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DRaysBay Nov 16, 2018
Previewing the Rays forty-man roster: pitchers

Previewing the Rays forty-man roster: pitchers

Starters, openers, closers, bulk guys. Who fits into the Rays plans for 2019? The Tampa Bay Rays have already made one move this winter to prepare their roster for the upcoming season. They’ve already made a first round of cuts to open up space for players returning from the 60 day disabled list and the newly acquired Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia. The roster currently sits at 40. With a full complement of major league players and a host of major-league-ready talent in the minors, the Rays have many decisions to make as they set a 2019 roster. Of course there are likely trades and...
DRaysBay Nov 12, 2018
View from the Catwalk: Rookie of the Year winners to be announced

View from the Catwalk: Rookie of the Year winners to be announced

Wendle not included. It’s award week in baseball, with the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year winners set to be announced over the course of the week. The Rookies of the the Year will be named tonight, where Joey Wendle was not a top-three finalist. It’s an atrocity, but what can you do when you’re facing the Yankees for the not-Ohtani category? The Rays have Kevin Cash and Blake Snell up for the Manager of the Year and Cy Young later this week. Rays News Marc Topkin writes about why recently acquired catcher, Mike Zunino, is a perfect fit for...
DRaysBay Nov 10, 2018
VIDEO: Here’s everything Mike Zunino can do

VIDEO: Here’s everything Mike Zunino can do

if you have some time to kill this weekend, here’s a collection of videos on the Rays new catcher Mike Zunino. Note: if you are using Google AMP to read this, please open in standard format to view the embedded content below. Offense By now you should know Zunino can crush some baseballs, so let’s go through some well struck pitches from the year, starting with my favorite against Dallas Keuchel: Your browser does not support HTML5 video. How much power does he have? In college he broke a metal bat! But he also has reach. Watch him go golfing against Marcus Stroman, oppo...
Tampa Bay Times Nov 10, 2018
Rays tales: Why Mike Zunino is a perfect fit for Tampa Bay

Rays tales: Why Mike Zunino is a perfect fit for Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG -There are a number of statistical reasons why Mike Zunino is a logical addition for the Rays.His 34.6 caught stealing rate ranked among the AL leaders, as did his .998 fielding percentage. He was tied for first with 12 defensive runs saved, a factor in winning
Lookout Landing Nov 9, 2018
FanPost Friday: Your favorite Mike Zunino or Guillermo Heredia moment

FanPost Friday: Your favorite Mike Zunino or Guillermo Heredia moment

Might get a lil’ dusty in here All right, folks. The first big transaction of the offseason has gone down and the Mariners have traded two long time fan favorites in Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia. Both have been responsible for a quite a few memorable, highlight reel moments over the years. I want you to pick your favorite for either player, or hell even do both if you’re feeling saucy, and write a FanPost about..... Prompt: Your favorite Mike Zunino or Guillermo Heredia moment Take a look at Kate’s excellent Zunino eulogy from yesterday to jog your memories a bit. Isabelle is...
Lookout Landing Nov 9, 2018
Sporcle Friday: Mariners with highest ISOs

Sporcle Friday: Mariners with highest ISOs

We will miss you, Mike! In honor of the departure of Mike Zunino, I compiled a list of the greatest Mariners power hitters. Can you name the players that produced the 25 highest ISO seasons in M’s history? LINK!
DRaysBay Nov 9, 2018
Mike Zunino is better than you think

Mike Zunino is better than you think

The new Rays catcher already is what you want him to be: Good. Now that the initial excitement of the multi-player trade between the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners has settled, it’s time to reflect a little on the newest members if the 2019 Rays lineup. With Mike Zunino included in the trade, the Rays seem to have secured their starting catcher for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. This isn’t exactly who the masses envisioned the Rays acquiring, as many had hopes the Rays would go after a free agent like J.T. Realmuto or Yasmani Grandal. But this is a very good move by the Rays and one...
DRaysBay Nov 9, 2018
In appreciation of Mallex Smith

