RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Cash after first workout: 'We're in a good spot'

On Sunday morning, the Rays held their first full-squad workout, affording Kevin Cash the opportunity to make his remarks to the team about the coming season. The Rays' manager said that his message might have lasted 90 seconds, but it was clear nonetheless.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

Archer: Rays should be 'well-rounded'

Chris Archer doesn't like looking in the rearview mirror. A proactive approach better suits the Rays' right-hander, so his eyes are constantly looking forward.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

The X-Rays Spex guide to Spring Training 2017

Hey look, the gang is back together…albeit with a few new faces. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Sunday marked the first public workout of the spring for the Tampa Bay Rays. After a long and tepid offseason, most of us are incredibly excited by the prospect of watching baseball any capacity ― meaningful or otherwise. Yet even with the excitement that this wonderful time of...
Via X-Rays Spex
5 hours ago

Mallex Smith cracks funny joke about short stint with Mariners

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith came to his current team by way of the Seattle Mariners. His tenure in the Pacific Northwest lasted just 77 minutes, as he was traded twice in one day.Smith looked back on his illustrious tenure with the Mariners, and the quotes are pretty hilarious. Hey, that short tenure can be his claim to fame now. Not many players get traded twice in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Should Not Rush to Trade Jake Odorizzi

The Tampa Bay Rays have been expected to trade a starting pitcher, likely to be Jake Odorizzi. They should hold off on that plan for now. Even though Spring Training is starting, quite a few teams are looking for help in their starting rotation. Naturally, with that being the case, those teams with pitching depth […] Tampa Bay Rays Should Not Rush to Trade Jake Odorizzi - Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
7 hours ago

Evan Longoria Still Upset Over Losing Logan Forsythe

It has been almost a month since the Tampa Bay Rays traded Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers. That does not mean that Evan Longoria is letting go. When Evan Longoria had his reaction to the trade of Logan Forsythe, saying that he was “surprised and upset,” it was assumed that was just the spur of […] Evan Longoria Still Upset Over Losing Logan Forsythe - Rays Colored Glasses -...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
10 hours ago

Evan Longoria still not over Rays’ Logan Forsythe trade

It’s generally accepted by players that baseball is a business, and sometimes teams will make tough decisions that their players don’t completely approve of.Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria knows that too, but nearly a month later, he’s still not over the deal his team made that sent second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I actually like where...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Souza: 'I'm my biggest critic'

Maybe no player on the Rays is harder on himself than projected starting right fielder Steven Souza Jr., who enters his third season with the club knowing he has to dial it back.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Rob Manfred Continues Optimism About Stadium

Usually, discussions about the Tampa Bay Rays stadium situation involve a great deal of negativity. Despite that, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred continues to be optimistic about baseball in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area. Typically, whenever the topic of a team relocating is brought up, the Tampa Bay Rays are considered the top option. They have […] Tampa Bay Rays: Rob Manfred...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 day ago

Prospect Podcast, Episode 27: Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers Prospects

This episode is going to be uuuuuuuuugggge, it's the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers Top Prospects all crammed into one. Both really tremendous, tremendous farm systems. Okay, neither of them are really that great, but our Presidential Trump filter makes everything bigly. So Halp and myself delve into both systems and our favorites from each. We talk Jose De Leon for at least the...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays to sign reliever Tommy Hunter to minor league deal

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Tommy Hunter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are giving the 30-year right-hander an opportunity to earn a job in a revamped bullpen. The team said details of the contract had yet to be finalized. The 30-year-old, who pitched for four other teams during his nine-year major league career, reported to spring training...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tommy Hunter agrees to minor league contract with Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Reliever Tommy Hunter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are giving the 30-year right-hander an opportunity to earn a job in a revamped bullpen. The team said details of the contract had yet to be finalized. The 30-year-old, who pitched for four other teams during his nine-year major league career, reported to spring training...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays utility man Nick Franklin spent his offseason driving for Uber

As a Major League Baseball general manager, I’d be horrified to learn some of the things my players did during the offseason. However, it seems like I’d be glad to hear what Tampa Bay Rays utility infielder Nick Franklin did with his time. Prior to heading home for the offseason, Franklin admitted he’d be making an attempt as an Uber driver. While Franklin didn’t do this...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 27

Brett Sullivan narrowly reaches the list after losing a runoff After losing our first runoff, Jacob Faria cruised to an easy victory in the very next vote. Brett Sullivan barely avoided his second straight runoff this time. At this point in the voting, decisive victories are rare. Had there been a runoff, it would have been a vote between three players, which I don’t recall ever...
Via DRaysBay
2 days ago

Day three of Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training is in the books

A handful of Rays’ position players practiced bunting Thursday in Port Charlotte. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) The arrival of Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison Thursday morning brought the total number of players in camp to 62. The other two players who have yet to arrive, Evan Longoria and Rickie Weeks, are expected by Saturday’s reporting date...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays Trivia Thursday! Most HR by a Catcher

Can you remember the catchers who have homered for the Rays? Stealing an idea from Lookout Landing, they do something called Sporcle Fridays. That’s something I’d like to bring over to Draysbay to test the knowledge of the community, and see just how many of you know useless knowledge about the Tampa Bay Rays. To kick things off we’ll see who remembers the catchers of the...
Via DRaysBay
3 days ago

Rays ace Chris Archer moving past 19-loss 2016: 'I'm capable of so much more'

Tampa Bay's dominant right-hander knows his season wasn't a total loss.                

Rays Spring Training, day two: Ramirez and De Leon incur minor injuries

(Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) Day two of pitcher and catcher workouts in Port Charlotte included the arrival of Kevin Kiermaier, Nick Franklin, Tim Beckham, Brad Miller, Dayron Varona and Dalton Kelly, bringing the number of Rays in camp to 61. Wilson Ramos also arrived to camp and immediately worked out before addressing the media on the status of his surgically...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 days ago

2017 Minor League Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

I wonder if the Rays are mad at the Yankees for stealing their style? The kings of drafting/signing and stashing are back, with a whole new crop of youngsters, and there's some underrated names to come. While their top specs may not have the name value the Yankees, or say the Braves have, many of them are destined to make an impact on fantasy in the coming years. One of my favorite...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Nick Franklin worked as Uber driver during offseason

Nick Franklin is hoping to stick with the Tampa Bay Rays as a utility man this season. If he doesn’t make the roster, he knows what he can do for some spare cash.Franklin was at Rays camp on Wednesday, two days ahead of when position players were set to report. He told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that he spent a part of his offseason working as an Uber driver. Franklin is...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says spring training silliness will return for Cubs

Just because the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions doesn’t mean Joe Maddon has any plans his eccentric  managerial methods.If fact, Maddon put everyone on notice Tuesday that the unique approach to management he brought along to the Cubs organization from his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays will once again play a role at spring training.Maddon did stop short...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Archer, Rays ready to leave disappointing season behind

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) As the leader of a pitching staff that underperformed last season, Chris Archer relishes the challenge of helping the revamped Tampa Bay Rays re-emerge as playoff contenders. The team opened spring training Tuesday with increased competition for jobs at a number of key positions, as well as expectations of improving on last year's last-place finish in...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

LoMo Returns, Rays Continue Opportunistic Offseason

The Rays are one of the under-the-radar teams that the FanGraphs and PECOTA projection systems forecast to be in the AL Wild Card mix. As Jeff wrote last month following the Logan Forsythe-for-Jose De Leon deal, the Rays have continued to add years of control and surplus value this offseason. While the Rays do not necessarily need pieces like Mallex Smith and De Leon for 2017, they...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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