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St. Pete city council bans smokeless tobacco at Rays games

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The St. Petersburg city council has given final approval to an ordinance banning use of smokeless tobacco products at organized sporting events, including baseball games at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The measure approved Thursday not only applies to players, coaches and managers, but anyone attending events at the sports venues around...
Via Associated Press
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

24 Days Until Spring Training Begins

Come appreciate Dan Johnson, the man, the myth, the great pumpkin As another week comes to a close, we are now just three more Fridays (plus a weekend) away from spring training commencing. To commemorate the date, here are all of the players to have worn the number 24 for the Rays. Mike Kelly (1998), Ryan Rupe (1999-2002), George Lumbard (2003), Tino Martinez (2004), Eric Munson...
Via DRaysBay
8 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays Chris Archer Still in Houston Astros Sights

The Houston Astros are still looking to upgrade their starting rotation and bring in another top of the rotation starter. Currently, their sights are set on Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer. It has not been easy for the Houston Astros to land the top of the rotation starter they have been seeking. After watching […] Tampa Bay Rays Chris Archer Still in Houston Astros Sights - Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
9 hours ago

2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 16

Hunter Wood rounds out the first half of the list We’re just a few weeks away from spring training, and we’re now halfway through this year’s community prospects list. The Rays are known for their pitcher development, but there are only five arms in the first 15. Will someone have a breakout season on the mound to shake things up in 2017? Just one tester this poll. Enjoy your...
Via DRaysBay
11 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Seeking Final Piece of Off-Season Needs

The Tampa Bay Rays recent trade and impending free agent signings still have not completed their off-season need of getting a right-handed bat. Competition is good, competition for a roster spot is even better. For the first time in a long time, there will be lots of competition coming this spring among the Tampa Bay […] Tampa Bay Rays: Seeking Final Piece of Off-Season Needs ...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 day ago

Former Tampa Bay Rays Catcher, J.P. Arencibia Retires

A former Blue Jays top prospect and Rays catcher has announced his retirement At one time, he was one of the most highly anticipated prospects to ever come through the Toronto Blue Jays system but now after just seven years after his memorable major league debut against the Rays, J.P. Arencibia has announced his retirement. Arencibia last played in the majors during the 2015 season...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Tigers acquire Tampa Bay OF Mikie Mahtook

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have acquired outfielder Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash.Detroit announced the trade Wednesday and designated outfielder Anthony Gose for assignment.Mahtook, a first-round draft pick in 2011, hit .195 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 65 games for the Rays last season. He played 41 games in 2015 for Tampa...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

McGriff's HOF chances take hit on '17 ballot

The Tampa Bay area will always have reason to thank Fred McGriff for returning home to provide leadership during the expansion Devil Rays' first season. But thoughts of celebrating his election to the Hall of Fame have steadily dwindled over the past decade.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

Rays nearing deal with Shawn Tolleson; trade Mikie Mahtook

The Tampa Bay Rays are said to be nearing deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson. (Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) The Tampa Bay Rays are close to a major league agreement with former Texas Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson, reports Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times). Additionally, the Rays announced that they have traded outfielder Mikie Mahtook to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for a...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Can the Bullpen Issues be Solved In-House

The Tampa Bay Rays have in-house options to possibly solve their bullpen issues. However, can those in-house options do the job. It seems that every team in major league baseball wants to refurbish their bullpen in the off season. Sometimes they are looking for a high leverage closer but most of the time they are […] Tampa Bay Rays: Can the Bullpen Issues be Solved In-House - Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
3 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays come to terms with nine arbitration eligibles

Hurler Jake Odorizzi is the only Ray headed to arbitration in 2017. (Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports) With the passing of the MLB arbitration deadline on Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays reached deals with nine of their 10 arbitration-eligible players, with hurler Jake Odorizzi the lone holdout. The team reached agreements on 2017 contracts with Alex Cobb, Brad Boxberger...
Via X-Rays Spex
4 days ago

Report: Carl Crawford likely headed into retirement

After 15 seasons in the MLB, four All-Star apperances, one Silver Slugger Award, one Gold Glove Award, and four seasons leading the American League in stolen bases, Carl Crawford appears ready to call it quits. According to a report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on Saturday quoting an unnamed Los Angeles Dodgers official, the veteran outfielder “has pretty much called it...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kiermaier, 8 other Rays avoid arbitration with 1-year deals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Defensive whiz Kevin Kiermaier was among nine players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. Kiermaier agreed to a deal for $2,975,000. He made $514,400 last season while winning his second straight Gold Glove Award in center field. The Rays also agreed to give substantial raises to infielder Brad...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Colby Rasmus agrees to deal with Rays

Colby Rasmus is back in the American League East. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal with the free agent outfielder. Rasmus, 30, managed 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 107 appearances for the Houston Astros last season but posted an anemic .206/.286/.355 slash line (all career lows). He was a strong asset defensively...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays were lone team to vote against MLB CBA

The new collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA was ratified this week. The MLBPA’s executive board unanimously approved the CBA, while MLB’s owners approved the agreement by a 29-1 vote. The “1” really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but the one owner to cast a dissenting vote was Stuart Sternberg of the Tampa Bay Rays...
Via The Comeback
December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Rays reportedly have high asking price for Alex Colome

The Tampa Bay Rays won’t be selling off their All-Star closer haphazardly. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Monday, the Rays are receiving inquiries for Alex Colome, but their asking price is high because they believe they have little chance of contending without him. Sources: #Rays getting inquiries on Colome, but setting price they believe is appropriately...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Nabs Wilson Ramos at a Bargain

This was not how it was supposed to go. Wilson Ramos, coming off the best season of his career at 29 years old, wasn’t supposed to sign only a two-year deal for $12.5 million ($18.25 million with incentives). Especially not with the Tampa Bay Rays, who won just 68 games last season. Yet this past Tuesday, that’s exactly what happened. When we talked Friday about Washington adding...
Via The Sports Post
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos Is Something Completely Different for the Rays

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Wilson Ramos for two years and $12 million, with nearly $18.25 million available in all if he meets certain incentives. Ramos represented an interesting case for potential suitors. At 29, he’d just produced the best season of his career. He’d also sustained, and is currently rehabbing, the worst injury of his career — one that will prevent...
Via Fangraphs
December 07, 2016  |  Discuss
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