7:22 PM EST, Fri December 02, 2016
Tampa Bay Times 2 hours ago

Did the Rays cost Sweet Lou Piniella the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Sweet Lou Piniella, Tampa's own, was on the telephone recently, talking about golfing with Steve Spurrier. Lou won.

Rays likely to tender all 11 arbitration-eligible players

The Rays are expected to tender contracts by tonight's 8 p.m. deadline to their MLB-most 11 players eligible for arbitration.That group includes three who qualified under the Super 2 provision based on service-time, which teams sometimes try to manipulate by limiting call-ups early in player's career - RHP Danny Farquhar, INF Tim …
Tampa Bay Times 22 hours ago

Rays pretty much strike out in MLB's new labor deal

It's just early December, and the Rays have taken their first big loss of the season. Actually for the next five seasons.

Silverman: Rays "disappointed" at lack of small-market help in CBA

Full details of the new collective bargaining agreement are still being finalized and distributed, but Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman said they haven't particularly liked what they've heard in terms of getting help to close the gap in competitive balance.

Steve Geltz claimed on waivers by Brewers

RHP Steve Geltz, who was DFA'd last week by the Rays to create roster space, was claimed on waivers by the Brewers.Geltz made the Rays opening day roster, but pitched his way back to the minors with a rough start, troubled particularly by the long ball. Overall, he posted a 5.74 ERA in 27 games for the Rays, allowing 11 home runs in …
Tampa Bay Times Nov 25, 2016

Rays: Looking for movement? Look to trades, late-winter leftovers

The pace, and direction, of the Rays' offseason could change with one phone call, most dramatically with a deal to trade one of their sought-after starters, with the clues coming in whether the pieces they get are for the present or future.

Butter up! Rays Montgomery team unveils flaky new hat design

Butter up! The Rays always creative-thinking Double-A Montgomery Biscuits team decided to hold a "Design A Hat" contest and came up with quite the winner.

Jason Castro catches on with Twins for a reported $24.5-million

The Rays interest in free-agent C Jason Castro came to an end as the price soared, with Castro agreeing on Tuesday to a three-year deal with the Twins for a reported $24.5-million.The Times reported on Friday that the Rays had made an initial offer and per agent Fred Wray were "right in the thick of things" to land the former Astros …

A look at Rays 40-man roster

After last week's series of moves, here is an updated look at the Rays 40-man roster, with more changes coming as they have a deadline next week on tendering contracts and will make space for some additions, such as another catcher.

Ex-Rays Burrell, Ramirez among 19 new Hall of Fame candidates

Two players who had short and unsuccessful stints with the Rays - Pat Burrell and Manny Ramirez - are among 19 new candidates on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released Monday.
Tampa Bay Times Nov 19, 2016

Rays in market for the bat they hoped Richie Shaffer would be

Some fallout after a frenzied Friday in which the Rays changed 30 percent of their roster:
Tampa Bay Times Nov 18, 2016

Rays deal prospects Shaffer, Motter to create room on 40-man roster

In making space to add eight young players to their roster Friday, the Rays gave up on two previously promising prospects, trading 2012 first-round pick Richie Shaffer and Taylor Motter to Seattle for three unheralded minor-leaguers.

Rays trade Motter and Shaffer to Mariners for 3 minor-leaguers

In working to clear space to add promising young players to their roster, the Rays shipped out two players who they previously had considered prospects, trading Richie Shaffer and Taylor Motter to the Mariners for three minor-leaguers.

Rays "right in the thick of things" for free-agent C Jason Castro

The Rays have made an "initial" offer to free-agent C Jason Castro and are "right in the thick of things" among several teams, per agent Fred Wray of ISE Baseball.Castro, 29, is on the market after playing the last six seasons with the Astros, earning a reputation as a top pitch framer. He has been inconsistent offensively, posting …

Rays release spring training schedule, ticket info

The Rays released their spring training schedule Friday, with 18 games in Port Charlotte, including a March 8 exhibition against the Colombian World Baseball Classic team, and six in the immediate Tampa Bay area.The Rays prefer not to face their AL East foes too often in the spring, and six games each against the NL Central Pirates …

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