Rays Rumors & News

  • 3m
    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    Alex Cobb will start Opening Day for the #Rays vs. #Orioles, @TBTimes_Rays reports.

  • 3d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Silverman says Colome throwing at D.R. complex, "hopefully next week" for visa to be approved

  • 3d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    This is interesting; #Rays non-roster invitee RHP Ronald Belisario seen in clubhouse with his left arm in a sling

  • 3d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays say Belisario was injured getting out of a swimming pool several weeks ago. Won't be ready to start season.

  • 4d
    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Rays release 2010 first-round LF Josh Sale, who hit .238/.313/.344 in 90 G at High-A Charlotte in 2014. Suspended for entire 2013 season.

  • 4d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    OF Boog Powell (yep, that's what he goes by) reported to #Rays camp today, so only RHP Alex Colome (delayed by visa) is not here

  • 6d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    In talking about Jennings, #Rays Cash mentions getting him away from leadoff mentality, may hit him 5th or 6th

  • Jennings reports to camp noticeably lighter

    MLB.com "Desmond Jennings isn't saying anything. He doesn't have to. Jennings' body is doing all the talking, and his body is saying the speedy outfielder intends to run more this season. Jennings arrived to the Rays' camp on Tuesday noticeably lighter than last season, when he showed up looking..." February 24

  • Drew Smyly criticizes the Yoan Moncada deal

    Hardball Talk "It was reported this morning that the Red Sox will sign Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada to a $31.5 million bonus. Boston will pay a 100-percent tax for exceeding their international draft pool, so the total outlay for the signing will be $63 million. $31.5 million is a huge sum to give to a..." February 23

  • Rays' McGee working back from elbow surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "Slowly but relatively surely, Rays LHP Jake McGee is working his way back from arthroscopic elbow surgery to what looks like a late April/early May return. "Day by day," he said. McGee has been playing catch three days a week at increasing distances, but has yet to throw off a mound. He said..." February 21

  • 10d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays may put in a bid on Cuban free agent Moncada but price expected to be well out of their range

  • Rays sign Jake Elmore

    Hardball Talk "Jake Elmore, who was dropped from the 40-man roster by the Pirates last week, has signed a minor-league deal with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training. Elmore has hit just .221 with a .579 OPS in 87 games as a big leaguer for three different teams, but he’s a career ." February 09

  • Rays manager Kevin Cash plans more stable lineup

    Tampa Bay Times "A lot of what the Rays do under new manager Kevin Cash will be similar to how they operated under Joe Maddon, such as getting statistical input from the front office and making extensive use of defensive shifts. But there will be some differences, and one thing Cash is talking a lot about is more..." February 08

  • Catching? John Jaso takes a break

    Tampa Bay Times "John Jaso will report to Rays camp this month with the rest of the catchers, like he has done the first 11 springs of his pro career. But for the first time he won't be doing any work behind the plate. Though cleared medically to resume catching after a concussion cut short a second..." February 07

  • St. Pete mayor upbeat about possible new deal with Rays

    Tampa Tribune "Mayor Rick Kriseman, after meeting with Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld on Wednesday, was optimistic an agreement can be reached with the city council by opening day of the baseball season to allow the team to explore other stadium locations. Kriseman resumed negotiations with the team..." February 05

  • Rays' Desmond Jennings says injured knee feels 100 percent

    Tampa Bay Times "The lingering left knee soreness that kept Desmond Jennings out of the Rays lineup over the final month of season is long gone, and the outfielder said he will head into spring training at full speed. "One hundred percent, and ready to play some baseball," Jennings said Monday at the Trop,..." February 03

  • 29d
    Rich Dubroff @RichDubroffCSN

    Former #Orioles INF Wilson Betemit suspended 50 games for amphetamine use. #OriolesTalk

  • Rays sign Alexi Casilla

    Hardball Talk "Tampa Bay has added some infield depth by signing switch-hitter Alexi Casilla to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Early in his career Casilla showed some promise with the Twins, but he never developed enough offensively to be a quality regular and is more of a..." February 02

  • 31d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays have signed RHP Ronald Belisario to minor-league deal, are likely to also sign INF Alexi Casilla. Both will compete for jobs in camp

  • Matt Moore throws off mound for first time since getting Tommy John elbow surgery

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has the update: Matt Moore reached the next significant milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery Tuesday, throwing off the mound for the first time. Moore made 15 throws from about halfway up the bullpen mound at the Trop and said it couldn’t have..." January 28

  • Manfred available to help Rays solve stadium issue

    Tampa Tribune "New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he is willing to help the Tampa Bay Rays solve their ongoing stadium conundrum. Manfred discussed the Rays and Oakland Athletics’ stadium problems in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM. “I think it’s always important to bear in mind..." January 28

  • Ben Zobrist takes out newspaper ad to say goodbye to fans, teammates

    Fox Sports "Ben Zobrist said a heartfelt "goodbye" to his former fans and colleagues Sunday. The two-time All-Star, traded to the Oakland Athletics on Jan. 10, published a note to Tampa Bay Rays players, officials and fans in Sunday's edition of the Tampa Bay Times. The utility man spent nine seasons with..." January 19

