5:28 PM EDT, Sat March 23, 2019
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Matt Duffy to start the year on the Injured List

Matt Duffy to start the year on the Injured List

Duffy’s lingering injuries continue to plague him Matt Duffy, who entered camp this spring in arguably the best shape of his life, will start the season on the newly renamed Injured List, as he has dealt with a hamstring issue all spring long. When on the field, Duffy has been a solid contributor for the Rays, both offensively and defensively. However, staying on the field has been a struggle for him since being acquired at the 2016 trade deadline. He would quickly land on the, then disabled list, with a foot issue. He would miss the entire 2017 season with an achilles injury. He did...
7 hours ago
Tommy Pham is a dark-horse MVP candidate for 2019

Tommy Pham is a dark-horse MVP candidate for 2019

In the words of JP: “It could happen.” History tells us dark-horse candidates win MVP awards more often than you might think. Dustin Pedroia went from a 3.7 WAR season in 2007 to a 6.4 WAR season in 2008 to win the award. In 2010, Joey Votto went from 4.6 WAR to 6.9 WAR to win it. In 2011, Josh Hamilton’s potential materialized all at once to accumulate 8.5 WAR and run away with the trophy, while NL winner Ryan Braun went from a 3.7 WAR guy to a 7.1 WAR monster. Neither Boston’s Mookie Betts or Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich were projected to be front runners for the MVP in 2018....
8 hours ago
Rays make 10 more cuts with less than a week until Opening Day

Rays make 10 more cuts with less than a week until Opening Day

Emilio Bonifacio was among those to be reassigned on Friday On Friday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays announced 10 more spring training cuts as they narrow down their roster to 25 players in time for Opening Day this upcoming Thursday. The following players were reassigned to minor league camp: Emilio Bonifacio, Jason Coats, Oliver Drake, Mac James, Andrew Kittredge, Hoby Milner, Casey Sadler, Cole Sulser, Jake Smolinski, and Kean Wong. This leaves the Rays with a total of 30 players left on their spring roster and not many more decisions to make, regarding who will actually make the...
Mar 22, 2019
Who should the Rays target next for a contract extension?

Who should the Rays target next for a contract extension?

The team should lock down the next generation of All-Stars now. With free agency a mess, contract extensions are all the rage. The Rays have now handed out two contract extensions of their own to young players as they look to secure the core of a 90-win team for the foreseeable future. It may be wise for all sides involved (players, ownership, and fans who want to see players in Rays jerseys for the long haul) to continue the trend (which it sounds like it might!). #Rays Neander on if there could be more extension coming: "when there are opportunities that increases the chance they can...
Mar 22, 2019
DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 8, 2B Brandon Lowe

DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 8, 2B Brandon Lowe

Lowe rhymes with “wow,” as in “wow” that’s a lot of money! 2018 breakout prospect Brandon Lowe was one of the many pleasant surprises down on the farm that allowed the Tampa Bay Rays farm system to remain one of the best in the game, despite graduations from the likes of Willy Adames, Jake Bauers, Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo, Joey Wendle and many other rookies that played big roles on the major league club. Lowe’s breakout started in 2017 where he lit up the Florida State League (A+) with a .311/.403/.524 line with eight homers over 367 plate appearances. The knock was that...
Mar 22, 2019
View from the Catwalk: I didn’t miss anything, right guys?

View from the Catwalk: I didn’t miss anything, right guys?

Just your ordinary, slow late-March baseball day? I had the privilege of going to see my alma mater (the University of Vermont) play in their first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament on Thursday, staying with a friend in the Hartford area and missing out on Rays’ news for the most part until late in the evening. However, I’m a professional (stop laughing), and I have the Friday news and links beat, so I’m still going to let you know what went on in the world of the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Plus, it can’t be too wild, right? It’s late March, this is just the slow push towards...
Mar 22, 2019
What do contract extensions say about the Tampa Bay Rays?

What do contract extensions say about the Tampa Bay Rays?

After two contract extensions were given to core players, what have we learned about the Tampa Bay Rays? Extension season is here, and Twitter has opinions, y’all. Opinions that will give you whiplash if you aren’t careful. We went from “the Rays are cheap and are exploiting young talent” to “the Rays are only going to trade these guys anyway so enjoy them while you can” faster than you can say Wow those are some nimble goalposts. Advise to a lot of writers out there: Please lift with your legs when moving goal posts. Most workman's comp does not cover chiropractor...
Mar 21, 2019
Tampa Bay Rays sign Blake Snell to five year, $50 million deal

Tampa Bay Rays sign Blake Snell to five year, $50 million deal

The reigning AL Cy Young winner’s contract begins in 2019, and covers one year of free agency. The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly reached a contract extension with the reigning American League Cy Young, Blake Snell. Per a report from Marc Topkin, the Rays and Blake Snell have agreed to a five year contract extension that will pay Snell $50M over the life of the deal. Jeff Passan reports that there are no options involved in the contract. BREAKING: #Rays sign Cy Young winner Blake Snell to 5-year, $50 million guaranteed contract. Starts this year, includes all of arbitration and first...
Mar 21, 2019
What might the Rays’ minor league pitching staffs look like?

