his decision to exercise an opt-out clause to manage the Rays in 2015, essentially making him a free agent to field unknown offers. "I just hope they will understand that this was a unique opportunity for me and my family, and beyond that, the..." October 27
CBSSports.com "The Tampa Bay Rays suffered two huge losses this month, as long-time general manager Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon left the team. Friedman is now the Dodgers president of baseball operations and Maddon is looking for a new managerial job after opting out of his contract. Both were key..." October 27
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays will have a new manager in the dugout but expect to keep their coaching staff intact. The seven coaches are all signed through the upcoming season, as former manager Joe Maddon was before opting out of his contract Friday, and are being told to plan on coming back under a new..." October 27
Tampa Bay Times "Dave Martinez Current Rays bench coach, has interviewed for five other manager jobs, well-liked in clubhouse. Would maintain continuity. Gabe Kapler Former Rays player and part-time consultant, currently doing TV for Fox Sports. Bright, analytical, outside-the-box hire Rays are known..." October 25
Hardball Talk "Everyone figured the Dodgers must have shelled out a ton of money to lure Andrew Friedman away from the Rays and now Buster Olney has the details: $35 million over five years. That’s obviously a ton of money, but $7 million per season means almost nothing to a Dodgers team with a $240 million..." October 25
Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Tampa Bay Rays. Will leave team immediately. pic.twitter.com/3DcKRblAJD
Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23
CBSSports.com "On Tuesday, the Dodgers changed the baseball landscape by announcing they have hired GM Andrew Friedman away from the Rays. He'll take over as their president of baseball operations. Friedman built contenders on a shoestring budget in Tampa, and now he'll have the game's largest payroll at his..." October 15
Hardball Talk "As soon as news broke that Andrew Friedman was leaving the Rays for the Dodgers speculation started about his luring manager Joe Maddon to join him in Los Angeles. One issue: Maddon, unlike Friedman, actually has a contract with the Rays and is under team control for 2015. It’s the final..." October 14
ESPN Los Angeles "The Los Angeles Dodgers named former Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman as their new president of baseball operations on Tuesday. Ned Colletti, who has been the Dodgers' general manager since 2005, will remain with the club in a new role as senior advisor to the president and CEO of..." October 14