6:22 AM EST, Sat February 22, 2020
17 hours ago
Friday open thread: Pick a fictional character to manage the Rays

Friday open thread: Pick a fictional character to manage the Rays

Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via via Sometimes, you need someone with some imagination! At some point, while watching a game, I’m sure we’ve all said to ourselves “I could manage this team better than this guy!” We have all had a moment of thinking we know better, or wondering how such mystifying decisions get made. This Friday’s open thread takes a different approach to the concept. Rather than asking yourself how you might handle being manager, we want to know which fictional character would be the best suited to manage a season for the Rays. I...
20 hours ago
Jose Martinez can mash

Jose Martinez can mash

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports His skill set seems perfect for the American League Is Jose Martinez a Ray yet? The question was posed throughout the 2018-2019 offseason when it seemed evident that the Tampa Bay Rays were interested in the slugger and just a matter of time until they eventually acquired him. Martinez was a highly sought after hitter during the winter after coming off consecutive seasons with a wRC+ north of 127. During the 2018 campaign, Martinez hit .305/.364/.457 with 17 HR over 590 plate appearances. However, as good an offensive player as Martinez was/is, his defensive...
21 hours ago
View from the Catwalks: Local Ray(s) in a great mood

View from the Catwalks: Local Ray(s) in a great mood

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Rays feel fearless, set to add more International FA talent, and Ji-Man’s dance moves already winning the Spring. Rays News No longer a novelty, Rays fear no one - even the Yankees - in 2020: ‘We’re stacked’ - Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY: It’s hard not to consider the Rays underdogs, with stacked payrolls in the Bronx and Boston, or trashcans and buzzers in Houston, but nobody is going to want to face the Rays in 2020. Update on Fan Graphs 2020 International Free Agent THE BOARD, with the Rays expected to sign the top IFA available. For more info...
23 hours ago
2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 27

2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 27

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Josh Fleming makes it four pitchers in the last five votes. Previous winner LHP Josh Fleming (6’2 210, 24 in 2020) 2019 statistics with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham: 148 2⁄3 IP, 3.57 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 4.4 BB%, 17.7 K% Fleming has been very effective in his two full seasons in the organization. The Rays named him Montgomery’s MVP this season, and he set career highs in strikeouts and innings. His stuff is just average, but he throws a ton of strikes and generates a ton of groundballs. He’s particularly effective against lefties,...
Feb 20, 2020
The updated Rays 40-man roster map

The updated Rays 40-man roster map

A different way of looking at who is on the 40-man roster The Tampa Bay Rays’ full 40-man roster has presented an opportunity for me to follow in the footsteps of a few other SB Nation sites in creating a 40-man roster map, such as Halos Heaven and Bluebird Banter. With a roster that still has traces back to the Devil Rays days, it was fun to put together a detailed map that traces how each player on the Rays roster found their way to St. Petersburg. The great thing about this method of displaying a 40-man roster is that it provides a clean look at all of the ways that the Rays acquired...
Feb 19, 2020
The best of Rays photo day

The best of Rays photo day

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via It’s a lot of work to have your photo taken One of the annual rites of passage for spring is the team’s official photo day, when a gaggle of photographers collects professional athletes and poses them as if they were still 10-year-olds in Little League. The results of those photos are often just as charming as if they really were of excited children. These are the faces of players on the cusp of a brand new season, when anything is possible, and the enthusiasm (and maybe a bit of amusement over the requested poses) shines through in the...
Feb 19, 2020
Rays announce monthly Ballpark Pass, introduce “RAYS WIN Pack”

Rays announce monthly Ballpark Pass, introduce “RAYS WIN Pack”

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Ballpark Pass will allow standing room access for $36 per month. The Tampa Bay Rays have announced three new ticket packs for the Rays 2020 season. All three ticket packs will be available for purchase starting Monday, February 24 at 10 a.m. in the MLB Ballpark app and at RaysBaseball.com/ticketpacks. Ballpark Pass A flexible and affordable new way for fans to experience as many Rays home games as their schedules allow, the Ballpark Pass offers a standing room ticket to any game at Tropicana Field for just $36 per month. The Rays Ballpark Pass offers access...
Feb 19, 2020
2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 26

2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 26

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ It’s been seven polls since our last major leaguer joined the list, but Michael Perez was the latest addition. Previous winner C Michael Perez (L/R, 5’10 195, 27 in 2020) 2019 statistics with Tampa Bay: 55 PA, .217/.345/.325, 5 XBH, 14.5 BB%, 34.5 K%2019 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 216 PA, .245/.338/.495, 13 HR, 13.0 BB%, 23.6 K% Acquired for Matt Andriese in 2018, Perez is the rare player who is not eligible for Rookie of the Year but still considered a prospect by some services. Statcast data from his time in the majors matches his scouting report —...
Feb 18, 2020
Rays announce ticket specials and sale dates for 2020 season

