Rays Rumors & News

  • 1d
    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

  • 1d
    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

  • 1d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

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

  • 2d
    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.

  • 2d
    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

  • 7d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays today interviewed Barry Larkin, completing first round.

  • 8d
    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

  • 13d
    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

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

  • 14d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

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

  • 15d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

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

  • 15d
    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

  • 16d
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

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

  • What Rays might be looking for in a manager

    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

  • 17d
    Mike DiGiovanna @MikeDiGiovanna

    Another #Angels deal: They acquire LHP Cesar Ramos from #Rays for RHP Mark Sappington.

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    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

  • 19d
    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Maddon- This is a 1 in 107 year opportunity . The challenge is fabulous . This is an extraordinary moment . Different from any other

  • Before taking big Cubs deal, Maddon made olive branch offer to Rays

    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

  • Rays pick up $2.5 million option on Joel Peralta

    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

  • Tampa Bay Rays have suffered some losses

    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

  • Maddon agent: Tampering talk silly

    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

  • Rays considering filing tampering charges against Cubs

    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

  • Rays bring back 2B Ben Zobrist by exercising option

    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

  • Ben Zobrist option decision due by Saturday

    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

  • 23d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    All systems remain “go” for Maddon and #Cubs. Announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.

  • 24d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports

  • Joe Maddon is to become Cubs manager

    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

  • Rays say no talks with Montreal, remain committed to Bay area

    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

  • Joe Maddon talks about why he chose to leave the Rays

    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

  • Report: Rays owner has discussed moving team to Montreal

    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

  • Rays plan to retain entire coaching staff

    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

  • Who's the next Tampa Bay Rays manager?

    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

  • Andrew Friedman got $35 million to leave the Rays for the Dodgers … and he might be underpaid

    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

  • 30d
    Covers @Covers

    Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Tampa Bay Rays. Will leave team immediately. pic.twitter.com/3DcKRblAJD

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    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

  • Joe Maddon: 'I'm a Ray,' shoots down speculation about joining Dodgers

    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

  • Joe Maddon to the Dodgers? Rays manager “absolutely” wants to stay in Tampa Bay

    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

  • Friedman to Dodgers; Colletti gets new role

    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

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • Maddon eager to extend contract with Rays

    Tampa Tribune "With 2014 officially in the books, Rays manager Joe Maddon is entering the final year of his contract. He said before Sunday’s game that he would like to manage for 10 more seasons and that he would like to manage the Rays beyond this contract. “I believe it will work out,” Maddon said about..." September 30

  • Indians bring down curtain on 2014 with 7-2 win over Tampa Bay

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians, headed nowhere but home, ended their season Sunday at Progressive Field. The last game of the year, without an invitation to the postseason, is always a wistful time. There is regret, hope and anticipation for what is to come. In Sunday's 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay, there was..." September 29

  • Rays shut out Indians

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are set after Saturday's 2-0 win over the Indians to close out their least productive offensive season in franchise history and finish last in the American League in runs. But manager Joe Maddon made clear — again — that hitting coach Derek Shelton is not to blame and is expected to..." September 28

  • Rays attendance drops for third year

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays maintained a disappointing trend this season — the third consecutive year of declining attendance. An average of 17,857 people came out for games at Tropicana Field this year, down from 18,646 in 2013 and 19,255 in 2012, the lowest per-game attendance in the league. With..." September 28

  • Corey Kluber fantastic in victory over Rays

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians took the field Friday night with ultra-high stakes for team and individual. The individual took care of the team. Right-hander Corey Kluber allowed five hits and struck out 11 in eight innings as the hanging-by-a-thread Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0, at Progressive..." September 27