Tampa Tribune "Jake McGee took the mound Tuesday during the fourth inning for another inning of work this spring, and up stepped David Ortiz. Perfect. The left-handed McGee was hoping to face a left-handed batter Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Rays played the Boston Red Sox. Having faced three righties in his..." March 05
#Rays Zobrist (back) said he is feeling good but but it sounds like he won't get in a game until Wednesday.
#Rays Maddon says Hanigan will likely catch more than 50-percent of team's games this year, but no set pairings with pitchers quite yet
USA Today "Major League Baseball implemented an experimental, controversial rule Monday to protect catchers, prohibiting baserunners from initiating deliberate collisions at home plate in hopes of preventing concussions and injuries. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association,..." February 25
CBSSports.com "The Rays have joined the Mets in looking at possible trades for young Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, sources say. Tampa Bay may actually match up better with Seattle in such an endeavor, according to the sources. The Rays and Mariners had extensive trade talks earlier this winter..." February 25
#Rays Zobrist said his back is feeling better again today, may run and do some outside activities
Tampa Bay Times "It took INF Tim Beckham a long time to get to the big leagues, and, as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft, he took a lot of abuse along the way before making it in September. But just when he could feel some satisfaction, his career took a cruel twist as he tore the ACL in his right knee..." February 22
MLB.com "Heath Bell has spent the last few years bouncing back and forth from coast to coast like a ping pong ball: from San Diego to Miami to Arizona and now to Tampa Bay. "You'd think you'd sign a three-year deal and you'd stay in one place and not bounce around, but it's all right," the one-time..." February 22
Tampa Bay Times "LHP David Price said there were no reasons for questions, much less concern, about his decision to skip Wednesday's bullpen session. Simply put, pitching coach Jim Hickey made it optional, and the Rays ace, who had been throwing at the Trop for weeks before heading to camp, took him up on..." February 20
Tampa Tribune "2B Ben Zobrist reported to Rays camp Tuesday with the same positive outlook on this season as those who reported earlier in the week. “I feel stronger about this club than probably any other club that I’ve seen in Tampa Bay,” Zobrist said. “I feel that this club has the goods to be able to go..." February 19
Tampa Bay Times "Rays LHP Jake McGee is working on an answer to the complaints that he can't be effective throwing only a fastball. Two answers, actually. McGee is throwing a curveball and a changeup this spring, with plans to incorporate both into what now could be an intriguing three-pitch..." February 17
Tampa Bay Times "Veteran LHP Erik Bedard hasn't done much well the past two seasons, going a combined 11-26, 4.78 for the Pirates and Astros. But the Rays took the low-risk gamble of signing the 34-year-old to a minor-league deal Friday to see what he has left as they seek a fifth starter in Jeremy Hellickson's..." February 15
Fox Sports Florida "In the minutes after the Tampa Bay Rays' clubhouse opened for the first time, David Price kept smiling. About four months ago, the ace left-hander was written off among some -- and even himself -- as soon-to-be gone, bound to be traded, destined to join Matt Garza and James Shields as skilled..." February 14
MLB.com "Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop who spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, passed away early Friday morning, six days after suffering multiple strokes during an MLB alumni cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," according to Jim Fregosi Jr., the..." February 14
ESPN New York "Major League Baseball owners, despite earning more than $8 billion in revenue in 2013, voted in January to allow individual teams to slash or eliminate pension-plan offerings to their non-uniformed personnel. The vote, tabled a year earlier when the intention became public, quietly took place..." February 14
Tampa Tribune "It finally sank home for David Price that he was going to be with the Tampa Bay Rays this season when he crossed Price Boulevard in North Port this week as he drove into Charlotte County. “I’m definitely the happiest person in Port Charlotte,” Price said Friday morning. “I know there’s not a..." February 14
CBSSports.com "The Nationals have acquired catcher Jose Lobaton and two players to be named from the Rays in exchange for right-hander Nate Karns, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Topkin adds that the two players yet to be named are likely minor-leaguers. The switch-hitting Lobaton, age 29, is..." February 13
MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are likely to sign left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo noted yesterday that Tampa could add a veteran starter on a minor league deal in the near future and listed Bedard as a possibility (Twitter..." February 13
MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays and Nationals are again discussing a trade of catcher Jose Lobaton, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, with righty Nate Karns being contemplated as the return for the backstop. Topkin says that the deal could involve other players as well." February 12
Hardball Talk "The New York Daily News reports that, now that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants. Which, of course, just..." February 12
Fox Sports "You may have noticed that spring training is about to begin, yet baseball still has not banned home-plate collisions. Both the players and owners want to enact such a rule to protect catchers, but the issue -- somewhat like expanded replay -- is more complicated than it appears. As Hall of..." February 12
Fox Sports "Pete Rose, who remains banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games during his years as a player and as a manager, said Monday that his transgression isn’t quite as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs. “They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter..." February 11
Tampa Bay Times "Johnny Damon turned 40 in November and (apart from the WBC) hasn't played since August 2012, but he said he's not necessarily done, open to playing or managing, but only in the majors" February 09
Hardball Talk "Jonah Keri of Grantland reports that the Mariners have agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Fernando Rodney. The deal has incentives in it which could take it up to $15 million. Rodney was dominant for the Rays in 2012 and saved 37 games for them in 2013 while striking out 82 batters in..." February 07
MLB.com "Even though the Nationals signed catcher Koyie Hill to a Minor League deal on Wednesday, they are still looking for a backup catcher. MLB.com has learned that the Nats are interested in Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton, and the two clubs have been talking for a least a month. However, the..." February 06
SI.com "Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.” McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball. The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic..." February 05
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The dirt road that Texas Rangers scouts and officials navigated to reach the home of coveted prospect Jairo Beras has been altered by progress the past few years. An overpass, part of the major road improvements designed to make a tourist’s two-hour commute from Las Americas International..." February 05
Hardball Talk "With Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan behind the dish, Jose Lobaton is now expendable and the Rays could explore trading him, writes Mark Topkin for the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that, given the vagaries of the game of baseball, they’ll likely bring Lobaton to spring training in case either of..." February 03
Tampa Bay Times "Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last week and expected to be out until mid- to late-May, the Times has learned. Hellickon, 26, had loose bodies removed from his elbow by Dr. Koco Eaton in what is considered a minor procedure, and is likely to..." February 03
#Rays sign tooled-up CF Jeremy Moore to minor league deal, re-sign RHP Juan Sandoval.