Rays announce ticket specials and sale dates for 2020 season

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Tickets for all 2020 Rays home games are exclusively available in the Ballpark app The Rays have announced ticket specials and sale dates for the 2020 season, including the new requirement that tickets be purchased and accessed exclusively through MLB’s app. Single-Game Tickets go on sale Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m. Single-game tickets go on sale to the general public in the MLB Ballpark app and RaysBaseball.com. Find the app in the App Store or Google Play by searching for “MLB Ballpark app.” Beginning Monday, February 24 at 10 a.m., single-game...
Feb 18, 2020
Predicting the Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day roster

Predicting the Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day roster

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Spring Training is officially underway, which players will make the Opening Day roster? The squad is here. Today, the rest of the Rays spring training roster officially reports to Port Charlotte and the first full team workouts begin. Kevin Cash and the rest of the Rays management will spend the next five weeks trimming their roster of 67 players down to the 26 that they’ll open the season with against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 26th at Tropicana Field. Cash will have his work cut out for him in deciding which players he’ll leave on the Opening...
Feb 18, 2020
View from the Catwalks:

View from the Catwalks:

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Rays News All Rays players are now in camp. And it was picture day! Always fun to see which players manage to look most uncomfortable. Brendan McKay looks like he’s posing for a mugshot: Photo by Julio Aguilar/ But Ji-Man Choi looks like he’s having fun no matter what he’s doing. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports MLB.com’s Juan Toribio has been hanging out with the team all week, and he’s already got some observations, including some strong Best Shape of His Life Candidates. Mostly notably, 1B/DH Nate...
Feb 17, 2020
Rays Season Preview 2020: Introducing Manuel Margot

Rays Season Preview 2020: Introducing Manuel Margot

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Getting to know Manuel Margot. Last weekend the Tampa Bay Rays completed a trade with one of their frequent trade partners,the San Diego Padres. The Rays brought in OF Manuel Margot and C/OF minor league prospect Logan Driscoll for what could have been the presumptive closer RP Emilio Pagan, last year’s leader in saves. Who is Manuel Margot? Once upon a time Margot was ranked the 25th overall prospect by Baseball America when he headlined the deal that sent Craig Kimbrel from San Diego to Boston. Since 2017, Margot has been the most-day center fielder for the...
Feb 17, 2020
Does Yandy Diaz have another Level-Up?

Does Yandy Diaz have another Level-Up?

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports If we can get a full season of the whoop-ass he served up last April, we’re in for a fun ride When Tampa Bay and Cleveland essentially swapped Jake Bauers and Yandy Diaz during the 2018-19 offseason, many saw it as a Challenge Trade. It was one of those rare moves in which two teams were exchanging young, promising players who looked to be a better fit on elsewhere. For Cleveland, Bauers filled a more pressing hole on their roster than did Diaz; the Rays saw Yandy’s biceps (and probably his swing, but mostly, you know, the biceps) and said ‘We can...
Feb 17, 2020
View from the Catwalks: Hellboy rides into the sunset

View from the Catwalks: Hellboy rides into the sunset

Photo by Jared Wickerham/ The latest on the banging scheme fallout, Stu isn’t selling (yet), Hellboy retires, and Tsutsugo reports Picking the Rays roster may be easier than you think. $ Brendan McKay will focus on pitching this spring. Yoshi is in camp! $ Yoshi Tsutsugo and Hunter Renfroe arrived in #Rays camp on day 3 of pitcher/catcher workouts:https://t.co/MZ4EZ6hnYa— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) February 16, 2020 Kevin Padlo is dealing with a non-baseball illness. #Rays announce that minor league INF Kevin Padlo “has been removed from baseball activities while he...
Feb 17, 2020
2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 25

2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 25

Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Seth Johnson makes it back-to-back 2019 picks on the list. Previous winner RHP Seth Johnson (6’1 200, 21 in 2020) 2019 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays and rookie-level Princeton: 17 IP, 2.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 4.3 BB%, 23.2 K% Despite both being college pitchers, Johnson and John Doxakis are not very similar. Johnson was a huge riser this spring as a fairly new convert to pitching after having little success as a hitter. His promise is why the Rays made him the No. 40 pick in June. He throws in the low-to-mid 90s, but the rest of his game...