What might the Rays’ minor league pitching staffs look like?

As minor league season nears, it’s time to speculate about what the rosters might look like. Every year near the end of March, I try and guess what each full-season affiliate’s rosters might looks like, from the rotation to the everyday lineup. This season, predicting what the pitching staffs might look like was especially difficult — not because of a lack of prospects, but because so many players are hurt. Anthony Banda, Jose De Leon, Austin Franklin, Brent Honeywell, Jose Mujica, and Drew Strotman all can’t be penciled into spots to start the season, leaving a lot of holes to fill...
Mar 21, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Ichiro Suzuki to retire

View from the Catwalk: Ichiro Suzuki to retire

Plus, the Brandon Lowe afterglow The big news this morning, as actual baseball happens across the Pacific, is that today’s game in Japan is Ichiro’s last. The former ROY, MVP, 10x All-Star and 10x Gold Glove is retiring in front of a packed house in Tokyo. What a career. One final goodbye for a legend.Ichiro tips his cap to the Tokyo crowd as he leaves his last MLB game. pic.twitter.com/2FgBfpmIV2— ESPN (@espn) March 21, 2019 Ichiro exits in the 8th inning to a standing ovation in the Tokyo Dome. #MLB開幕戦 pic.twitter.com/uXtp0mQkuv— MLB (@MLB) March 21, 2019 We...
Mar 20, 2019
Tracking Brandon Lowe’s rise

Tracking Brandon Lowe’s rise

A brief history of the major headlines of Lowe’s career thus far Brandon Lowe is now locked in as a part of the Rays’ future, with them guaranteeing him at least $24M over the next six seasons with two option years that bring that total up to $49M, along with incentives. Let’s look back and follow Lowe’s journey through the Rays system. 2015 MLB Draft: Rays select college 2B Brandon Lowe The Maryland second baseman can flat-out hit, with terrific strike-zone discipline and the ability to hit for average and get on base at a high clip. He’s not a huge power guy, but he does have...
Mar 20, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Brandon Lowe reportedly signs extension

View from the Catwalk: Brandon Lowe reportedly signs extension

Brandon Lowe will be a member of the Rays for a long time to come There was some huge new for the Tampa Bay Rays reported late last night as Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rays and Brandon Lowe had come to terms on a six year deal. #Rays in agreement with IF/OF Brandon Lowe on six-year, $24M contract with two club options, sources tell The Athletic. Lowe, 24, has only 148 plate appearances in majors. Started 0-for-19 last Aug., but rallied for .847 OPS in Sept. No. 93 on BA’s list of top 100 prospects.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2019 Marc Topkin later reported that...
Mar 20, 2019
Rhymes with Wow: Rays extend Brandon Lowe

Rhymes with Wow: Rays extend Brandon Lowe

Rays reportedly ink Brandon Lowe to six year, $24M extension While you were sleeping, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rays had signed infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe to a six year extension. No, really. This is not a drill. #Rays in agreement with IF/OF Brandon Lowe on six-year, $24M contract with two club options, sources tell The Athletic. Lowe, 24, has only 148 plate appearances in majors. Started 0-for-19 last Aug., but rallied for .847 OPS in Sept. No. 93 on BA’s list of top 100 prospects.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2019 The story was later confirmed by Juan...
Mar 19, 2019
2019 Contingency Plans: Centerfield

2019 Contingency Plans: Centerfield

What are the plans if Kevin Kiermaier misses significant time? Someday, Kevin Kiermaier will play an entire season without significant injury. (Stop laughing, IT COULD HAPPEN!) Still, the odds of any player surviving a full season unscathed are not great; for a guy like KK, who makes Jim Edmunds looks cautious, the odds dip to that of a tribute at a two-person Hunger Games reaping. And while the Rays have multiple options elsewhere thanks to the flexibility of guys like Joey Wendle, Daniel Robertson, Brandon Lowe, and Yandy Diaz, the Mallex Smith trade to Mariner navy blue and northwest...
Mar 19, 2019
Avisail Garcia is a perfect hedge for 2019

Avisail Garcia is a perfect hedge for 2019

Whether he shares right field with Austin Meadows, earns more playing time, or falls apart, Avisail Garcia is the right bet for the Rays in 2019. The Rays spent the off-season looking to add a right handed bat to the lineup. While they were very closely involved with Nelson Cruz and even J.T. Realmuto to an extent, the Rays ended up signing enigmatic outfielder Avisail Garcia to a 1 year deal worth $3M with a possible $2.5M via incentives, which is a very Rays move to make. Garcia should play a significant role against LHP and could find himself some AB’s against RHP as well as he...