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Ben Zobrist's $7.5M option exercised by Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Tampa Bay Rays. The two-time All-Star hit .272 this year with 10 homers and 52 RBIs. Next year he could become the first player to spend 10 seasons with the Rays. Zobrist, 33, is Tampa Bay's career leader in doubles (229) and walks (542). He started 74 games at second this season...
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Rays pick up 2015 option on Ben Zobrist

The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised the 2015 option on Ben Zobrist. Zobrist, 33, will make $7.5 million this coming season in the final year of his contract. Given the Rays needs and his future free agency, it would not be a complete shock if the Rays traded Zobrist this spring. Zobrist appeared in 146 games last season hitting .272/.354/.395 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI. HIs ability...
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No doubter: Rays exercise 2015 option on utility star Ben Zobrist

The Tampa Bay Rays made the easy call to exercise their 2015 club option for infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist. The option, worth $7.5 million, means a 10th season in a Rays uniform is within reach for the versatile player who has become one of Tampa Bay's most recognizable presences. He can be the first player in franchise history to play a 10th season with the Rays. "Ben...
Via Fox Sports Florida
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Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay wants manager in place by Thanksgiving

The Tampa Bay Rays continue their search for a new manager following the sudden resignation of Joe Maddon who won 754 games over nine seasons at the helm of the Rays.  Although they ranked a solid 13th in the Major Leagues in ERA, the Rays were hurt by an offense that ranked 27th in runs scored. All told, the Rays struggled to 77 wins and a fourth place finish in the American...
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Report: Joe Maddon to become Cubs manager

There have been a ton of rumors surrounding Joe Maddon and the possibility that the recently departed former Tampa Bay Rays manager would become the new Chicago Cubs head man. According to CBS Sports insider Jon Heyman that is about to become a reality. joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 29, 2014 Maddon opted out...
Via Sportsnaut
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Ozzie Guillen: Joe Maddon 'one guy I'd love to coach for'

Joe Maddon’s managerial free agency has drawn the attention of at least one former skipper. Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday he wants to return to Major League Baseball. Guillen, who previously managed the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins, apparently doesn’t need to be a staff’s head honcho, either, particularly if Maddon is leading the charge as manager...
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Maddon on leaving Rays: 'I hope they don't feel betrayed'

Joe Maddon is an opportunist. Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract over the weekend, meaning he will not manage the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. According to Maddon, the opportunity to become a managerial free agent was one he couldn’t pass up, though he’s leaving the Rays on amicable terms. “I just hope they will understand that this was a unique opportunity for me...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

OH, CANADA! Is Montreal getting a Baseball Team named the Tampa Bay Rays?

With the financial hardships facing the Tampa Bay Rays, there is renewed talk that the franchise’s owner is exploring the possibility of moving his team North of the Border, giving Canada two American League East teams to call their own and Montreal a team for the first time since 1995 when the Expos moved to Washington, D.C. Did Andrew Friedman know something when he left the...
Via 110 Nation Sports
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Rays Owner Has Discussed Moving Team to Montreal

This almost seems inevitable when considering how poor the Tampa Bay Rays’ attendance has been over the years. Their fans will say different but the numbers don’t lie. The Rays have consistently struggled to draw fans since their inception in 1998, and have managed the lowest attendance among American League clubs in two of the last three seasons. Beset with a disinterested fan...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Agent: Joe Maddon prepared to sit out season if need be

Free-agent manager Joe Maddon doesn't have many viable options if he wants to manage a ballclub in the 2015 season. Three teams (Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks) have already hired managers, and that really only leaves him with a few choices. The Minnesota Twins are the only club with an actual job opening, but that would be a downgrade from his previous...
Via The Sports Daily
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Rays' Kevin Kiermaier named American League Gold Glove Award finalist

Kevin Kiermaier became a surprise defensive standout for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, and he has received recognition for his impact. Kiermaier, 24, was named an American League Gold Glove Award finalist among right fielders Thursday. The native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, grew into an everyday player for the Rays by late May and became known for his highlight-reel-worthy catches...
Via Fox Sports Florida
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Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria Was Worried About Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard After Hit By Vontae Davis

If you live in the Indianapolis or Cincinnati areas you might have heard a loud "ooohhh!" or maybe "daammnnn!" around the time the Colts-Bengals game was on. Why you ask? Because Colts defensive back Vontae David laid a hit on Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard that was so hard (and completely legal) that his unborn grandchildren felt the pain.It was pretty...
Via FatManWriting
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Sign Michael Kohn

The Tampa Bay Rays have filled out their 40-man roster by inking right handed relief pitcher, Michael Kohn to a major league contract, the team announced Thursday. Kohn, 28, elected free agency in September after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated him for assignment. The move came as a surprise to many as he was coming off of a very productive 2013 season and in the midst...
Via On-Base Talk
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Moneyball comes to LA: Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman

Due in large part to Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, analytical baseball ideology has often sold as a necessity for low-revenue franchises to compete with teams who have vastly more resources. The A’s story was written as brains overcoming riches, and a number of teams in smaller markets decided to emulate their success. Over the past decade, […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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