Tampa Bay Rays: Jake Bauers Making a Case for 2017

One of the Tampa Bay Rays top prospects, Jake Bauers was not expected to appear in the Majors until later this year. His performance in Spring Training could move that timetable up. Prior to Spring Training, Jake Bauers had already been a topic amongst Tampa Bay Rays fans. With his nearly perfect lefty swing, Bauers […] Tampa Bay Rays: Jake Bauers Making a Case for 2017 - Rays...
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2 hours ago

Archer says Classic energized him for season

Rays starter Chris Archer would have liked to join his teammates from Team USA as they moved on to play Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game on Wednesday night. Archer, however, had to focus on his other team as he prepares to take the mound on Opening Day of the regular season for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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14 hours ago

Archer struggles in first game back from Classic

Rays starter Chris Archer had a rough return from the World Baseball Classic and Team USA, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday.
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14 hours ago

Diaz joins Rays in camp after Classic

Recent Rays acquisition Jumbo Diaz arrived at Tampa Bay's spring camp Wednesday. The Rays claimed the 33-year-old right-hander off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on March 10, but he was committed to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Via Rays.com
15 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Thoughts on Kiermaier Contract Extension

Why now did the Tampa Bay Rays choose to extend the contract of two-time Gold Glove Award winner Kevin Kiermaier? Here’s a look into the possibilities. Every female Rays fan already thought that Kevin Kiermaier was one of the best looking Tampa Bay Rays players and now he has the money to go with the […] Tampa Bay Rays: Thoughts on Kiermaier Contract Extension - Rays Colored...
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19 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Interested in D-Backs Ahmed, Ramirez Rumors Heating Up

With Duffy’s slow recovery from offseason surgery and available pitching depth, rumors indicate that the Tampa Bay Rays could make a deal. The Tampa Bay Rays are miffed in the slow recovery of Matt Duffy’s heal, who was expected to be ready for prime time by the time the season opened. However, Duffy’s surgically repaired […] Tampa Bay Rays: Interested in D-Backs Ahmed, Ramirez...
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21 hours 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
2 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...
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3 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
3 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
8 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
9 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...
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15 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...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

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