2:27 AM EST, Sat December 15, 2018
Tampa Bay Times 15 hours ago
For Rays, stadium deal isn't personal, it's just ruthless baseball business

For Rays, stadium deal isn't personal, it's just ruthless baseball business

The owners of the Tampa Bay Rays have said goodbye to their most popular players. Changed the team's name, colors and spring training home. Tossed aside century-old baseball strategies while winning more games than teams with payrolls twice their size.They are logical, innovative
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Tampa Bay Rays projected Opening Day roster after the Winter Meetings

Tampa Bay Rays projected Opening Day roster after the Winter Meetings

The Winter Meetings have come and gone and the Rays roster has undergone massive, significant changes. On Wednesday, the agreed to terms with Charlie Morton (the deal hasn’t been finalized yet), and then on Thursday afternoon they were part of a three team trade with the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians that sent 1B/OF Jake Bauers to the Indians, and brought INF Yandy Diaz to Tampa Bay. The trade gave the Rays more questions than answers as it now opens up a hole at first base and gives them yet another infielder to add to their logjam of players that could start at third base and...
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View from the Catwalk: Why you should love the Yandy Diaz trade

View from the Catwalk: Why you should love the Yandy Diaz trade

Written by your new captain of Yandy Diaz Yacht The Yandy Era is upon us. There are few names in baseball that I would have been more excited about the Rays acquiring this offseason than Yandy Diaz. I’ve had my eyes on Yandy for a while, and I know I’m not alone in that regard. While there’s more to being a baseball player than muscle mass, boy does he have muscle mass. If baseball doesn't work out for Indians' Yandy Diaz, he has a future in bodybuilding pic.twitter.com/LD712RpRN9— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 13, 2017 And while there’s more to hitting than exit...
Tampa Bay Times Dec 14, 2018
Winter meetings journal: Rays leave Las Vegas ahead

Winter meetings journal: Rays leave Las Vegas ahead

LAS VEGAS - Rays officials headed home Thursday from a surprisingly busy winter meetings, having added starting RHP Charlie Morton and INF Yandy Diaz, and still working toward some other potential moves."Looking at history to expect to come out of the winter meetings with as
Tampa Bay Times Dec 13, 2018
The upside (and downside) of the Rays' trade for Yandy Diaz

The upside (and downside) of the Rays' trade for Yandy Diaz

LAS VEGAS : There is plenty confusing about the Rays' latest big deal.They spoke again of their love and appreciation for first baseman Jake Bauers. And they've always shown how they value hanging on to their money.Yet Thursday morning they packaged Bauers, the sweet
Tampa Bay Times Dec 13, 2018
When are we going to learn to just trust the Rays?

When are we going to learn to just trust the Rays?

We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of one of the most significant trades in Tampa Bay Rays history.Dec. 20, 2017 is when the Rays sent most of Tampa Bay into full panic mode when they shipped their all-time best player to San Francisco.Happy holidays and so Longo.
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Rays bet on exit velocity with Yandy Diaz acquisition

Rays bet on exit velocity with Yandy Diaz acquisition

Can the right handed hitting third baseman shore up the Rays offense in a left hand dominant AL East? This morning the Tampa Bay Rays surprised many by trading Jake Bauers and $5 million as part of a three way trade that brought back Yandy Diaz from the Cleveland Indians. in other words, the Rays shed another first baseman, and this time to acquire another third baseman. While the Rays don’t have the multitude of options at third that they do at second base in the farm system, they still have Matt Duffy, Christian Arroyo, and Daniel Robertson already at the major league level. In 299...
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Rays trade 1B Jake Bauers for 3B Yandy Diaz in 3-team deal

