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DRaysBay Nov 27, 2014

More analysis of Ernesto Frieri

I think we're all glad there's someone actually joining the team worth writing about. I'm mostly taking the day off, but I imagine y'all want to know everything there is to know about Ernesto Frieri, and you want to know it now. Luckily we've got a great group of writers in this Rays community serving up Frieri takes for Turkey Day (PSA: never deep Frieri a frozen turkey). The obvious comparison to make is between Frieri, the fly ball pitcher the Rays just signed, and Joel Peralta, the fly ball pitcher they just traded. Jason Hanselman makes that comparison on a more sophisticated level...
DRaysBay Nov 26, 2014

Is Ernesto Frieri poised for a rebound?

It depends on the value of a fly ball. The Rays have signed former closer Ernesto Frieri to an incentive-laden major league contract, making him the next in a long line of talented but flawed pitchers that the Rays have brought on as reclamation projects. Many, but not all, of these pitchers have been successfully reclaimed. Will Frieri be the next? What makes the Rays think it's worth looking past his 7.34 ERA from last season? Home Run per Fly Ball Regression This part is simple, but it still has to be said. Last season, fly balls became home runs at a rate of around 9.5%. The league's...
Rays Index Nov 26, 2014

Rays Cut Sean Rodriguez To Make Room For Veteran Reliever

The Rays have signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, incentive-laden contract. To make room on the roster, the Rays have designated infielder Sean Rodriguez for assignment. Frieri will get $800,000 guaranteed but could make up to $3.15 million with incentives according to Roger Mooney. Those incentives […]
DRaysBay Nov 26, 2014

Rays sign RHP Ernesto Frieri, Designate Sean Rodriguez

The Rays surprised the baseball world this afternoon by designating bench stalwart Sean Rodriguez for assignment to clear room for RHP Ernesto Frieri. #Rays have signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract and have designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 26, 2014 Rodriguez was in the last year of his rookie contract and was considered trade bait for the winter. He's been the back up at every position on the field for the Rays, save catcher, since his acquisition from the Angels in the Scott Kazmir trade prior to the 2010...
DRaysBay Nov 26, 2014

Are the Rays targeting a Padres catcher?

With the release of Jose Molina and the loss of an expert pitch framer, the Rays are back on the market for a new backup. Capable prospect Curt Casali is around and waiting for his chance at the show, but his bat didn't play as nicely as it did in the minors last season, and by Marc Topkin's account, the Rays would like more depth at the position for the MLB level. That brings us to the trade market, where Casali or the acquired catcher could possible be stashed in Durham and cycled through. This is particularly helpful when your starting catcher is injured as often as Derrick Rose. We...
DRaysBay Nov 26, 2014

Twins hire Neil Allen as Pitching Coach

Neil Allen, pitching coach for the Triple-A Durham Bulls since 2011 and responsible for working with each of the Rays' front line starters, has taken the same position at the major league level, joining the Minnesota Twins. A fan favorite for some hen he was pitching in the majors for the Mets, Neil took on the role of bullpen coach for the Yankees in 2005 before joining the Rays system. Allen helped lead the Bulls to three division titles and a Governors' Cup Championship during his four year tenure. He joined the Rays in 2007, coaching with Double-A affiliate Montgomery until 2009, and...
DRaysBay Nov 25, 2014

Dave Martinez releases statement on departure from Rays

Dave Martinez is departing the Rays in a move that seemed rather likely. "I informed the Rays this week that I have chosen to move forward and consider other opportunities that may present themselves outside the organization," Martinez said in a statement. "It was a hard decision that I think is best for myself and the Rays. I want to thank our fans for their overwhelming support. It has meant the world to my family and me. For the past nine years, the players and staff have been an extension of my family and the memories that we have all shared and the relationships that have been built...
Rays Index Nov 25, 2014

Dave Martinez Is Out As Rays’ Bench Coach

In a move that is no surprise, Dave Martinez has resigned as bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays stating that he has chosen to “move forward and consider other opportunities that may present themselves outside the organization.” Martinez was under contract for the 2015 season, however, there was little […]
DRaysBay Nov 25, 2014

Rays place Jose Molina, master pitch framer, on release waivers

The Rays' primary catcher since 2012 was placed on release waivers, along with Rays utility infield prospect Cole Figueroa. The former is without a home on a crowded Rays bench and I wish him the best, but he's not the surprising release by Tampa Bay. Yes, the Rays have not only designated their catcher for assignment, they have released Jose Molina. Either player could be claimed by another team for the price of $1. That team would then assume the player's salary for 2015 and need to add him to the 40-man roster. Otherwise, each can accept an assignment to Triple-A and keep his salary, or...
DRaysBay Nov 24, 2014

Five questions for Matt Silverman about the Rays managerial search

Are the Rays getting the process right? Late last week, the Rays announced the three finalists to be their next manager. The finalists are Don Wakamatsu, the former manager of the Seattle Mariners, Kevin Cash, a former Rays catcher and Cleveland's current bullpen coach, and the not-yet-retired Raul Ibanez. Conspicuously absent are the two internal candidates: bench coach Dave Martinez and Triple-A coach Charlie Montoyo. A majority of people here, myself included, assumed that given the success the team has enjoyed over the past seven seasons, the Rays front office would value continuity and...
Rays Index Nov 24, 2014

