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DRaysBay 13 hours ago
Ji-Man Choi’s top hits in a Rays uniform

Ji-Man Choi’s top hits in a Rays uniform

Photo by Mike Carlson/ The Ji-Man Choi era with the Tampa Bay Rays is officially over as the team dealt the longtime fan favorite to the Pittsburgh Pirates. We get it. Choi was getting more expensive, entering his third year of arbitration, so the always budget conscious Rays were bound to part ways with Ji-Man. Also, the Rays were needing to clear room on an extremely crammed 40-man roster and with several candidates coming up through the system to take over the first base duties, Choi’s place on the roster seemed redundant. Although the reasoning behind parting...
DRaysBay 15 hours ago
Three Rays bullpen prospects to watch

Three Rays bullpen prospects to watch

Austin Vernon makes Bowling Green debut “Stable” reinforcements are on the way The Rays are known for finding bullpen talent. Pitchers like Jason Adam, Andrew Kittredge, the 2019 Nick Anderson, were at best unheralded, and in some cases close to forgotten. While some of these players have come through trades, others have made their way through the Rays farm system. And for those of you wondering whether the Rays farm still boasts a full stable, the answer is yes. Antonio Menendez Antonio Menendez was drafted in the 14th round of the 2021 draft out of Wake Forest as...
DRaysBay Nov 28, 2022
Five free agent pitchers that fit The Rays Way

Five free agent pitchers that fit The Rays Way

Michael Lorenzen | Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Diving into some available arms on the open market ahead of next week’s winter meetings. Over the past few winters the Tampa Bay Rays have been very active in the free agent pitching market. Corey Kluber, Brooks Raley, and Jason Adam were inked to major league contracts before the 2022 season, and Michael Wacha, Rich Hill, and Collin McHugh were signed in the previous offseason. While none of these signings were of the super splashy variety, the Rays have seen successful results from this group of pitchers overall....
DRaysBay Nov 28, 2022
Roundtable: Do the Rays regret the Wander Franco deal?

Roundtable: Do the Rays regret the Wander Franco deal?

Photo by Mark Blinch/ Year one of Franco’s massive 11-year deal was a dud when compared to expectations. It was one year ago over the holiday weekend that Wander Franco signed his 12-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays: 11 years, $182 million guaranteed, with a $25 million club option for the 12th year. The deal can max out at $223 million, and has $3 million escalators for 1-5 MVP finishes starting in 2028 (the year the Rays need to be in a new stadium). In the first year following the deal, Wander Franco was... well, injured. He took the field just 83 times and...
DRaysBay Nov 22, 2022
Rays prospect SS Carson Williams wins Minor League Gold Glove for 2022

Rays prospect SS Carson Williams wins Minor League Gold Glove for 2022

Carson Williams | Charleston RiverDogs | @ChasRiverDogs Williams was the Rays top draft pick in 2021. Tampa Bay’s top draft pick from 2021 — SS Carson Williams — has capped of his impressive debut season with an impressive honor: the top defender at the most difficult position in the sport across all levels of the minor leagues. Carolina League Championship ✅Carolina League All-Star ✅Rawlings Gold Glove® Award ✅Quite the 2022 season for Carson Williams... and if you haven't heard, he's only 19! pic.twitter.com/2AEL1dkhLI— Charleston RiverDogs...
DRaysBay Nov 19, 2022
Baseball America releases top ten Rays prospects for 2023

Baseball America releases top ten Rays prospects for 2023

NOVEMBER 08, 2021: Curtis Mead #44 of the Scottsdale Scorpions waits for a pitch during a game against the Mesa Solar Sox at Sloan Park on November 8, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. | Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Baseball America has released its top ten prospects for the Rays organization, which features a familiar name at the top of the list — you’ve seen him in the majors! — but fresh names throughout for those who do not follow the Rays system closely, making this year’s list a bit more dynamic than most. The full list can be found here and is behind...
DRaysBay Nov 17, 2022
Rays Your Voice: Should we care about the Rule 5 draft? Guest Darby Robinson

Rays Your Voice: Should we care about the Rule 5 draft? Guest Darby Robinson

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Why bother with the Rule 5 draft? Darby Robinson is back on the show this week to discuss how the Rays managed to make room for five additions to the 40-man roster, including losing long-tenured players Kevin Kiermaier, Ji-Man Choi, and Ryan Yarbrough. While all three of those players have played key roles in turning the Rays into perennial contenders, it was clear to most that 2022 would probably be their last season in St. Petersburg, for multiple reasons. The deadline to add Rule 5 eligible prospects to the roster was this past...
DRaysBay Nov 16, 2022
SB Nation Off-Season Simulation 2022: The Fake Rays

