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Rays nearing deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson

Rays nearing deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson

Tampa Bay closing in on a deal with the 2015 Texas Rangers closer. The Rays are nearing a deal with right handed reliever Shawn Tolleson. Tolleson declined an assignment and became a free agent earlier this off-season. #Rays adding to bullpen, are close to finalizing a deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson, formerly of #Rangers. Saved 35 games in 2015, 11 in '16.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) January 17, 2017 Shawn Tolleson had a successful run with the Rangers in 2014 and 2015 where he threw 70+ innings and put up ERAs below 3.00 in each season. In 2015 he collected 35 saves and was awarded a...
DRaysBay Jan 17, 2017
Trade Targets: NL West

Trade Targets: NL West

After a particularly quiet offseason, the Rays started off the new year with a flurry of moves this month; however, despite their recent deals, Tampa Bay arguably still needs to bolster the bullpen and add a right handed bat if they want to enhance their position in the always difficult AL East. There’s always the possibility that they roll out the current roster come Opening Day, but, it seems GM Erik Neander continues to be “open minded” to a possible trade. As such, we turn our attention to the division with the lowest winning percentage in Major League Baseball, the National...
DRaysBay Jan 17, 2017
One year later, the Rays continue their Stadium search

One year later, the Rays continue their Stadium search

After a year of hunting, the Rays still haven't found a new home This week marks the one-year anniversary since the City of St. Petersburg gave the Rays permission to consider stadium sites anywhere in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Although there has yet to be any public announcement of a proposed site, the Rays and public officials on both sides of Tampa Bay have been active. Let’s review. Potential Sites in Pinellas County City officials in St. Petersburg and Oldsmar have discussed stadium sites with the team. We covered Oldmar’s proposal here. The Derby Lane facility has...
DRaysBay Jan 17, 2017
Matt Andriese is the reliever you are looking for

Matt Andriese is the reliever you are looking for

The data makes it pretty clear; Andriese should be in the bullpen. Matt Andriese is coming off a pretty successful sophomore year, all things considered. You might look at his 4.37 ERA for 2016 and think it wasn’t all that great, but his 3.78 FIP, 3.98 xFIP and 3.90 SIERA say otherwise. For that reason, Fangraphs gave Andriese 2.0 fWAR for his 2016 efforts. That’s about as good as you could ask from a 5th or 6th starter or long reliever. The problem is, he played both of those roles in 2016 and showed potential to excel at both. Which should the Rays go forward with? If you watched...
DRaysBay Jan 17, 2017
27 Days Until Spring Training Begins

27 Days Until Spring Training Begins

Jennings and Mahtook with career firsts, meanwhile a veteran has a week to remember Alas, the weekend is over the spring training countdown continues as we are not just 27 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Port Charlotte. To commemorate the date, here are the players to have donned the number 27 during their Rays careers, courtesy of the wonderful Baseball Reference. Rick White (1998), Jerome Walton (1998), Cory Lidle (1999-2000), Bobby Seay (2001-2003), Geoff Blum (2004), Damon Hollins (2005-2006), Scott Dohmann (2007-2008), Gabe Kapler (2009), Desmond Jennings (2010),...
DRaysBay Jan 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Development Camp has begun

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Development Camp has begun

It’s almost like Spring Training. Links The Rays’ development camp got started. From Topkin, here’s a list of who was invited. Here are pictures from camp. Some rising #Rays players got a little work in at the Trop today as part of our Winter Development Program. pic.twitter.com/m4EWZAlmLS— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) January 16, 2017 Bill Chastain wrote about top prospect Willy Adames, and the article includes good video of Adames speaking. Steve Kinsella summed up the offseason. Chris Anders calculates “expected home run percentage” with Statcast data. Steven Souza...
DRaysBay Jan 16, 2017
David Rodriguez is still lighting Australian baseballs on fire

David Rodriguez is still lighting Australian baseballs on fire

Will the Rays catching prospect David Rodriguez ever cool off? When we last wrote about David Rodriguez he was slashing .412/.444/.676 with an OPS of 1.121 in 36 PA in the Australian Baseball League. Since then the catching prospect has added a HR, a double, four singles, a walk, HBP, a stolen base and three strikeouts. That brings his slash to .444/.490/.733/1.223 in 48 PA. His 2.75 GO/AO ratio suggests he keeps the ball on the ground, but his 3 HRs this off season and 25 regular season HRs in his minor league career suggest he’s got plenty of power when he connects. D-Rod’s MLBfarm...
DRaysBay Jan 16, 2017
Rays Reportedly Open to Dealing Another Arm

