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
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
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
Completing #Rays arb settlements, Smyly got $2.65M, with an additional $50,000 available based on games started
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
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
#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
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
#Rays sign 3B Juan Francisco (non-tendered by Red Sox) and OF Joey Butler (finished 2014 with Orix in Japan)
asdrubal deal is done with rays. $7.5M for 2015.
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
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
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
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
#Rays have had discussions with free agent Colby Rasmus, source says. They could add outfield bat, especially if they trade Zobrist.
Giants are out on Shields, never in on Scherzer and still trying to work a deal on Zobrist according to sources
ben zobrist seems very likely to go somewhere. since he plays just about everywhere, could go anywhere.
Sources: #Rays in agreement with Asdrubal Cabrera, pending physical.
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
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
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
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
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
should be big deal announced sometime soon, perhaps tonite. the wil myers, 11-plsyer, 3-team extravaganza is still a go.
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
Though #Rays are discussing several scenarios of bigger deals, can report that neither Zobrist nor Longoria are involved, so there's that.
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
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
And #Rays announce Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday, will start year on DL
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
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
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
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
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
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
#Rays most obvious need is a 2nd catcher (w/experience) to backup Hanigan, and Silverman said it is something they're “working to address.”
Sources: Kevin Cash will be the #Rays’ new manager.
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
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
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