SB Nation Off-Season Simulation 2022: The Fake Rays

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Rizzo joins the Rays in our annual exercise. This year I was named the General Manager for the Tampa Bay Rays in the SB Nation Off-Season Simulation organized by Max Rieper of Royals Review. Preparation I’ve been in a fortunate position to be given a roster that is mostly complete and has made the playoffs four straight years. I was given a recommended payroll of $88MM which is a slight increase on the 2022 Opening Day payroll that came in just shy of $85MM. The 40-man is quite thick and my goal is to consolidate some of the 40-man roster and...
DRaysBay Nov 16, 2022
Rays cut Ryan Yarbrough, execute three more trades to finalize roster

Rays cut Ryan Yarbrough, execute three more trades to finalize roster

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via The 40-man roster is full after adding 5 prospects. To meet the requirements of the reserve list deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays have selected five players to their 40-man roster: infielders Osleivis Basabe, Greg Jones and Curtis Mead and right-handed pitchers Taj Bradley and Colby White. The addition of these prospects will prevent them from being selected by another organization in the Rule 5 draft. In order to make room on the roster, the Rays executed three trades both to make room on the roster and to return value on other top...
DRaysBay Nov 15, 2022
Rays trade Mastrobuoni to the Cubs

Rays trade Mastrobuoni to the Cubs

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports By dealing Mastrobuoni, the Rays clear a spot on the 40-manroster The Tampa Bay Rays have traded infielder Miles Mastrobuoni to the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Alfredo Zarraga. Mastrobuoni made his big league debut for the Rays in late September and played in eight games for the team over the final days of the regular season, compiling three hits over 17 trips to the plate. Originally selected in the 16th round of the 2016 draft by Tampa Bay, Mastrobuoni worked his way through the system. At each stop along the way,...
DRaysBay Nov 15, 2022
Rays promote Rodney Linares to bench coach, elevate two coaches to MLB staff

Rays promote Rodney Linares to bench coach, elevate two coaches to MLB staff

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Including popular Triple-A manager Brady Williams. Following the departures of bench coach Matt Quatraro and field coordinator Paul Hoover to the Kansas City Royals, the Rays have announced changes to Manager Kevin Cash’s coaching staff. The Rays have promoted Rodney Linares to bench coach, elevated Brady Williams from manager of Triple-A Durham to major league third base coach and elevated Tomas Francisco from minor league catching coordinator to major league field coordinator. “I could not be more thrilled to announce the...
DRaysBay Nov 14, 2022
Rays hire Jon Daniels as Senior Advisor, name three Assistant General Managers

Rays hire Jon Daniels as Senior Advisor, name three Assistant General Managers

Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports In total the Rays announced 8 changes at the senior leadership level via team press release. The Tampa Bay Rays have hired Jon Daniels as Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations. In this role, his focus will be supporting baseball ops senior leadership while utilizing his extensive experience in the industry to help further inform decision-making. In addition, the Rays have made several promotions and title changes within their Baseball Operations department: Will Cousins - Vice President, Assistant General Manager (Former: VP, Baseball...
DRaysBay Nov 10, 2022
Rays trade Ji-Man Choi & cut five players, including Kevin Kiermaier

Rays trade Ji-Man Choi & cut five players, including Kevin Kiermaier

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Among the cuts, LHP Brendan McKay has been retained and will be on the Triple-A roster. The Tampa Bay Rays have made six roster moves this week, having officially declined the 2023 club option on CF Kevin Kiermaier this afternoon, making him a free agent, and rounding out the roster deadline with the trade of 1B Ji-Man Choi to the Pirates. Earlier this week the Rays placed RHP Nick Anderson, LHP Brendan McKay, OF Roman Quinn and RHP Jimmy Yacabonis on outright waivers. All four cleared waivers. McKay has been outrighted to Triple-A...
DRaysBay Nov 9, 2022
The Rays five longest home runs of the 2022 season

The Rays five longest home runs of the 2022 season

Photo by Patrick Smith/ Over course of the 162 regular season games and the two games of the American League Wild Card series, the Tampa Bay Rays hit 140 homeruns, 139 of the leaving the park variety. This was just a smidge shy of the 222 hit in 2021 (sigh!), but without Austin Meadows (trade) and Brandon Lowe for much of the season, or Mike Zunino (injury) long balls were hard to come by. The team leaders were Randy Arozarena and Isaac Paredes, who both tallied 20 longballs over their respective campaigns. Only one other Ray was able to surpass single digits in...
DRaysBay Nov 8, 2022
Election Day: Who is your 2022 Rays MVP?

Election Day: Who is your 2022 Rays MVP?

Photo by Joe Sargent/MLB Photos via Rays up the vote! As we at DRaysBay hope you are all aware, today is Election Day in the United States. We hope you are researching your ballots for candidates and questions, and finding time to get out there and vote! To commemorate the day, every season’s discussion of who the “Team MVP” might have been is robust and even voted on locally, so here’s your chance as well. Who was the team MVP of the 2022 Rays? I’ll provide some candidates for discussion here and then we’ll use the comment and +1 system akin to our...

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