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2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 8

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 8

Photo by Joe Robbins/ In the span of eight days, Josh Lowe was added to the 40-man roster and community prospect list — one of which is extremely lucrative. Previous winner OF Josh Lowe (L/R, 6’4 205, 23 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 519 PA, .252/.341/.442, 18 HR, 45 XBH, 30/39 SB, 11.4 BB%, 25.4 K% Prior to the season being lost, Lowe was already set to be out for two months due to offseason shoulder surgery. He was coming off a breakout season with Montgomery, doubling his career home run total, remaining a threat on the bases, and maintaining...
Nov 26, 2020
Randy Arozarena released in Mexico, no charges will be filed

Randy Arozarena released in Mexico, no charges will be filed

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Allegations made against the player could not be proven in court. Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena has been released after his mandatory 48-hour detainment by Mexican authorities following allegations against the player related to a dispute over his daughter. In a portion of the incident filmed, Arozarena can be seen holding his daughter by his car while arguing with a crowd (which includes a responding police officer) about the care his daughter was receiving. Mexican newspapers detailed allegations related to the incident that led to his...
Nov 26, 2020
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Get a BreakingT Black Friday Discount here!

15% off through Nov 30! It’s been an absolute joy partnering with BreakingT to design Rays shirts this year — especially during the playoffs — and if there are any you’ve been considering this holiday season for you and yours, now is the time! Our Early Access Black Friday Discount is now live. Here are the details: 15% Off Everything site wide with discount code BIG15 No minimum! Discount applies to shirts, hoodies, kids, mugs and more. (Masks excluded.) Sale is live now and ends Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. PT Obviously, this is a great time to start holiday shopping!...
Nov 25, 2020
Wander Franco leaves Dominican Winter League after bicep injury

Wander Franco leaves Dominican Winter League after bicep injury

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via He will return to the US for tests. John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times reports baseball’s top prospect is heading stateside to seek precautionary medical tests after a right bicep strain sustained playing winter ball, an injury that was announced by his team in the Dominican three days ago: #NotasRojas Wander Franco se mantendrá hoy fuera del roster del día, mientras se recupera de molestias en su bíceps derecho. El campocorto ha sido uno de los mejores bateadores del Escogido en el torneo con una línea ofensiva de...
Nov 25, 2020
Rays Your Voice: Hunter Renfroe DFA, with Darby Robinson

Rays Your Voice: Hunter Renfroe DFA, with Darby Robinson

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Was this move made to cut costs or dead weight? Note: This episode was recorded on Sunday, November 22nd, before Charlie Morton signed with the Atlanta Braves, and before Randy Arozarena’s alleged domestic dispute. With Thanksgiving a day away, of course we needed to drop a podcast for our listeners to enjoy while either cooking or traveling (safely). Darby Robinson hops on this episode to talk about Hunter Renfroe, and the decision to designate him for assignment. On last week’s Rays Your Voice, I was joined by JT Morgan and Jim...
Nov 25, 2020
Charlie Morton meant more to Rays fans than his production

Charlie Morton meant more to Rays fans than his production

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports He was a talisman of the Rays good faith effort to win games. So the Rays failed to re-sign Charlie Morton. Despite, allegedly, trying. The Braves and Rays were the finalists for Morton, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 24, 2020 Morton signed with Atlanta for one year, $15 million, which was, you may recall, the team option that the Rays declined. From this we can deduce that the Rays valued Morton as a baseball player worthy of his rotation spot on this World Series team, but not at $15 million. Call it cheap, or...
Nov 25, 2020
Revisiting the Tommy Pham trade, one year later

Revisiting the Tommy Pham trade, one year later

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ 2020 shipwrecked a lot of trade value. How do we measure what’s left? When the Rays made the shocking decision to trade the best hitter from 2019’s roster, one thing was clear: there was a lot of value being placed on the prospect they acquired. One year later, not much has changed in that regard, but all the other moving pieces had 2020 seasons no one could expect. Here was the deal as it was conceived: Padres Receive: OF Tommy Pham INF Jake Cronenworth Rays Receive: OF Hunter Renfroe 2B Esteban Quiroz 2B Xavier...
Nov 25, 2020
2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 7

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 7

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via McKay, pictured throwing at the Trop in July, won the previous vote. Previous Winner DH/LHP Brendan McKay (L/L, 6’2 212, 25 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Tampa Bay: 11 PA, .200/.273/.500, 1 HR, 9.1 BB%, 18.2 K% — 49 IP, 5.14 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.4 BB%, 25.9 K% 2019 statistics with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham: 168 PA, .200/.298/.331, 5 HR, 9 XBH, 10.1 BB%, 30.4 K% — 73 2⁄3 IP, 1.10 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 6.5 BB%, 36.7 K% McKay’s 2020 season never got going. He tested positive for COVID-19, and shortly after...
Nov 25, 2020
View from the Catwalks: Too Cheap for Charlie