Former GM Has Idiotic Criticism Of Rays’ Search For A New Manager

Former Reds, Expos, and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden is now an analyst for ESPN and recently wrote a column criticizing the Rays for how they are conducting their search for a new manager to replace Joe Maddon. Bowden’s biggest criticism seems to be that the Rays interviewed a bunch […]
Rays Index Nov 24, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

After the Rays narrowed their managerial search to three candidates on Friday, the biggest news to come out over the weekend is that Matt Silverman actually asked some of the veteran players for their opinion on who should be hired and according to Jim Bowden, they pushed for Dave Martinez. […]
DRaysBay Nov 22, 2014

Rays sign 1B/DH Allan Dykstra to minor league contract

Re-sign RHP Bryce Stowell as well. According to mlb.com's transactions page, the Rays have signed 1B Allan Dykstra and RHP Bryce Stowell to minor-league contracts. 27-year old Allan Dykstra played his first full season at Triple-A last season for the Mets before finding free agency. Prior to last season, New York deployed Dykstra on the Double-A squad three full seasons in a row after his acquisition from the Padres. Dykstra is a former first round draft choice out of Wake Forest in 2008, advertised to have plus-plus power that's never materialized more than 21 home runs in a season (2012...
Rays Index Nov 21, 2014

Dave Martinez Not Among 3 Finalists To Be Next Rays Manager

Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez, and Don Wakamatsu are the three finalists to be the next manager of the Rays the team announced on Friday. The one name not on the list that may surprise many Rays fans is bench coach Dave Martinez. However, as we have mentioned before there were […]
DRaysBay Nov 21, 2014

Three Finalists for Rays Manager: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu

NOT Davey Martinez The Rays were expected to pare down their list of manager candidates this afternoon, from a gaudy ten name list to something more... uh... manageable. Shockingly, Dave Martinez is not under consideration. BREAKING: #Rays managerial finalists are Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. Bench coach Dave Martinez is out. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 21, 2014 Now that we know those names, speculation can begin on who might be the best fit for the future of the franchise, but that that speculation with a spoon full of salt. We truly have minimal insight...
DRaysBay Nov 21, 2014

Joel Peralta: a trade without information imbalance

Two GMs with the same information seem to have arrived at different conclusions. Why do trades happen? And more specifically, why did the Joel Peralta trade happen? #Rays trade RHP Peralta, LHP Liberatore to LAD for RHP Jose Dominguez (40-man) and Class A RHP Greg Harris. Will add Dominguez to 40-man — RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) November 21, 2014 Sales are simple -- I have $2.50, and I need to get to work, so I buy a metro card (which is generally agreed to be valued at $2.50) and the MTA takes me to work -- but a barter system is more complex. There are several factors that can drive...
Rays Index Nov 21, 2014

Rays Trade Joel Peralta To Andrew Friedman And The Dodgers

The Rays have announced that they have traded Joel Peralta and triple-A reliever Adam Liberatore to the Los Angeles Dodgers for relief pitcher Jose Dominguez and single-A starting pitcher Greg Harris. Dominguez has made 14 appearances out of the bullpen for the Dodgers over the last two seasons. Harris was […]
DRaysBay Nov 21, 2014

40-man Roster News: O'Conner, Brett, Mahtook, Andriese, Garvin, Dominguez Protected

Molina, Peralta, Figueroa, Kohn, Liberatore Gone At the end of a very long night, the Rays have purchased the contracts of speedy 2B Ryan Brett, the incredible arm of C Justin O'Conner, the developing outfielder Mikie Mahtook, groundballing starter Matt Andriese, impeccable southpaw Grayson Garvin, and added the blazing fastball of RHP Jose Dominguez. To make room for six names coming on the roster, the Rays cut heavyweight catcher Jose Molina, recently signed reliever Michael Kohn, and infielder Cole Figueroa. The former two are under contract and have ten days to be traded, or the Rays...
DRaysBay Nov 21, 2014

Rays trade Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore to Dodgers for younger arms

They received Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. The Rays have traded former relief ace Joel Peralta and triple-A pitcher Adam Liberatore to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two right-handed pitchers, first reported in my twitter stream by Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. #Rays trade RHP Peralta, LHP Liberatore to LAD for RHP Jose Dominguez (40-man) and Class A RHP Greg Harris. Will add Dominguez to 40-man — RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) November 21, 2014 Peralta will be 39 in 2015, and last season he struggled to a 4.41 ERA, his highest since 2009, leading some observers to be surprised when...
Rays Index Nov 20, 2014

Rays To Cut Jose Molina

The Rays are going to designate Jose Molina for assignment according to Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com. #Rays will DFA C Jose Molina tonight as they clear roster space. Is signed for $2.75M for 2015. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 20, 2014 The Rays need to make the move to clear […]

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