Tampa Tribune "Who is the closer? Maybe the question should be: Who’s not? The Tampa Bay Rays enter the regular season with six relievers on their active roster who have totaled 164 career saves, though the bulk of those belong to Grant Balfour (84) and Ernesto Frieri (71). Those two are both looking to..." April 01
Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays appear to have found the starting pitcher they were looking for to fill out their injury-depleted rotation, acquiring right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from Seattle late Tuesday in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery. Ramirez, 24, has pitched parts of three seasons for the Mariners, going..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01
Tampa Bay Times "Tampa Bay's five-year stalemate over a new baseball stadium continues — with no obvious end in sight. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman decided Monday he doesn't have enough City Council votes to forge an agreement that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore potential new stadium sites on..." March 31
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays moved a step closer to settling their final roster Monday by reassigning two of the non-roster pitchers competing for jobs, RHP Brandon Gomes and LHP Everett Teaford, plus six others. Also told they will not make the opening day roster were C Mayo Acosta, OF Corey Brown, OF Joey..." March 30
Source: Former Twin Scott Diamond signs a MiLB deal with Tampa. #mntwins
#Rays Colome threw a 40-pitch bullpen today
#Rays Smyly will throw a bullpen Sunday and Cash said there's a chance he could throw live BP in his next throwing session
#Rays Cobb said he has not yet been cleared to throw, hopes to be soon.
Tampa Tribune "New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday morning the biggest issue facing the Tampa Bay Rays is the need for a new ballpark that would attract more fans and generate a bigger revenue stream. He said the team needs the cooperation of the local government to resolve the..." March 26
Fox Sports Florida "A new Tampa Bay Rays starter for Opening Day has been named: Right-hander Chris Archer. Kevin Cash announced the choice to reporters on Thursday in Port Charlotte, Florida. The move to start Archer against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6 at Tropicana Field comes as little surprise after..." March 26
Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays will honor Don Zimmer, a beloved baseball figure, by retiring his uniform No. 66 on Opening Day. On Tuesday, the team made the announcement to retire the number, which will happen during a ceremony before the Rays face the Baltimore Orioles on April 6 at Tropicana Field...." March 24
MLB.com "Nick Franklin joined the list of injured Rays on Monday, and the infielder could miss the start of the season. The candidate to play second base tweaked his left oblique on his last swing of batting practice prior to the game. When asked if the injury might delay the start of his season,..." March 23
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays have decided that Asdrubal Cabrera will be their everyday shortstop after all. When the Rays signed Cabrera in January, they said they would determine during spring training whether to keep him at shortstop, where there had been talk of diminished range; move him to second base; or..." March 23
Tampa Tribune "LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) became the first of the three injured members of the Rays rotation to throw off a mound when he threw 20 fastballs Saturday morning. “Felt great,” Smyly said. It was the first time Smyly had pitched since March 6, when he first felt tightness in his..." March 22
#Rays Cash said Rivera has left calf tightness, may get in a game as DH next few days
#Rays Balfour will make his first game appearance on Monday
Another post-game note, #Rays said Smyly played catch at a distance of 100 feet, is scheduled if all is well to throw off the mound Saturday
Tampa Bay Times "The tightness in Alex Cobb's right forearm that forced him from Tuesday's game has been diagnosed as tendinitis, which is relatively good news but seems likely to keep him from making his opening day start. Cobb left Tuesday's game against the Phillies after three innings and had an MRI exam...." March 18
Fox Sports Florida "Alex Cobb was removed from his start Tuesday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies for precautionary reasons with right forearm tightness, but he seemed unconcerned about the severity of his condition. He will be further evaluated. Cobb threw 32 pitches, 25 for strikes, in three innings..." March 17
Fox Sports Florida "It will be a surprise if someone other than Asdrubal Cabrera starts at shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day. He looks the part: He's lean and athletic, something like the baseball equivalent of a cornerback, and he's seasoned and secure in his ability. Now he can add "inspired" to..." March 17
#Rays Cash said looking like Smyly won't be ready for his 1st start of season. Still thinks he could miss only 1 start.
#Rays McGee (elbow surgery) said he will throw his 1st bullpen on Tuesday.
#Rays Cash said "status quo" on Colome, who could be released from hospital today, has pneumonia
#Rays Silverman says they will explore internal and external options given potential Colome and Smyly won't be ready to start season
#Rays Colome has been hospitalized in being treated for pneumonia, Cash said
#Rays Cash did say Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is feeling better and is set to play catch on Sunday, which is a step forward
The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14
CBSSports.com "New Rays manager Kevin Cash, the man who replaced the iconic Joe Maddon, has something in common with Maddon: Cash, along with Maddon, has the most job security of any big-league manager, if you go by years remaining on one's contract. Both have five years to go after signing new..." March 13
Per game notes, the #Rays have signed LHP Johnny Venters to a two-year minor league deal. Venters is recovering from his third TJ surgery
#rays Smyly said his shoulder tendinitis is not serious. Will rest a few days then resume throwing.
Tampa Bay Times "LHP Drew Smyly's delay in pitching in exhibition games is due to more than his preference for a different schedule than what the Rays use for other pitchers. Smyly came to camp behind in his throwing program due to a strained tendon in his left middle finger that sidelined him for about six weeks..." March 08
#Rays DH John Jaso, hit by a pitch in the first inning, has a bruised lower right leg.
#Rays Guyer sidelined at least a few days after feeling "a little grab" in left side. Doesn't think it's an oblique, or anything serious.
CBSSports.com "Wil Myers went from ballyhooed prospect to Rookie of the Year to Rays discard in what seems like no time flat. If that seems strange to the rest of us, it was even stranger to him. “That was different,” Myers said in Padres camp where he is expected to play center field between sluggers Justin..." March 07
Tampa Tribune "RHP Nathan Karns took the first steps Thursday toward building a case for the final spot in the Rays’ rotation, but manager Kevin Cash said not to rule out the pitcher expected to get the job before camp began. RHP Alex Colome, who is out of options and figured to be the fifth starter at least..." March 06
#Rays Silverman says Colome throwing at D.R. complex, "hopefully next week" for visa to be approved
This is interesting; #Rays non-roster invitee RHP Ronald Belisario seen in clubhouse with his left arm in a sling
#Rays say Belisario was injured getting out of a swimming pool several weeks ago. Won't be ready to start season.
#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.
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
In talking about Jennings, #Rays Cash mentions getting him away from leadoff mentality, may hit him 5th or 6th
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
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
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
#Rays may put in a bid on Cuban free agent Moncada but price expected to be well out of their range