Rays' Honeywell stingy in AFL win

Brent Honeywell, the Tampa Bay Rays' No. 2 prospect and No. 39 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 list, threw four shutout innings, allowing only one hit in an 8-2 Javelinas victory Monday.
Via Rays.com
18 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays Rumors: Mets, Yankees onto Smyly

 The makings of this trade could land the Tampa Bay Rays some pieces needed to getting back into contention, as well adding defensive depth. Run prevention and defense were the keys for the Tampa Bay Rays success during their playoff years. Last offseason, they altered that by adding more offense, which ultimately led to a […] Tampa Bay Rays Rumors: Mets, Yankees onto Smyly -...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
20 hours ago

Rays and ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Team Rankings 2016

ShareFor the 14th season, ESPN Magazine released its Ultimate Team Rankings. The Ultimate Team Rankings rank every team in the major pro sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) on eight different categories and weighs them to create an overall rankings. Data that composed the rankings was calculated partly from fan polling and partly from marketing companies. The goal of these rankings...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
3 days ago

Happy Anniversary Durham Bulls!

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the first Tampa Bay Rays - Durham Bulls affiliation agreement Happy 21st affiliated anniversary to the Tampa Bay Rays and Durham Bulls! On this date in 1996, the Devil Rays were granted the Durham Bulls as their Triple-A team for the start of the 1998 season. This was great for both sides. The Bulls would be making the jump from High-a, a move...
Via DRaysBay
3 days ago

Williams stays hot with big hits for Javelinas

Justin Williams, the Tampa Bay Rays' No. 15 prospect, put on a show at the plate Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored as the Peoria Javelinas beat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, at Surprise Stadium.
Via Rays.com
4 days ago

Examining Chris Archer’s 2016 Struggles

Why did the ace lose his edge in 2016? Chris Archer is indisputably the Rays ace. The 28 year old flamethrower strung together three straight stellar seasons from 2013-2015, but struggled amid ever-rising expectations and in 2016 watched his ERA climb above 4.00 for the first time since his cup of coffee in 2012. The talent is still there. He struck out 233 batters, many with his...
Via DRaysBay
4 days ago

Biscuits feature talent that could soon make impact in Tampa

Tampa Bay’s Double-A affiliate Montgomery played tremendous baseball in the second half of the season and punched a ticket to the Southern League playoffs. Although the postseason run for the Biscuits was short-lived — they fell in four games in the divisional round to the eventual-champion Jackson Generals — they ended the year with 76 wins, the third-most in franchise history...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 days ago

The Rays defense was bad in 2016

Rays valued run production over run prevention. It didn't work. Since 2008, there’s been one thing Rays fans have been more or less able to take for granted—high quality defense. The 2008 world series run was fueled by a truly incredible defensive performance of over 70 runs above average. Those Rays were able to exploit a market inefficiency at a time when few teams valued...
Via DRaysBay
6 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Potential Arbitration Issues Looming

With salary constraints, a dozen players headed to arbitration, the offseason work bestowed upon the Tampa Bay Rays will not come easy. Just a couple weeks removed from the end of the most disappointing season since 2007 for the Tampa Bay Rays, it’s time to take a look into the crystal ball and get a […] Tampa Bay Rays: Potential Arbitration Issues Looming - Rays Colored Glasses...
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8 days ago

Rays’ Chris Archer will again contribute to ESPN’s World Series coverage

Chris Archer will again be going from the mound to the media this October. The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher contributed to ESPN’s postseason coverage last fall and won praise for his fresh perspective. He’ll be back for Games 1, 2, and 5-7 (if necessary) of this year’s World Series, contributing to Baseball Tonight, ESPN Radio’s game coverage, and other ESPN shows. Here are more...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Non-Player Moves that Should be Made

Some important non-player moves that the Tampa Bay Rays should seriously think about making for 2017 that could benefit the team. Not every important move a team makes in the off-season involves players. Often they involve small but key moves that impact the team’s makeup and how it goes about its business on and off […] Tampa Bay Rays: Non-Player Moves that Should be Made -...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
12 days ago

2016 Tampa Bay Rays Attendance Review

ShareWelcome to our second attendance review of 2016 and our tenth annual attendance review of the Tampa Bay Rays. Today we will look at the home attendance of the 2016 Tampa Bay Rays. Total attendance: 1,286,163 (up 38,495 tickets sold (3%) from 2015: 1,247,668) Per Game Average: 15,878 (up 475 fans per game from 2015: 15,403) Highest attended games: 40,135 (Pride Night) Friday...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
13 days ago

