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Tampa Bay Rays Release David Carpenter

The Tampa Bay Rays had been looking for more bullpen options. Despite a strong performance by David Carpenter, the Rays have decided he will not be an option. David Carpenter was an intriguing signing by the Tampa Bay Rays. He had been a solid set up man during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, before injuries […] Tampa Bay Rays Release David Carpenter - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 hour ago

Tampa Bay Rays Crowded Outfield Leading to Tough Decisions

The Tampa Bay Rays outfield situation is rather crowded. Manager Kevin Cash will have some tough decisions to make. With opening day under two weeks away, the Tampa Bay Rays carry six outfielders on the roster, which will be cut down before the Rays take the field against the Yankees on April 2nd. Centerfield is locked up […] Tampa Bay Rays Crowded Outfield Leading to Tough Decisions...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
4 hours ago

Archer OD starter as Rays announce rotation

No big surprise: Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter.
Via Rays.com
19 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Top Choice Unavailable, Search Goes On for New Stadium

When you do not succeed at first, you try, and try again and the Tampa Bay Rays will need to do just that in their search for a new stadium site. The hopes of finding a site to build a new stadium took a bit of hit as Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, who […] Tampa Bay Rays: Top Choice Unavailable, Search Goes On for New Stadium - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
20 hours ago

Bauers, Gillaspie among reassigned Rays

Jake Bauers and Casey Gillaspie headlined the cuts made by the Rays on Thursday.
Via Rays.com
20 hours ago

Sternberg, Rays exploring options for new stadium

Stuart Sternberg showed up at camp on Thursday, and the Rays' principal owner spoke about the stadium issue.
Via Rays.com
21 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Kiermaier's Spiderman impression

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Spring training 2017: Rickie Weeks has earned his place on the Rays roster

The 34-year old is making a making a strong impression in his first camp in Port Charlotte When the Rays signed Rickie Weeks to a minor league deal this offseason, they were hoping he could provide stability next to left-handed hitting Logan Morrison at first base, returning the veteran to the infield after an awkward season in the outfield with the Diamondbacks. Weeks is coming...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

What should we expect from the Rays bullpen in 2017?

The Rays' bullpen was a major weakness in 2016 and has to turn around for any success in 2017. As all Tampa Bay Rays fans are aware, the 2016 bullpen performed very poorly. As a group, they combined to pitch to a 4.09 ERA (11th in the American League), 4.45 FIP (last in the American League) and produced an AL-worst 0.1 Wins Above Replacement (fWAR). As for the individuals, there...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Blake Snell has the stuff. Can he find the command?

Tampa Bay’s young flamethrower still has plenty of work to do. Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell is kind of a weirdo. He has a body that reminds you a little bit of Chris Sale. He sometimes wears his pants rolled up to his knees like a scrappy middle infielder. He wears a single-digit number, for crying out loud. None of that really has anything to do with his ability to pitch...
Via Beyond The Box Score
1 day ago

Rays outfielder Kiermaier completes 6-year, $53.5M contract

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) The drive from 31st-round draft choice to one of baseball's best defensive players paid off for Kevin Kiermaier. The Tampa Bay Rays rewarded their center fielder with a six-year, $53.5 million contract that ranks among the largest financial commitments the team has ever given a player. ''I can't say it's unbelievable because I've always dreamed of this...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays 3/20/17 pre-game notes; Boxberger unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

The Rays prepare for Grapefruit League action Monday Morning. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) The Tampa Bay Rays will play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Port Charlotte on Monday. The New What Next Looking to get back on track after a handful of command challenged outings, Blake Snell will get the start opposite Jameson Taillon. The southpaw has yet to pitch...
Via X-Rays Spex
4 days ago

Rays announce six-year extension for Kevin Kiermaier

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Defensive standout Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a six-year, $53.6 million contract extension that keeps the centerfielder with the team through 2022. The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2023 which -- including incentives -- could boost the value of the agreement to $66.15 million. The two-time AL Gold Glove winner...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kiermaier finalizes 6-year, $53.5 million contract with Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Defensive standout Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a six-year, $53.6 million contract extension that keeps the centerfielder with the team through 2022. The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2023 which - including incentives - could boost the value of the agreement to $66.15 million. The two-time AL Gold Glove winner...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rays nearing $50 million extension with CF Kiermaier

The Tampa Bay Rays have liked what they’ve gotten out of Kevin Kiermaier the past few seasons, so they’re trying to lock him up.The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kiermaier and the Rays are close to reaching agreement on a $50 million contract extension for the centerfielder that would be for six years.Kiermaier was already under team control with Tampa Bay through 2020, so this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay’s Cult of the High Fastball

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – When Jake Odorizzi arrived to the Rays’ spring headquarters in February of 2013 following Tampa Bay’s trade of James Shields to Kansas City, he was summoned into a conference room at the Rays spring training facility, which rests in a rural and remote part of southwestern Florida. Present in a conference room were then-general manager Andrew Friedman...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Is CC Sabathia rebelling against Yankees’ facial hair policy?

C.C. Sabathia on Tuesday made his spring training debut, throwing two scoreless innings in the New York Yankees’ 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. But it was the pitcher’s facial hair that turned out to be the major talker afterward. The way Sabathia was sporting his facial hair is in violation of the Yankees’ strict policy the prohibits facial hair below the lip, not to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer hopes WBC team can show country’s unity in the face of turmoil

Combining sports and politics is sometimes a necessary evil that leads some to shout from the top of the mountaintop to “stick to sports,” but with the start of another World Baseball Classic, the importance of wearing a Team USA jersey carries some extra meaning for some this season, including Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer.Archer commented on the honor he feels to wear...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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