wilson betemit agrees to minor league deal with #rays
The Mariners are in on Fernando Rodney. With the Mets and O's, that makes three teams that we know of.
Rizzo confirms #Nats were in on Grant Balfour, but says allure of Balfour "sleeping in his own bed" in FL won out.
ESPN.com "In the wake of the Mets losing out on Grant Balfour, Sandy Alderson has been in dialogue with free-agent closer Fernando Rodney's representatives, a source familiar with the team's interest told ESPNNewYork.com. Rodney, 36, went 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and recorded 37 saves last season with the..." January 24
MLB.com "There was a time -- and it was not that long ago -- when Shin-Soo Choo was routinely labeled "underrated." A Sports Illustrated player poll in 2011 dubbed him the most underrated player in baseball. Opposing managers would routinely use the U-word when sizing up Choo's skills. When the Reds..." January 24
Rotoworld "The deal is now official, which means that Balfour has passed his physical. The Orioles nixed a two-year, $15 million deal with Balfour back in December over some health concerns (reportedly due to his wrist and knee), but he has landed in a good situation in his return to Tampa Bay, where he'll..." January 24
Sources: Rays deep into discussions with closer Grant Balfour. Believed to be talking about a two-year, $12M deal.
#Rays Maddon on bullpen depth: "Theoretically it's really outstanding... The names are about as good a stack of names as we've had."
Tampa Tribune "Alex Torres became a major piece in the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen last season, and because of that, he became a major piece in a seven-player swap with the San Diego Padres that addressed an area of need on the Rays roster. Tampa Bay acquired infielder Logan Forsythe, right-handed pitchers Brad..." January 23
MLB Daily Dish "The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Logan Forsythe from the San Diego Padres in a multi-player trade, according to a league source. Alex Torres is likely headed to San Diego in the deal, and each team seems set to receive additional prospects. The trade is likely to be announced on Friday,..." January 22
CBSSports.com "By 2015, all 30 MLB ballparks must have either handheld or walk-through metal detectors in place, the league has informed teams. "This procedure, which results from MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in..." January 21
Tampa Bay Times "Given their financial profile and the ongoing industrywide escalation in player salaries, the Rays can't afford not to consider trading ace David Price if an unexpectedly overwhelming offer came along in the next few weeks, or even months. But given the investment in this season's team, with..." January 19
#Rays agree to terms with Hellickson $3.65 mil, Rodriguez $1.475 mil, McGee $1.45 mil, Lobaton $950,000 and Ramos $749,750
Hardball Talk "David Price and the Rays won’t be going through an arbitration hearing, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $14 million contract. For comparison, Tampa Bay’s entire payroll last season was $58 million. Price will be arbitration eligible for the final time in 2015 before hitting the open..." January 16
Tampa Tribune "It was the Facebook post about the strip club that ended Josh Sale's 2013 season, that led to his suspension by the organization and sent the Tampa Bay Rays 2010 first-round pick home to, as Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said, grow up. On Wednesday, Sale stood in front of a locker in the..." January 16
Tampa Tribune "The Rays had seven players — RHP Jeremy Hellickson, OF Matt Joyce, C Jose Lobaton, LHP Jake McGee, LHP David Price, LHP Cesar Ramos and UTL Sean Rodriguez — file for arbitration on Tuesday." January 15
ESPN.com "A few months ago, even a few weeks ago, it looked as if the final details of baseball's bold new replay world were going to be dropped into place at the January owners meetings. Uh, not so fast. One slight problem: MLB still hasn't cut a deal with either the players' or umpires' unions. Not..." January 15