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Rays Sign Allan Dykstra To Minor League Contract

The Tampa Bay Rays signed minor league free agent Allan Dykstra to a minor league contract on Saturday. Originally a first round pick for the San Diego Padres in 2007, the Mets acquired him in 2011 for fellow first rounder and reliever Eddie Kunz. Dykstra spent four seasons with the Mets and always maintained an on-base percentage north of .400 at every level. Last season he batted...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Rays narrow search to three

One of the top priorities of the offseason for the Tampa Bay Rays is filling their managerial role after the surprising and quick departure of Joe Maddon last month.  While their initial search included ten candidates, the team is reporting that they have narrowed their search to three. #453665242 / gettyimages.com #Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays announce manager finalists – Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu

ONE OF THESE THREE MEN WILL BE THE NEXT MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS #Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to three: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibañez and Don Wakamatsu. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 21, 2014 Will it be Kevin Cash, the current Indians bullpen coach and a former Rays catcher? Will it be Raul Ibanez, who was sitting in the Royals dugout...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays whittle manager search to three finalists

The Tampa Bay Rays are nearing a selection for their next manager to succeed Joe Maddon, who left suddenly after the 2014 season.  Fox Sports Florida’s Andrew Astleford revealed the final three candidates: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu were named the three finalists for the Tampa Bay Rays’ open managerial position on Friday with in-person interviews scheduled to...
Via Reading Between The Seams
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cut day: Three finalists named for Rays' manager job

After losing long-time manager Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a new manager. On Friday, they trimmed down the original list of 10 candidates to three finalists. Tampa Bay will chose Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash or Don Wakamatsu to become the teams new manager, the team announced Friday. It will be up to the Rays president of baseball operators Matthrew Silverman to make...
Via On-Base Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raul Ibanez Among Three Finalists For Tampa Bay Rays’ Manager Position

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays’ bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus. Tampa Bay said interviews with...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays narrow managerial candidates to three

Getty Images The Tampa Bay Rays have narrowed their managerial search to three finalist. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu are the three men that the Rays will ultimately choose their next manager from after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract and then signed a deal with the Chicago Cubs. Watamatus is the only member of the trio who has previous experience as a big league...
Via Tireball.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta, Adam Liberatore for Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris

It didn’t take long for Andrew Friedman to make a deal with his old organization. The Dodgers on Thursday night acquired right-hander Joel Peralta and left-hander Adam Liberatore for flame-thrower Jose Dominguez and Low-A prospect Greg Harris. At first glance, it seems like a pretty reasonable trade. The Dodgers get a dependable reliever and a lefty option for a guy who probably...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB News: Tampa Bay Rays designate catcher Jose Molina for assignment

With the Rule 5 draft coming up, the 40-man rosters need to be finalized in just a few hours. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated veteran catcher Jose Molina for assignment because they needed to make room. This was first reported by Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times. Molina is set to make $2.75-million next season, the end of a two-year deal. The Rays have 10 days to...
Via On-Base Talk
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
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: Catcher

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
9 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
12 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
16 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...
Via Mets Merized Online
17 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
26 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
28 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
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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