4:18 PM EST, Sun February 19, 2017
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Rays journal: Evan Longoria misses Forsythe but thinks team has improved

PORT CHARLOTTE — The trade of good friend and clubhouse leader 2B Logan Forsythe that upset Rays 3B Evan Longoria still stings, but as he looked around the Rays clubhouse Saturday, Longoria said he felt better about what his bosses did.

Longoria still missing Forsythe but likes totality of moves

Veteran Rays leader 3B Evan Longoria did a spring opening address this morning, showing off his new bearded look. Among the highlights:

Port Charlotte report: Gang's just about all here

Rays pitchers and catchers take the field today for their fourth day of workouts in Port Charlotte, and are joined by just about all the position players, with 3B Evan Longoria and OF/1B/DH Rickie Weeks the last of the 64 yet to report.Also:* A minor-league deal with RHP Tommy Hunter is expected to be finalized today. …

Rays promo schedule includes Kiermaier bobblehead, Archer figurine

The Rays on Wednesday released their promotional schedule, which includes bobbleheads for Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Duffy and Blake Snell; figurines for Chris Archer and Evan Longoria, and a team-themed Hawaiian shirt. Here is the full list:
DRaysBay Jan 26, 2017
Observations from the 2016 Rays Leaderboards

Observations from the 2016 Rays Leaderboards

Having fun with SBNation’s new sortable tables. SBNation updated the tool used to insert tables into articles, and they now feature sortable columns! Here are some hitting statistics for the 2016 Rays. Sort by any column to see who leads (or ends) the category. So here we see a lot of different players popping up near the top as you sort through the different columns. Evan Longoria was the best overall contributor at 4.5 fWAR. Hank Conger had the highest hard hit contact rate, but that was probably a product of small sample size luck. Jaff Decker had the best line drive rate over a...
DRaysBay Jan 25, 2017
Which Rays Barreled The Ball Most Frequently In 2016?

Which Rays Barreled The Ball Most Frequently In 2016?

Evan Longoria was among the league leaders for Barreled Balls. Using Statcast data at BaseballSavant.com to identify well struck balls that do damage, Tom Tango has recently created the Barreled Balls metric. In order to be a Barreled Ball the exit velocity and launch angle combination must produce a .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage for similarly struck balls. In 2016 the average barreled ball did far more damage than the minimum requirements producing a .822 batting average and 2.386 slugging percentage. The minimum exit velocity for a Barreled Ball is 98 MPH and starts...
Newark Star-Ledger Jan 25, 2017

MLB hot stove notes: Mets decide on Jay Bruce; Evan Longoria vents

The Mets have told right fielder Jay Bruce what to expect regarding his spot on the team.

So why exactly did the Rays trade well-respected Logan Forsythe

So why exactly did the Rays trade 2B Logan Forsythe, taking one of the key hitters out of their lineup and upsetting some of their players, led by veteran star Evan Longoria?
DRaysBay Jan 21, 2017
How Do the Rays Stack up Against the League’s Best?

How Do the Rays Stack up Against the League’s Best?

Buster Olney mentions several Rays in his annual top 10 lists Over at ESPN, Buster Olney has finished his annual top 10 rankings, which include every position as well as top rotations, top bullpens, top lineups, top defenses, and overall top teams. Olney ranked several Rays players in his top 10's, which can be accessed, with an insider account, here. With 24 days left until Spring Training, this is the perfect time to see how the Rays stack up as the best of the best. Made the Cut Evan Longoria (6th) Third base seems to be overflowing with talent in recent years with the likes of Manny...

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