Rays Reportedly Open to Dealing Another Arm

The Rays recent trade of Drew Smyly was thought to put an end to the months of speculation regarding the team’s desire to part with a piece of their rotation; however, Erik Neander breathed new life into those rumors yesterday in an interview on MLB Network Radio. After online personalities Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette asked if the team would consider parting with another arm, Neander reportedly responded as this tweet notes: #Rays GM Neander on if they'll trade another SP: "This deal does drop us down one established starter. We'll continue to have an open mind"— MLB Network Radio...
DRaysBay Jan 16, 2017
MLB Free Agent Rumors: Rays in bidding war for Jose Bautista

MLB Free Agent Rumors: Rays in bidding war for Jose Bautista

The Rays have been mildly connected with Jose Bautista throughout the off-season, but now it seems Bautista is prepared to take less money than he’d been otherwise offered to return to Toronto. This comes via report from Jon Heyman, who links only two other clubs to Bautista: Cleveland and Tampa Bay. sources: Jays and Bautista are talking about a 2-year deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 16, 2017 jays, bautista r finalizing deal. not fully done but expected to be 2 yrs, about $37M. rays, indians have been in bidding.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 16, 2017 Cleveland...
DRaysBay Jan 16, 2017
28 Days Until Spring Training Begins

28 Days Until Spring Training Begins

Another weekend closer to baseball Due to some confusion regarding the Rays spring training report dates and their first official workout, the countdown has gained a day so there are actually 28 days until spring training officially commences for the Tampa Bay Rays. To commemorate the date, here are the players to have worn the number 28 for the Rays. Eddie Gaillard (1998-1999), Steve Cox (2000-2002), Jim Parque (2003), Danys Baez (2004-2005), Al Reyes (2007-2008), John Jaso (2008, 2010-2011, 2015), Jose Molina (2012-2014), and Steve Pearce (2016) Some memorable Rays moments from these...
DRaysBay Jan 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links - Jake Odorizzi Heading for Arbitration

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links - Jake Odorizzi Heading for Arbitration

Daily news and links for January 16th, 2017 Former Rays Rookie of the Year recipient, Wil Myers, is close to signing an extension with the Padres Chris Carter is still a free agent, like a lot of sluggers...why? Matt Garza made his way into headlines over the weekend Fresh off a disappointing campaign with the Boston Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval is actually in the best shape of his life Some former all-star relievers are going to be pitching for Canada during the World Baseball Classic Hank Aaron will be getting a statue at the Braves new stadium With the Rays addition of Colby Rasmus,...
DRaysBay Jan 16, 2017
2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 14

2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 14

While the Rays add two prospects, it was an acquisition last offseason who claimed the No. 13 spot I took some initiative and added both prospects acquired by the Mariners to the list of choices. I originally planned on asking voters if Ryan Yarbrough should be added to the existing list, but I’m going to proceed with normal voting. If there’s demand in the discussion to place him higher than the No. 14 spot, we’ll address that with a vote. One tester this poll. Sorry about missing the vote Friday. There were some problems with the editor that I couldn’t straighten out until...
DRaysBay Jan 15, 2017
Rays Likely To Take A Step Back Against LHP

Rays Likely To Take A Step Back Against LHP

The Rays offense spent the better part of two seasons smashing left handing pitching. That’s likely to change. The Rays have potentially added two left handed bats to the outfield rotation with the announcement of an agreement on a one year deal with Colby Rasmus pending physical and the acquisition of Mallex Smith. This gives the Rays four left handed bats that will see time in the outfield. The Rays offense the last couple of years has been one of the best in the league against left handed pitching. In 2015 they hit .260/.324/.435 and a 110 that was fourth best in the majors. In the...
DRaysBay Jan 15, 2017
Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough Should Consider Adding Cutter to Arsenal

Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough Should Consider Adding Cutter to Arsenal