View from the Catwalks: Too Cheap for Charlie

Photo by Tom Pennington/ The Rays lowball effort on Morton comes up short, Snell is on the block, and Randy gets arrested in Mexico The Braves sign Charlie Morton to a 1/$15M deal, which was purported to be the option the Rays declined. More from Topper on Charlie Morton. Per Mark Feinsand, Blake Snell is on the trade block. Our own JT Morgan took a deep dive what a possible return for Snell might be. In a still developing story, Randy Arozarena was reportedly detained on Tuesday after domestic dispute. Tampa Bay star Randy Arozarena was detained in Mexico after an...
Nov 24, 2020
Randy Arozarena filmed in domestic dispute over daughter in Mexico

Randy Arozarena filmed in domestic dispute over daughter in Mexico

The Rays outfielder allegedly attempted to leave his ex-girlfriend’s home with his daughter against their wishes. Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena, whose recent historical postseason performance put him in a national spotlight, has reportedly been involved in a domestic dispute in Mexico. A Mexican newspaper report indicates that Arozarena arrived at his ex-wife’s home to deliver gifts to his daughter, and then subsequently attempted to leave with the child without permission. The article also alleges that during the attempt, Arozarena assaulted his former father-in-law, and...
Nov 24, 2020
Goodbye, Charlie Morton

Goodbye, Charlie Morton

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Morton signs with the Braves. What did we expect? The Rays decided that Charlie Freaking Morton was not worth $15 million and I am heartbroken. I guess they gambled that they could get him to shave a few million off his asking price because he lives in the area. And I guess he figured that for the $2 or $4 or $6 million more he could get from the Braves he could have a helicopter on standby to ferry him home. There will be other posts that can talk rationally about whether, at 37, he will still be an impact starter. There will be other...
Nov 24, 2020
MLB trade rumors: Three potential trade partners for Blake Snell

MLB trade rumors: Three potential trade partners for Blake Snell

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Ok, so we’re doing this. As Tampa Bay Rays fans we shouldn’t be surprised by anything. And so probably you were taken aback, but not shocked, when Mark Feinsand of MLB.com wrote, “Rays open to trading ace [Blake] Snell.” For a team coming off a World Series appearance the idea of trading their best starting pitcher while most of the team remains intact wouldn’t seem possible, but the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t other organizations. The Rays are willing to listen on anybody and if the right deal presents itself they aren’t afraid to make...
Nov 24, 2020
The Rays tried to save a few million and lost Charlie Morton in the process

The Rays tried to save a few million and lost Charlie Morton in the process

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The road back to the World Series just got a lot steeper. The Atlanta Braves have signed 2020 ALCS Game 7 hero and 2019 Cy Young finalist Charlie Morton. 2020 is the worst. The Rays had an option on Charlie Morton’s contract for 2021 — we think it cost $15 million. The Rays declined that option, at a time when reclamation projects coming off injury are signing for $11 million. Now Morton has signed for $15 million to pitch for the Atlanta Braves, the team that outbid the Rays for one of their best hitters from 2019 last...
Nov 24, 2020
Charlie Morton signs with the Atlanta Braves: A timeline

Charlie Morton signs with the Atlanta Braves: A timeline

Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via What just happened? Before the pandemic decided to wreak havoc on the entire world, things were relatively normal as Charlie Morton and the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays prepared for the 2020 baseball season. Charlie Morton was coming off a phenomenal season in 2019 in which he finished third in the American League Cy Young award voting. His exceptional season was more than the Rays could have hoped for after giving Morton the largest free agent contract in the franchise’s history. Morton became a fan favorite, a clubhouse leader,...
Nov 24, 2020
The Rays are open to trading every player on the roster

The Rays are open to trading every player on the roster

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Even Blake Snell! The Tampa Bay Rays were the best team in the American League last year, both in the regular season as baseball’s No. 1 seed, and in the playoffs as the ALCS champions. Tampa Bay took the historically great 2020 Dodgers to six games in the World Series and underperformed along the way. The Rays were good, they could have performed better, and now they’re looking to upgrade — at any cost. Particularly entering a year of great revenue uncertainty. We have no idea what the global pandemic will do to baseball in 2021. It...