Rays Rumors & News

  • Rocco Baldelli is the Rays’ new first base coach

    Hardball Talk "Health problems forced Rocco Baldelli into early retirement in his twenties, but he’s stayed in baseball working for the Rays’ in a front office role and now he’s back on the field as Tampa Bay’s new first base coach. Baldelli, who’s still just 33 years old, joins 37-year-old rookie manager..." December 19

  • 18h
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    should be big deal announced sometime soon, perhaps tonite. the wil myers, 11-plsyer, 3-team extravaganza is still a go.

  • Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade

    Hardball Talk "A massive three-team, 11-player trade has officially been agreed upon between the Rays, Padres, and Nationals. Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and ESPN.com was first to post the entire breakdown … RAYS GET … Steven Souza, outfielder, from Nationals Travis Ott, pitcher, from Nationals Rene Rivera,..." December 18

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Turner, Joe Ross to #Nationals. Myers, Hanigan, Jose Castillo to #Padres. Souza, Ott, Rivera, Smith, Bauers to #Rays (Souza, Ott from Nats).

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Though #Rays are discussing several scenarios of bigger deals, can report that neither Zobrist nor Longoria are involved, so there's that.

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    If Myers deal goes thru to #Padres, #Rays will spin players to #Nationals to get Intl Lge MVP Steve Souza

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Nationals top need is 2B, but have been told Zobrist would not be part of deal from #Rays to Wash

  • Padres, Rays discussing trade involving Wil Myers

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported last week that the Rays had received calls from “about a half-dozen teams” regarding the availability of young outfielder Wil Myers. And it appears the Tampa Bay front office was paying attention to those calls … According to FOX Sports’ Ken..." December 17

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Padres, #Rays discussing significant trade. Talks involve a number of players. Wil Myers would be main piece going to SD.

  • 2d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    And #Rays announce Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday, will start year on DL

  • Rays’ Matt Joyce traded to Angels for relief pitcher

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays today traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen. Jespen, 30, had a 2.63 ERA for the Angels in 2014 in 74 appearances, 65 of which were scoreless. Joyce, 30, a Tampa Bay area native, hit .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 140..." December 16

  • Rays sign Bobby Wilson, Corey Brown and Eugenio Velez

    Hardball Talk "The Rays announced this afternoon that they have signed catcher Bobby Wilson, outfielder Corey Brown and infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez to minor league contracts. All three players received invitations to major league spring training, but figure to serve as minor league depth in..." December 13

  • Rays expect stars to bounce back next year

    Tampa Tribune "Rays manager Kevin Cash saw Evan Longoria play six times last year, not enough of a sample to form an opinion of what Longoria’s 2014 season looked like. But from what Cash has heard from his new bosses in the front office, he does know this: Longoria struggled. Why? “It sounded like he put..." December 11

  • Rays drawing some interest in Wil Myers

    Tampa Bay Times "Matt Joyce is the outfielder the Rays are most likely to trade. But Wil Myers is the outfielder that could bring the Rays the most in trade. About a half-dozen teams have called the Rays about Myers, the 2013 AL rookie of the year who had a disappointing and injury-interrupted 2014 season,..." December 10

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014

    Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10

  • Stuart Sternberg says that if the Rays can’t get a new stadium, he’s selling the team

    Hardball Talk "Rays owner Stuart Sternberg spoke with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times this morning in the wake of the news that the team had reached a deal allowing it to search for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County. The big takeaway: he’s selling the team if he can’t get a new ballpark in the Tampa..." December 09

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays most obvious need is a 2nd catcher (w/experience) to backup Hanigan, and Silverman said it is something they're “working to address.”

  • 13d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Kevin Cash will be the #Rays’ new manager.