Offseason Outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

Despite a last-place finish and their third straight losing season, the Rays are looking to reload rather than rebuild for 2017. [Rays depth chart, via Roster Resource] Guaranteed Contracts Evan Longoria, 3B: $94MM through 2022 ($13MM club option for 2023, $5MM buyout) Chris Archer, SP: $20.25MM through 2019 (plus club options for 2020-21) Logan Forsythe, 2B: $5.75MM through 2017...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
13 days ago

Rays outright four players; projected arbitration salaries for 2017

Drew Smyly projects to earn $6.9-million next season through arbitration. (Photo Credit: Unknown) The Tampa Bay Rays cleared four spots from the 40-man roster, outrighting LHP Dana Eveland and Justin Marks, as well as OF Jaff Decker and INF Juniel Querecuto. Additionally, MLB Trade Rumors published its early projections for salary arbitration, including 11 Rays players who are...
Via X-Rays Spex
13 days ago

Eveland becomes FA, but likely to return to Rays

Dana Eveland has elected to become a free agent, but he said he expects to re-sign with the Rays.
Via Rays.com
13 days ago

Adding Rays TV ratings to attendance

ShareA few weeks ago, Maury Brown of Forbes.com published television ratings for all 29 US MLB teams. While other Rays writers have mentioned that Rays ratings are down and how that is not a good thing for the Rays fanbase’s best argument. But what about Total Interaction – the amount of people per game that are engaging the product, either in person or on television? Ideally...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
15 days ago

Rays outright LHP Dana Eveland, 3 others to Triple-A Durham

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have outrighted left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland and three other players to Triple-A Durham. The club also announced Friday that outfielder Jaff Decker, infielder Juniel Querecuto and left-hander Justin Marks were outrighted to the minor league team.
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Juan Francisco Estrada, Ricky Burns And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

We’ve had several mild-mannered weeks of boxing in a row, but there’s no good excuse for not giving you the schedule anyway! So here it is. Juan Francisco Estrada vs Raymond Tabugon, Saturday, beIN Sports Espanol, Mexico. No, Estrada is not facing Dr. Mantis Toboggan, although he might as well be. Tabugon is a junior bantamweight out of the Philippines who is coming off a loss...
Via The Queensbury Rules
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays believe they're better than last-place finish

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays insist they aren't as bad as their worst finish in nearly a decade might suggest.You have to go all the way back to 2007, when the franchise was still known as the dreadful Devil Rays, for an inferior record to this year's 68-94 mark that matched the second-worst in the majors and kept Tampa Bay in the basement of a division that sent...
Via Associated Press
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Operations Data Engineer

Position: Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Operations Data Engineer Location: St. Petersburg, Fla. Description: The Tampa Bay Rays are a professional baseball team looking for a Data Engineer to join our Baseball Operations team. This position will be responsible for ensuring that our database meets the highest standards of accuracy and integrity. This includes designing and implementing...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Former top prospect Jesus Montero suspended 50 games

Jesus Montero was once a top prospect. Now, after spending the entire 2016 season in the minors with the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, Montero will start 2017 serving a 50-game suspension. Former top Yankees prospect Jesus Montero, now with the Blue Jays, has been suspended 50 games for stimulant use. He was at AAA this year. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 29, 2016...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Dickerson, Anti-Velo Bias, Melancon in DC, more

Corey Dickerson’s numbers with the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t as good as they were last year with the Colorado Rockies. That’s not surprising. Coors Field is an extreme hitter’s park and Tropicana Field leans pitcher. For Dickerson — acquired over the offseason in a trade for Jake McGee — his new ballpark hasn’t simply leaned. It’s tilted precipitately. The lefty-swinger...
Via Fangraphs
September 25, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB 2016 Farewells: Tampa Bay Rays

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Tampa Bay Rays. At this point in the Major League Baseball season, fans hear certain phrases...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 21, 2016  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays have fully embraced the spoiler role late in 2016 season

The spoiler — a position that is never envied and is always hated. Yet that is the role Tampa Bay has relegated themselves to after another sub-standard first-half of the 2016 MLB season that gave way to not being in contention in the second. The worst thing a team can do in the Rays (64-85)  position is to be totally unmotivated to even compete in ball-games, which fortunately...
Via isportsweb.com
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Tampa Bay Rays

It wasn’t supposed to go like this in 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays. They retooled their offense! Their pitching staff was strong! Their defense once again looked sturdy! But in a year where four of the five AL East teams are still in the hunt for the division title, one team has been off the mark all season – and that team was the Rays, who were last above .500 on May 20th. Preseason...
Via The Comeback
September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

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