Rays Rumors & News

  • Rays Release David Carpenter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have released veteran righty David Carpenter, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Twitter. Also cut loose from the organization was fellow right-hander Jeff Walters. Signed to a minors deal over the winter, the 31-year-old Carpenter was hoping to make it back to the majors..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Rays Could Trade From Pitching Depth

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays could strike a late-spring deal involving one of their pitchers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). It’s not immediately clear how likely that scenario is, but it’s interesting that it’s a real consideration at this stage of camp. Tampa Bay already parted with..." March 21

  • USA didn't recall Archer due to his pitching schedule

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Chris Archer chose his words carefully, but it was clear he was disappointed to wake up early Sunday to a text telling him not to take his scheduled flight to Los Angeles because he wouldn't be pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic final. "I don't know what happened other than..." March 20

  • Alex Cobb bracing himself for possible farewell season with Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "Is there anything wrong with thinking about saying goodbye when you're not 100 percent sure you're leaving? Alex Cobb is no dumb blond. He's savvy enough to know the history — that as a frontline starting pitcher headed to free agency, he most likely will be traded by the Rays during the..." March 19

  • Rays ace Chris Archer won't rejoin Team USA, says he wanted to pitch again in WBC

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer said he will not rejoin Team USA for the World Baseball Classic after being told that he would not pitch in the final round of the tournament. Archer tweeted the news Sunday morning, hours after the U.S. defeated the Dominican Republic to secure a spot in the WBC..." March 19

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Kevin Kiermaier deal is relief for him and safe risk worth taking for Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "For a guy who said he couldn't talk much about the six-year, $53.5 million contract extension he will soon sign, Kevin Kiermaier shared how thankful, humbled and blessed he felt. "I'm very grateful for the Rays to do this for me," he said Wednesday morning. What Kiermaier should also feel is..." March 16

  • Rays' De Leon added to Puerto Rico roster at WBC

    CBS Sports "De Leon was added to Puerto Rico's active roster for the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. De Leon pitched three innings for the Rays on Monday, so he likely won't be available to pitch for Puerto Rico in the very near future. " March 15

  • Kevin Kiermaier, Rays agree to 6-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays and outfielder Kevin Kiermaier have agreed to a 6-year deal that will pay him more than $50 million, sources told FanRag Sports. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was the first to report that a deal was imminent. Kiermaier, who turns 27 next month, has set a standard in the..." March 14

  • If Braves want to win, they must trade for Evan Longoria right now

    ESPN "When you Google “Evan Longoria” and “trade rumors” you get 44,700 results, which doesn’t quite match the 584,000 results you get by Googling “Evan Longoria” and “wife,” but it does suggest that the Tampa Bay Rays third baseman isn’t exactly immune to trade gossip. During the offseason, he was..." March 13

  • USA's Archer leaves perfect game early due to arrangement with Rays

    MLB.com "Making his World Baseball Classic debut, fulfilling a dream more than a decade in the making, right-hander Chris Archer flamed up to 97 mph and scattered 41 pitches over four perfect innings in Team USA's 3-2 walk-off win over Colombia on Friday night at Marlins Park in Miami. "It was amazing...." March 11

  • 5 MLB contract year players looking to cash in

    Yardbarker "The mythical contract year can be either a boon or a drag on an athlete. Some respond well, knowing that with a strong season, they can enter free agency as a hot commodity and really make a lot of money on the open market. Others feel the pressure and drag their value down as they struggle to..." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • Chris Archer says WBC offers opportunity to 'show we are united'

    Sporting News "The World Baseball Classic is underway, and for one United States player it offers an opportunity to unify a country he says is in political distress. Rays ace Chris Archer, who is set to pitch Game 1 for the U.S. on Friday against Colombia, believes this year's tournament is even more..." March 07

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Odorizzi replaces Gray on U.S. squad at WBC

    Fantasy Pros "Six days ago it was announced that Sonny Gray would be forced out of the tournament due to an insurance issue. On Friday, Jon Morosi broke that Gray's replacement would be Jake Odorizzi. (Jon Morosi on Twitter) Fantasy Impact Some may view this a negative for Odorizzi, but overall this is a..." March 04

  • Infielder Brett Lawrie's a free agent, and here's five places he could land

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the Chicago White Sox released second baseman Brett Lawrie. We’ve since covered the White Sox’s perspective on the surprising move . The obvious follow-up to ask is this: What does the future hold for Lawrie? Sure, he’s dealing with a mysterious leg injury. Yes, his livewire..." March 04

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • 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