7:39 AM EDT, Fri October 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Times 1 hour ago
Price helps Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

Price helps Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

HOUSTON - What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series.Former Rays starter David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5
DRaysBay 18 hours ago
Rays trade target: 1B Paul Goldschmidt

Rays trade target: 1B Paul Goldschmidt

One of the best first basemen in the game would look right at home in Tropicana The Arizona Diamondbacks were last year’s Brewers: a team succeeding after a front office overhaul brought analytics to the fore. But this is 2018, where Arizona failed to reach the playoffs as players slumped or were missing in action. Accordingly, the team is headed for a rebuild, with any player available, including Gold Glove first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. I’m already salivating [Ed. note: calm down, Danny.]. Playing out the five-year, $32 million contract he signed ahead of the 2014 season,...
DRaysBay 21 hours ago
Rays’ Franco, Liberatore among top prospects in respective leagues

Rays’ Franco, Liberatore among top prospects in respective leagues

Some of the Rays’ top talent stacks up well against prospects from other organizations. In recent weeks, Baseball America began prospect-ranking season when it rolled out its league top-20 prospect rankings for subscribers. These lists can be interesting, maybe more than the organization lists — which is something I say every year for this post. A No. 1 prospect in an organization without depth could be a No. 5 prospect in a deeper one, but on these league lists, we really see how top prospects from competing clubs compare to one another. It adds some context to a prospect’s...
DRaysBay 22 hours ago
View from the catwalk: Fan interference helps put Red Sox on the brink

View from the catwalk: Fan interference helps put Red Sox on the brink

Or the call does, at least. Rays Links Rays Radio wrote about how several members of the coaching staff are in the running for managerial positions elsewhere. From his Q&A, it doesn’t seem like Bill Chastain thinks the Rays will sign a catcher. In cased you missed it, the Rays signed Ryan Sherriff. The Rays held a hurricane relief drive, and then trucked the supplies up to the panhandle. If you’re looking for a way to help the folks recovering from Hurricane Michael, GlobalGiving is a good place to start. It’s an organization that funnels money to local charities, best positioned to...
DRaysBay Oct 17, 2018
Which Rays players could be traded this offseason

Which Rays players could be traded this offseason

When the regular season came to a close in 2017, some speculated the Rays could blow up it all up. No one actually thought they’d go through with it. Now, a year later, the Rays are coming off their first winning season since winning the AL Wild Card in 2013. They won 90 games in 2018, despite trading away Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Steven Souza Jr, and then also parting ways with Chris Archer, Wilson Ramos, and Alex Colome once the regular season got underway. With a year of information under their belts, the Rays should be ready to make some savvy moves to keep...
DRaysBay Oct 17, 2018
The 2018 Rays prioritized contact over power and it worked

The 2018 Rays prioritized contact over power and it worked

Rays 2018 Trends: Part 1 One of the best parts of the offseason is it allows us fans to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. Baseball provides one of the best Bigger Picture scenes across sports, with 162 games and hundreds of thousands of individual batter-vs-pitcher to analyze once the dust is settled. Over the course of the offseason, we’ll be looking at some trends among individual Rays players, but let’s start zoomed out as far as we can today: looking at team-wide trends for the Rays in 2018. We’ll cover a pair of related offensive trends today before getting to pitching and...
DRaysBay Oct 17, 2018
Rays free agent target: Nelson Cruz

Rays free agent target: Nelson Cruz

Cruz is a free agent... should the Rays be interested? Nelson Cruz is a 38-year-old designated hitter. On the surface, that should be enough to rule him out as a player of interest for the Tampa Bay Rays. But this is not an ordinary 38-year-old DH. This is Nelson Cruz. Cruz has played major league ball for 14 seasons, most of it with the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners. In that time he has been a six-time All-Star, the MVP of the 2012 ALCS, and a two-time Silver Slugger winner. Nelson Cruz can hit. Just plain and simple. And his age hasn’t slowed him considerably. Though his 2018...
DRaysBay Oct 17, 2018
View from the Catwalk: Rocco Baldelli is on the shortlist for Blue Jays Manager