In appreciation of Mallex Smith

Slight skepticism on selling high on Smith, and plenty of links to trade articles As you’ve probably heard by now, yesterday the Rays finalized a five-player trade sending outfielders Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia, and left-handed pitcher Michael Plassmeyer. Overall, the response in Rays land has been rather positive. Catcher was the number one position of need for the team this offseason, and this trade does an excellent job addressing that need. Count me among the (slight) skeptics, however. And...
DRaysBay Nov 9, 2018
View from the Catwalk: Mike Zunino “extremely excited”

View from the Catwalk: Mike Zunino “extremely excited”

The team’s pitching staff is a key draw for the new catcher. The Rays new backstop Mike Zunino is “extremely excited” to be joining Tampa Bay, per reporters who interviewed him yesterday. New #Rays Catcher Mike Zunino: "I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Rays organization."#RaysUp #MLB— WDAE (@620wdae) November 8, 2018 Mike Zunino said "I’ve heard nothing but great things (about the #Rays). Denard (Span) was very high on them and how they run their organization."— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) November 8, 2018 As John Ford pointed out in our Slack, this is (one...
Tampa Bay Times Nov 9, 2018
What insiders say about new Rays C Mike Zunino

What insiders say about new Rays C Mike Zunino

Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish took to his @RyanDivish Twitter account to post some interesting thoughts on C Mike Zunino, who was traded from the Mariners to the Rays on Thursday in a five-player deal also featuring OF Mallex Smith. Divish has been covering the Mariners
Tampa Bay Times Nov 8, 2018
What getting Mike Zunino, dealing Mallex Smith deal means to Rays

What getting Mike Zunino, dealing Mallex Smith deal means to Rays

ST.- PETERSBURG : It all started, Rays GM Erik Neander said to beat everyone else to it, "with the bromance, as you know.''He was having fun, but the funny thing is he was right, too. All those talks Neander and Mariners counterpart Jerry Dipoto have had over the years,
Lookout Landing Nov 8, 2018
Fare thee well, Mike Zunino

Fare thee well, Mike Zunino

Bella cosa tosto è rapita It wasn’t supposed to end like this. Coming out of spring training this last season, Mike Zunino held a slash line of .395/.458/.791 with five dingers. He looked happy, comfortable, and confident at the plate. He looked like he was building on his 2017, when he posted similar numbers in the spring and finished with 3.7 fWAR thanks to his always-excellent defense and a second-half improvement that saw his wRC+ rise from 99 in the first half—still totally fine for a catcher with gold glove-caliber defense—to a scorching 155 over the second half. 2018 was...
DRaysBay Nov 8, 2018
Rays finalize trade of Mallex Smith for Mike Zunino in five-player deal

Rays finalize trade of Mallex Smith for Mike Zunino in five-player deal

The Rays officially announced the five player swap built around Mallex Smith and Mike Zunino this morning. The full trade is as follows: Rays get: C Mike Zunino OF Guillermo Heredia LHP Michael Plassmeyer Mariners get: OF Mallex Smith OF Jake Fraley Mike Zunino is the prize of this trade for the Rays. Here is the relevant information on Zunino from the Rays press release: Over the last two seasons, [Zunino’s] 45 home runs rank fourth among major league catchers behind Salvador Pérez (54), Gary Sánchez (51) and Yasmani Grandal (46). According to FanGraphs, since the start of the...
Tampa Bay Times Nov 8, 2018
Rays get their catcher, acquiring Mike Zunino from Mariners for Mallex Smith in 5-player deal

Rays get their catcher, acquiring Mike Zunino from Mariners for Mallex Smith in 5-player deal

The Rays made official their first big move of the off-season, acquiring defensively skilled C Mike Zunino from the Mariners in exchange for sparkplug OF Mallex Smith as part of a five-player deal.The Rays also get OF Guillermo Heredia, who figures to replace Smith and serve as the
Call to the Pen Nov 8, 2018

Seattle Mariners close to deal of Mike Zunino to Rays for Mallex Smith

The Seattle Mariners are poised to make the first move of the Hot Stove season by sending Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia to the Tampa Bay Rays for Mallex Smith As i wrote about in this space earlier today, the Seattle Mariners were ready to shake things up. They have some assets to deal, and […] Seattle Mariners close to deal of Mike Zunino to Rays for Mallex Smith - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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