If you read through the recent introduction of Ryan Yarbrough, you’ll note that the few criticisms of his stuff include a sometimes erratic and slurvy curve, and that his FB can sometimes top out at 90-92 MPH. Those criticisms had me digging through some information to see which other pitchers had similar issues and what they did to flip it around and succeed. When you think plus change up, you think about Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada. His recent success in consecutive seasons - including some dominant starts during the playoffs in both 2015 and 2016 - should help alter people’s notion...
DRaysBay Jan 13, 2017
30 Days Until Spring Training Begins

30 Days Until Spring Training Begins

The first Rays All-Star, Dioner Navarro play hero, and Erasmo’s near no-no Another week is gone as Spring Training inches closer, now just 30 days away until pitchers and catcher report to Port Charlotte. To commemorate the date, here’s a list of players who have worn the #30 for the Rays. Rolando Arrojo (1998), Scott Aldred (1999), Jose Guillen (1999-2001), Brandon Backe (2003), Mark Hendrickson (2004-2006), Dioner Navarro (2006-2010), Brandon Guyer (2011), Luke Scott (2012-2013), Vince Belnome (2014), and Erasmo Ramirez (2015-2016). Some memorable moments to come for these players...
DRaysBay Jan 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays Arbitration Tracker

Tampa Bay Rays Arbitration Tracker

The Rays face an afternoon deadline to settle with 10 players This afternoon at precisely 1 PM Eastern, the cutoff for teams to settle with their arbitration eligible players. The Rays currently have 10 players on their roster who are eligible for arbitration so the front office has their work cut for them over the next couple of hours. The Rays did have one more player that was eligible for arbitration in Drew Smyly, but after being dealt to the Seattle Mariners during Wednesday’s trade the Rays are no longer on the hook for his raise, which was projected to be just under $5M. Once the...
DRaysBay Jan 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: A busy and exciting week for the Rays

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: A busy and exciting week for the Rays

The front office is really earning their keep this offseason Oh boy, this was an exciting week for the Rays front office. In a flash, the team has added a veteran bat, exciting prospects, and bolstered the outfield defense. Rays General Manager, Erik Neander stopped by to talk with Neil Solondz and Andy Freed about all the moves this week. Links: Jason Hanselman has been a player profile machine, this time breaking down the electric Mallex Smith. Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs discusses the all of a sudden super crowded Rays outfield. Also at Fangraphs, Eric Longenhagen takes a closer...
DRaysBay Jan 12, 2017
Season Preview: Evan Longoria

Season Preview: Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria has long been the face of the Rays’ franchise, but he entered the 2016 season with a few question marks about his offensive production. While few doubted the 30 year old could be at the very least an average third baseman, there were concerns about a drop in his OBP and and a pretty dramatic decline in his ISO (from .230 in 2013 to .151 in 2014). To many observers, this represented Longoria’s new normal. In the eyes of Sports Illustrated columnist Chris Corcoran: “this appears to be who Longoria is now,” “there’s minimal hope for a rebound,” and “his bat...
DRaysBay Jan 12, 2017
Ask DRB #25: Rays making moves!

Ask DRB #25: Rays making moves!

It might be cold outside, but the hot stove can keep us warm! Qs: Where does Mallex Smith fit into future plans? Is Mikie Mahtook now finished with the Rays? Or, what is his role now? Will the Rays look to acquire one more bat while they wait for Gillaspie and Bauers? With the Rays actually having more good position prospects than pitching prospects in the 18-22 yr old range, do we draft a college pitcher in June i.e. Faedo, Wright, Bukauskas? Discounting any further offseason moves, how do you think the Rays rank in AL East today going into the 2017 season? What happens to TBex this year?...
DRaysBay Jan 12, 2017
31 Days Until Spring Training Begins

31 Days Until Spring Training Begins

Poor Tony Saunders, meanwhile Jonny Gomes and Allan Dykstra go yard We are another day closer until pitchers and catchers finally report to Port Charlotte, thus beginning spring training and the 2017 baseball season. To commemorate the date, here are the players to have worn the #32 for the Rays during their careers. Tony Saunders (1998-1999), Todd Ritchie (2004), Jonny Gomes (2005-2008), Lance Cormier (2009-2010), Jose Lobaton (2011), Burke Badenhop (2012), Allan Dykstra (2015), and Xavier Cedeno (2015-2016). Some memorable moments to come for these players in these uniforms In an...

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