Hardball Talk "You’re never too old to start learning how to play first base. Delmon Young, shockingly only 28 years old, has never played a single inning at first base in his entire professional baseball career, but he has been working out at the position lately in order to make himself more attractive as a..." December 08
Sam Fuld drawing interest not just from major-league clubs, but also a team in Japan.
Hardball Talk "First baseman James Loney had a career rebirth of sorts in 2013 with the Rays and the team would like to bring him back, but not at his current asking price, reports Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Loney is currently seeking a three-year, $27 million deal. If the Rays have to search for a..." December 08
Jesse Crain remains option for pen depending on his health. He could sign later in winter w someone after showing shoulder is good
MLB exec convinced Mariners' nest play is a David Price trade.
Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays officially announced Thursday the signing of Juan Carlos Oviedo, a right-hander who adds depth to the back of the bullpen in 2014 and could emerge as the closer. Oviedo signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract that can be worth as much as $2.9 million with..." December 06
Toronto Sun "David Price would look pretty good in a Blue Jays uniform, wouldn't he. Look good in a Seattle uniform, too. Look good in a Dodgers uniform, pretty snappy as an Angel, lovely in Rangers blue. Price, in fact, would look good in any uniform -- and that probably includes the Bishop Strachan..." December 06
Hardball Talk "The Legend of Sam Fuld, it appears, will live on. Fuld was non-tendered by the Rays earlier this week, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the 32-year-old outfielder has received “lots of interest” since hitting free agency. He’s only been on the market for a couple of days and is..." December 06
Yahoo! Sports "The David Price sweepstakes is expected to heat up later this week, multiple executives with interest in the left-handed ace told Yahoo Sports, as the Tampa Bay Rays begin to survey the market for the former Cy Young winner and consider whether to trade him. The Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles..." December 05
#Rays deal with Oviedo is official - $1.5-million, 1-year
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs bolstered the left side of their bullpen Wednesday night by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with free agent left-hander Wesley Wright. Wright, 28, was not tendered a contract Monday night by the Tampa Bay Rays. Wright posted a 3.69 ERA in 70 games with the Houston..." December 05
Kelly Johnson's deal with the Yankees may ultimately be worth between $3 million and $4 million, source says. @FOXSports1
#Rays are an unlikely fit for Ellis, at least at moment. Difficult to see how he could end up in Tampa Bay.
Source: James Loney started offseason seeking a four-year, $40M deal. Belief is he's now seeking something in the three-year, $27-30M range.
Clubs that have talked to #Pirates believe James Loney emerging as their top choice at 1B. Heard they've also asked on Adam Lind & Moreland
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays still need a first baseman, and team president Matt Silverman said this morning they are "hopeful" of re-signing free agent James Loney, who is also of considerable interest to the Pirates. "He's someone that we're interested in, and he knows that,'' Silverman said this morning on..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
New York Post "The Yankees are on the brink of signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract for between $2.75 million and $3 million, The Post has learned. Johnson’s primary position in the majors has been second base. So, he provides some insurance if Robinson Cano does leave. He is not considered a strong..." December 04
MLB.com "The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send reliever Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays. The Reds will receive left-hander David Holmberg from the D-backs, with Arizona receiving right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash..." December 04
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
I'm not sure about the particulars but apparently Heath Bell might be involved in this three-team trade with the Rays, Reds and Dbacks.
The Ryan Hanigan deal that agent Tom O'Connell negotiated with the Rays is for three years,$11 million. Great payday for the veteran catcher
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
The #rays are non-tendering outfielder Sam Fuld, according to a source.
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Rays Colored Glasses "When a great player hits the market, team after team is going to show interest in dealing for him. There is a major difference, though, between showing interest and actually putting together a package good enough for that player’s team to actually consider making the trade. Thus far, the offers..." December 01
Another piece for #Rays bullpen - hearing they are re-signing RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo (former Leo Nunez). Spent '13 rehabbing.
MLB.com "Advantage, Texas Rangers. David Price is the biggest name on the trade market -- headed to arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays for the third time and two years away from free agency. He's priced himself out of his franchise's economic model -- his projected salary of $13 million would take up..." November 30
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
Hearing #Rays won't have results of physical and thus an announcement on Jose Molina signing until early next week.
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Hearing Jose Molina will take physical Tuesday so that new 2-year deal with #Rays should be official late Tuesday or Wednesday.
SB Nation "The Tampa Bay Rays are interested in trading for Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The possibility of the team making a move for him has increased now that Texas has acquired Prince Fielder to play first base. Tampa Bay's first baseman in 2013,..." November 24
Hardball Talk "Jose Molina‘s ability to frame pitches will keep him in the league for at least another couple of years. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, he and the Rays have come to terms on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. The 38-year-old Molina doesn’t bring much else to the table at this point...." November 24
D-Rays Bay "Per Marc Topkin, the Rays have added four players to the 40 man roster: Infielder Vince Belnome, right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Kirby Yates and left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser will be headed to big league spring training with the Rays. The 40 man roster now stands at 37 in advance of..." November 20
Corey Hart says that his agent have talked to Boston, TB, Colorado and MIlw amongst other interested teams Sirius 209 XM 89
Hardball Talk "Not so long ago Jeff Niemann was a big part of the Rays’ plans, but the former No. 4 overall pick missed most of 2012 and all of 2013 with a fractured fibula followed by shoulder surgery and now Tampa Bay has dropped him from the 40-man roster. Niemann chose free agency, so he’ll be looking for..." November 18
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Tampa Tribune "Absent from the Tampa Bay Rays’ to-do list this winter is finding a designated hitter, which might be a sign the team has come to grips with the reality that it usually whiffs in that search. Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said at last week’s general managers..." November 17
Reliever Mark Lowe has agreed on minor league contract with #rays. Deal includes invite to big league spring training camp.
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
Denver Post "Replacing Todd Helton has the Rockies considering a wide range of options. They have expressed interest in free agents Mike Napoli and James Loney, according to a source with direct knowledge of their plans. Napoli, a key figure in the Red Sox’s World Series championship, turned down Boston’s..." November 14