Rays trade 1B Jake Bauers for 3B Yandy Diaz in 3-team deal

Tampa Bay sends Jake Bauers to Cleveland and receives Yandy Diaz and a player to be named later. As the Winter Meetings come to a close, the Rays made another big splast, landing infielder Yandy Diaz and a player to be named later for first baseman Jake Bauers. To put it lightly, this is a shock. Cleveland is also reacquiring first baseman Carlos Santana — who was traded from Philadelphia to Seattle earlier this month — and sending designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to the Mariners with a competitive balance draft pick. The Mariners will provide the PTBNL to the Rays, uniting the...
Tampa Bay Times Dec 13, 2018
Rays trade Jake Bauers to Indians for Yandy Diaz

Rays trade Jake Bauers to Indians for Yandy Diaz

The Rays made another big, and surprising, move today, trading 1B Jake Bauers to the Indians for INF Yandy Diaz as part of a three-team deal also involving the Mariners.While the swap of Edwin Encarnacion for Carlos Santana will get the national headlines, this was a major move by
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Rays lose RHP Sam McWilliams to Royals in the Rule 5 draft

Rays lose RHP Sam McWilliams to Royals in the Rule 5 draft

The Kansas City Royals have selected right handed SP Sam McWilliams from the Rays Triple-A roster with the second overall selection. A physically dominating presence on the mound, McWilliams was not projected to be ready as a starter, which is how the Rays planned to continue his development. You can read our previous writing on McWilliams as a potential Rule 5 selection here. Before the Winter Meetings, McWilliams was tabbed as one of the top-ten likely names to be selected in the Rule 5 draft in their preview article. 2. Sam McWilliams, RHP, Rays McWIlliams has already been traded twice....
Tampa Bay Times Dec 13, 2018
Winter meetings report: Rule 5 draft ahead

Winter meetings report: Rule 5 draft ahead

The downside of having a system stocked with promising prospects comes to a painful point today for the Rays with the annual Rule 5 draft of players of certain tenure not on 40-man rosters.Players the Rays could lose for the $100,000 (and have to be kept in the big leagues all
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Jake Bauers will be the Rays first baseman in 2019

Jake Bauers will be the Rays first baseman in 2019

The Rays front office has consistently praised the first baseman at the Winter Meetings Rays first baseman Jake Bauers began his major league career with a surge. He became a key component of the Rays everyday lineup and provided stellar defense at first base. He immediately rewarded the Rays for promoting him at the ripe age of 22 years old by hitting .239/.350/.477 with 9 HR, resulting in a 128 wRC+ over his first 234 plate appearances as a big leaguer. Tha is until August, when he hit a brick wall, and then fell off a cliff, and then careened into a canyon. The second half of the season...
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View from the Catwalk: Charlie Morton contract details emerge

View from the Catwalk: Charlie Morton contract details emerge

and finally more goings on at these sleepy Winter Meetings. Yesterday the damn finally broke on Winter Meetings news, and it was the Rays who came out on top, having secured the services of “World Series hero” Charlie Morton to be the new veteran presence in the Rays rotation. Initially announced as a two-year, $30 million deal, details have emerged that the Rays were able to add a third-year option on the contract. Per source, $15M vesting option in Charlie Morton’s two-year, $30M deal with #Rays works like this: If Morton on DL for more than 200 days in first two years, option...
Tampa Bay Times Dec 13, 2018
5 things to know about new Rays pitcher Charlie Morton

5 things to know about new Rays pitcher Charlie Morton

Five more things to know about new Rays RHP Charlie Morton, signed to a two-year, $30 million deal after pitching the last two seasons with the Astros:#CFMCharlie Morton comes with two nicknames. Going back to his Pirates days, he was known as Ground Chuck,
Tampa Bay Times Dec 13, 2018
Chief of Staff Jose Canseco? Former Rays slugger makes pitch to Trump

Chief of Staff Jose Canseco? Former Rays slugger makes pitch to Trump

NEW YORK - Former Rays slugger Jose Canseco is ready to take a swing at politics.The former major league slugger has made his pitch for a big job at the White House, tweeting Wednesday-to President Donald Trump: "u need a bash brother for Chief if (sic) Staff.

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