  • What to expect from Alex Cobb in 2015

    D-Rays Bay "Alex Cobb had great 2013 and 2014 seasons, but now that David Price is gone, what can we expect from him in his first full season as the Rays ace? Underrated and overlooked. An approximation of an ace. Many writers and fans expressed their feelings in different ways about Alex Cobb in the past..." January 19

  • DeJesus deal among possible moves in play for Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "Even with all the changes so far, the Rays seem likely to make a few more moves before or during spring training. One would be trading veteran OF David DeJesus, who with the addition of fellow lefty swinger John Jaso as the primary DH seems reduced to occasional duty or insurance in case rookie..." January 18

  • 46d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Completing #Rays arb settlements, Smyly got $2.65M, with an additional $50,000 available based on games started

  • Rays' McGee could return in April from offseason elbow surgery

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee provided an encouraging update Tuesday, roughly one month after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery. The imposing left-hander could make his 2015 debut sooner than initially expected. McGee said shortly after his procedure that he may not be able to return..." January 13

  • Nationals, Mets, Rays discussed trade involving Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist

    Hardball Talk "The Rays sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in a trade with the Athletics on Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, however, the Rays discussed a three-way trade involving Zobrist with the Nationals and Mets, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. That deal would have sent Ian Desmond to..." January 12

  • 51d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays Silverman said Jaso could see time at 1B and will give OF a try during spring. sounded like Jaso's time at C will be limited

  • A's acquire utility man Zobrist, SS Escobar from Rays

    MLB.com "The A's replenished the depth of their lineup as well as their bench Saturday by acquiring utility man Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays. Oakland had to part with catcher John Jaso and two Minor League prospects, infielder Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog..." January 11

  • 52d
    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Rays sign 3B Juan Francisco (non-tendered by Red Sox) and OF Joey Butler (finished 2014 with Orix in Japan)

  • 52d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    asdrubal deal is done with rays. $7.5M for 2015.

  • 52d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Zobrist and Y. Escobar going to #Athletics, Jaso and Daniel Robertson going to #Rays. First reported: @susanslusser.

  • The Nationals are “not actively pursuing” a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist

    Hardball Talk "The Rays reportedly have Ben Zobrist on the block and he would make sense for just about anybody, but especially for a team who has World Series aspirations like the Nationals. However, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that Washington is “not actively pursuing” a trade for the versatile..." January 10

  • 54d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Rays official confirms St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman's statement per @StadiumShadow that there is "no timetable" for resumption of talks.

  • Myers hopes for healthy season in San Diego

    Tampa Tribune "On Tuesday, former Rays right fielder Wil Myers made his first comments since his December trade to the San Diego Padres during the team’s press conference to introduce the newly acquired Myers, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Will Middlebrooks. Myers said he was surprised by the trade and that he..." January 07

  • Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame

    MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06

  • Should the Yankees look into trading for Ben Zobrist?

    Pinstripe Alley "According to recent reports, the Rays may be looking to move Ben Zobrist now that they have signed Asdrubal Cabrera. Although it is somewhat unlikely that the Yankees and Rays would trade amongst themselves, stranger things have happened. If Zobrist is available, should the Yankees look into..." January 06

  • 57d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Rays have had discussions with free agent Colby Rasmus, source says. They could add outfield bat, especially if they trade Zobrist.

  • 58d
    MLB Network Radio @MLBNetworkRadio

    Evans said, they are staying engaged in conversations with the #Rays about Ben Zobrist, but are realistic. #SFGiants

  • 59d
    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Giants are out on Shields, never in on Scherzer and still trying to work a deal on Zobrist according to sources

  • 59d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Am told #Braves not on Zobrist RT @WillSoprano: @DOBrienAJC if braves could extend him, think they consider gattis/zobrist + prospect trade?

  • 60d
    Robert Murray @RobertMurrayDR

    The #SFGiants are talking to the #Rays about a Ben Zobrist trade, sources tell @CoverThoseBases and me. Unknown if anything is close.

  • 63d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    ben zobrist seems very likely to go somewhere. since he plays just about everywhere, could go anywhere.

  • 63d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Rays in agreement with Asdrubal Cabrera, pending physical.

  • 63d
    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    can confirm @Ken_Rosenthal @JonHeymanCBS #Rays in agreement with Asdrubal Cabrera. Told it is a 1-yr contract

  • Giants may target Ben Zobrist

    Hardball Talk "In his latest “Daily Gammons” column, Peter Gammons suggests several GMs expect the Giants to make a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist. Zobrist can play a variety of positions, having logged at least 1,000 defensive innings at second base, right field, and shortstop over his nine-year career,..." December 27

  • Time to start looking at Ben Zobrist trade possibilities - because it's coming

    Fox Sports "Surprisingly, relatively little has been written or said about the possibility of a Ben Zobrist trade. That should change soon. There’s a decent chance Zobrist will be traded between now and Opening Day, for a number of reasons: • The Tampa Bay Rays’ financial circumstances dictate that..." December 25

  • The average major league salary is up to $3.8 million

    Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24

  • MLB, umpires reach agreement on new contract

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21

  • 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