  • Ibanez withdraws from Rays’ managerial search

    Tampa Tribune "Raul Ibanez has withdrawn from the Tampa Bay Rays manager search, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team has yet to confirm the news but an announcement is expected later this afternoon. Ibanez was scheduled to interview today with the Rays’ front office. The Rays..." December 04

  • Rosenthal: Rays' choice of next skipper will reveal future plan

    Fox Sports "David Price is gone. Joe Maddon is gone. Andrew Friedman is gone. The common perception is that the Rays, without their longtime ace, manager and GM, are headed for a fall. Only the Rays don’t see it that way. If anything, the Rays believe they could contend next season, just as they..." December 03

  • Injury-free Hellickson looks for bounceback season with D-backs

    Fox Sports Arizona "New Diamondbacks right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is the first to admit that had he known bone chips were rattling around in his right elbow during the 2013 season, he would have sought a remedy. But he did not. So he kept pitching. The Midwestern work ethic probably played into. The fact that..." December 02

  • Rays offer contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

    Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays tendered contracts to all six of their arbitration-eligible players Tuesday: Right-hander Alex Cobb, utility man Logan Forsythe, outfielder Desmond Jennings, outfielder Matt Joyce, reliever Jake McGee and left-hander Drew Smyly. The decisions were made before the non-tender..." December 02

  • Carlos Pena joins MLB Network as studio analyst

    Hardball Talk "In a move that presumably signals his retirement as a player, longtime big leaguer Carlos Pena has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst for the upcoming season. Pena was the 10th overall pick in the 1998 draft and played 14 seasons in the majors for eight different teams, including a brief..." December 01

  • Rays could give Logan Forsythe some playing time at first base

    Hardball Talk "At the end of yesterday’s column for the Tampa Bay Times, Mark Topkin suggests Logan Forsythe is likely to play some first base for the Rays at least during the spring next year. It’s a byproduct of the team designating Sean Rodriguez for assignment last week. Forsythe, who turns 28 in January,..." December 01

  • Rays cut ties with Rodriguez, add Frieri to bullpen

    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

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays sign RHP Ernesto Frieri to a 1-year major league contract and DFA inf Sean Rodriguez

  • 23d
    Bill Chastain @wwchastain

    Davey Martinez has decided to leave the Rays. #Rays

  • 23d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Another option for teams in need of SS: Yunel Escobar. #Rays will listen on anyone. Have alternatives at SS, including Zobrist.

  • 24d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays have placed Jose Molina and Cole Figueroa on release waivers; assuming they clear Wednesday they will be officially released

  • Twins hire new pitching coach Neil Allen from Rays’ minors

    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

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays will bring each of the 3 finalists - Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu - in for interviews the week of Dec. 1, so no manager by Thanksgiving

  • 27d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Sources: #Rays have made Matt Joyce available on trade market and have had some talks with other clubs. He is comparable to Jay Bruce.

  • Dodgers go to familiar well, get Rays' Peralta

    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

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    BREAKING: #Rays managerial finalists are Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. Bench coach Dave Martinez is out.

  • 28d
    Adam McCalvy @AdamMcCalvy

    #Brewers keep one of their best assets: Special asst. to GM Craig Counsell is no longer in consideration for Tampa manager job.

  • 28d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays will DFA C Jose Molina tonight as they clear roster space. Is signed for $2.75M for 2015.

  • Joe Maddon impressed with Rays' managerial candidates

    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

  • Jeremy Hellickson traded to D-backs

    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

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays today interviewed Barry Larkin, completing first round.

  • 33d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays LHP Beliveau removed from game after 1 1/3 IP in Japan, team checking if injured or precautionary. Was shown stretching left side.

  • Rays, Jeremy Hellickson each get fresh starts in trade with Diamondbacks

    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

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    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

  • St. Pete near deal to let Rays to look elsewhere

    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

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Rays are moving closer to dealing Jeremy Hellickson to an NL team. Likely this week

  • 40d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays continued managerial interviews today, talking with Dave Martinez and Manny Acta.

  • 41d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays launched manager interview process today by talking with Counsell, Ibanez and Wakamatsu by phone.

  • 41d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays launched manager interview process today by talking with Counsell, Ibanez and Wakamatsu by phone.

  • Dave Martinez, Raul Ibanez on Rays list

    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

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Dave Martinez, Charlie Montoyo, Manny Acta, Ron Wotus, Don Wakamatsu, Raul Ibanez, Craig Counsell, Kevin Cash are #Rays manager candidates.

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