View from the Catwalk: Rocco Baldelli is on the shortlist for Blue Jays Manager

Also: Award season is kicking off, with several Rays in the mix. Rays Links: Rocco Baldelli (and former Rays legend Sam Fuld) both made “strong impressions” with the Blue Jays. Sportsnet in Canada is reporting Baldelli is among their final 5 candidates for the position. The Sporting News selected their Managers of the Year: with A’s Bob Melvin winning for the AL. In the NL, Sporting News selected Brewers Craig Counsell and Braves Brian Snitker as co-managers of the year. Kevin Cash finished 3rd in their voting. Sporting News also conducted a poll of MLB players on who they would...
Tampa Bay Times Oct 16, 2018
Rays' Rocco Baldelli reportedly a finalist for Toronto job

Rays' Rocco Baldelli reportedly a finalist for Toronto job

Rays coach Rocco Baldelli is one of five finalists for the Blue Jays manager's job, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported.Three other finalists were said to be Astros bench coach Joe
Tampa Bay Times Oct 16, 2018
Rays sending 4 trucks of supplies to hurricane-ravaged area

Rays sending 4 trucks of supplies to hurricane-ravaged area

The Rays will send four trucks of donated water, food and supplies to Bay County on Wednesday morning to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.About 20 staffers are making what will be a 36-hour trip to the Florida Panhandle as they deliver and distribute the items that were
Tampa Bay Times Oct 16, 2018
Rays make first 2019 signing, add LHP Ryan Sherriff

Rays make first 2019 signing, add LHP Ryan Sherriff

The Rays made their first move of the off-season, signing LHP Ryan Sherriff to a minor-league deal.Sherriff, 28, is recovering from June Tommy John elbow surgery so at best would be a late-season addition to the big-league roster.He has pitched parts of two seasons with the
DRaysBay Oct 16, 2018
Rays sign LHP Ryan Sherriff

Rays sign LHP Ryan Sherriff

Sherriff is recovering from Tommy John surgery The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to bolster their left-handed pitching reserves this offseason, and have started early, with the acquisition of lefty reliever Ryan Sherriff. Sherriff, whose name will certainly lend itself well to grand puns in the future, has most recently played for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 28-year-old, who the Rays signed to a minor league deal, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd round of the 2010 amateur draft, but did not sign, and was subsequently selected by the Cardinals in the 28th round of the 2011...
DRaysBay Oct 16, 2018
Rays 2018 Season Review: Offense

Rays 2018 Season Review: Offense

The 2018 Tampa Bay Rays offense was much different than their 2017 iteration of their roster. There were players lost to free agency and players traded away. The Rays also acquired CJ Cron and Joey Wendle in trades and were expecting to transition to youngsters Willy Adames and Jake Bauers at some point in the season. The offense was surprisingly good. They were always going to be a solid defensive team, but the youth and inexperience at the plate was a big unknown. Despite hitting 78 fewer homers in 2018, the Rays scored 23 more runs. Non-pitchers hit .259/.334/.407 and put up 106 wRC+...
DRaysBay Oct 16, 2018
View from the Catwalk: Rocco Baldelli interviews with Texas Rangers

View from the Catwalk: Rocco Baldelli interviews with Texas Rangers

Another day, another interview for Rocco Baldelli Rays News Rocco Baldelli continued his busy offseason as he interviewed with another team for their managerial position, this time it was the Texas Rangers who came calling Baseball America ranked the top 20 prospects in the Gulf Coast League this summer, with Matthew Liberatore and Nick Schnell cracking the list for Tampa Bay An update on the Rays lawsuit against Centerplate, their former concessionaire of 20 years Austin Riemann has been producing content daily for Rays Colored Glasses MLB Pipeline named their Rays prospects of the...
Tampa Bay Times Oct 15, 2018
Rays' Rocco Baldelli interviews with Rangers

Rays' Rocco Baldelli interviews with Rangers

Interest in Rays coach Rocco Baldelli as a manager continues to grow, as he interviewed for another opening on Monday, this time with the Texas Rangers.Baldelli, 37, has also interviewed with the Reds, and reportedly with the Twins. The Angels and Blue Jays are also known to have

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