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Rays position analysis: Outfielders

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players who saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns. This...
Via Fox Sports Florida
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Evan Longoria just bruised and fine after HBP

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is just fine after leaving Tuesday's MLB/Japan All-Star Series Game 5 due to getting hit by a pitch in the top of the third inning. He continued to play for duration of the inning but left in the fourth. Your browser does not support iframes.Longoria took a fastball from Japan's Shohei Ohtani off his left forearm while batting in the top...
Via MLB Injury News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist wears wrong helmet during at-bat vs Japan (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Tampa Bay Rays switch-hitting infielder Ben Zobrist started his sixth inning at-bat with a lefty helmet while batting from the right side in Sunday's game for the MLB All-Stars in Japan.Zobrist reached a 2-1 count when teammate Evan Longoria hooked him up with the appropriate right-handed helmet. Everyone involved, including Japan's...
Via Holdout Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria watched fiancee Jaime Edmondson deliver couple’s son via FaceTime

Evan Longoria is among the contingent of MLB players currently in Japan to take part in a five-game “All-Star Series.” Somewhat complicating matters as he embarked on his trip was that the Tampa Bay Rays third baseman and his fiancée, Jaime Edmondson were expecting the couple’s second child, with a due date set for Nov....Read More The post Evan Longoria watched fiancee Jaime...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Evan Longoria left Saturday’s game in Japan to watch birth of son on FaceTime

The MLB All-Stars won 6-1 against Samurai Japan on Sunday. Evan Longoria played his best game of the Japan All-Star Series. However, just a day before, he experienced a moment even greater than the Japan All-Star Series. He witnessed the birth of his son. Longoria celebrated by homering in MLB’s first win of the series on Sunday.Longoria dashed to the clubhouse during Saturday’s...
Via On-Base Talk
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays could trade or release Jose Molina, Sean Rodriguez being shopped

Getty Images The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to trade or release catcher Jose Molina this offseason reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. While the Rays would obviously prefer to find a trade partner for Molina it will be hard to impossible given his $2.75 million salary. Despite being 39, Molina could still be a useful backup for some teams but coming off a .178/.230/.187...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Jeff Beliveau out of remainder of MLB/Japan series with lat strain

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jeff Beliveauleft Saturday's MLB/Japan All-Star Series Game 3 in the eighth inning after striking out three of the four hitters he faced. Examination showed that he has a mild lat strain, and he will miss the remainder of the series. However, it should not hinder his offseason workouts or progress toward next season.Your browser does not support iframes.Beliveau...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Beliveau suffers lat strain in Japan All-Star Series

Tampa Bay Rays left-handed Jeff Beliveau will be re-evaluated this weekend, according to Marc Topkin, after exiting Saturday’s loss to Japan with a left lat strain. However, the good news is that the strain is mild. #Rays say Beliveau has a mild left lat strain, will be evaluated today. Left game in Japan. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 15, 2014 Beliveau retired all four...
Via On-Base Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Jeff Beliveau leaves MLB/Japan Game in 8th after throwing pitch

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jeff Beliveau left Saturday's MLB/Japan All-Star Series Game 3 in the eight inning after striking out Ryosuke Kikuchi to open the frame. Pitching coach Mike Maddux and trainers came to the mound after the pitch and removed Beliveau from the game. Colorado's Franklin Morales replaced him. #459019960 / gettyimages.comBeliveau was pitching brilliantly...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Trade Jeremy Hellickson to the Diamondbacks

In the first major move of his tenure as the Arizona Diamondbacks GM, Dave Stewart has acquired Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for prospects Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams. OFFICIAL: D-backs acquire RHP Jeremy Hellickson (@JHell58) from the Rays in exchange for MiLB IF Andrew Velazquez & OF Justin Williams. — Arizona...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks acquire Jeremy Hellickson from Rays

Earlier this week, a news tidbit broke that stated the Rays were getting close to dealing starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to a National League team. Today, that news finally broke – Hellickson is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, the first significant move for the new regimes in Arizona and Tampa Bay. The @Dbacks acquire RHP Jeremy...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs acquire Hellickson from Rays for two minor leaguers

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday acquired right-handed starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams. Hellickson, 27, was named the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year and ranked among the AL leaders from 2011-13 in opponent's average (10th, .242), starts...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The Rays Cut Payroll And Still Compete?

Let’s start with four Tampa Bay Rays-related facts we know to be either true or at least have been recently publicly stated as such: The team’s 85 losses in 2014 were more than the franchise has had since 2007, when they were still the Devil Rays, had Brendan Harris, Akinori Iwamura and Delmon Young in the regular lineup, and […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cash, Acta among Rays managerial candidates

The Tampa Bay Rays released a list of eight candidates to become of their next manager. Two are familiar to Indians fans in Manny Acta and Kevin Cash. Cash, who is a Tampa native, is the Tribe's bullpen coach and interviewed for the Rangers' opening that went to Jeff Banister. Cash was in the Rays organization in 2005-06, spending most of his time in Triple-A Durham. Acta...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Raul Ibanez is on the Rays’ preliminary manager list

The Tampa Bay Rays released an early short list of managerial candidates, and one name immediately jumps out – former Kansas City Royal (and Seattle Mariner, and Philadelphia Phillie, and New York Yankee) Raul Ibanez. #Rays prelim list manager candidates: Dave Martinez Charlie Montoyo Manny Acta Ron Wotus Don Wakamatsu Raul Ibanez Craig Counsell Kevin Cash — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential Trade Partners: Tampa Bay Rays

What could make the Tampa Bay Rays interesting to watch this offseason is their habit of trading players during their arbitration years. Tampa Bay operates under tight payroll restraints, which was limited to $76 million last year and won’t get much higher. Just think of David Price and James Shields, and former general manager Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon. The Rays have...
Via Mets Merized Online
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays exercise $2.5 milion option on RHP Joel Peralta

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised a $2.5 million club option on reliever Joel Peralta for next season. Peralta was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 2014, when he was second on the Rays staff with 69 appearances. During the past four seasons, the 38-year-old leads all major league pitchers with 296 appearances and is second to Washington's Tyler Clippard with 115...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via NESN.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via NESN.com
24 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
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

As our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported Friday night, Joe Maddon has left the Tampa Bay Rays, and we now have a little more insight as to why. Maddon opted out of his contract for 2015, and it appears that he wants a long-term deal to begin as soon as possible. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Maddon wants a five-year, $25-million contract, an amount the Rays...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
26 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
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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