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Rays acquire RHP Kevin Kelly in Rule 5 draft for 2022

Rays acquire RHP Kevin Kelly in Rule 5 draft for 2022

Kevin Kelly | MLB Pipeline The Rays also lost LHP Jose Lopez to the Padres It was a busy day for the Tampa Bay Rays as they were involved in several selections during the annual Rule 5 draft on Wednesday evening. Having a cleared a spot on the 40-man roster earlier in the day by trading LHP Brooks Raley to the New York Mets, the Rays were able to make an addition to their roster during the draft. However, when it came time for them to make a selection, they passed. Instead, the Rays had already made an agreement beforehand with the Colorado Rockies, who had the 6th...
Dec 8, 2022
Tampa Bay Rays trade LHP Brooks Raley to the New York Mets

Tampa Bay Rays trade LHP Brooks Raley to the New York Mets

Photo by Eric Espada/ The Tampa Bay Rays have traded left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley to the New York Mets for minor league left-handed pitcher Keyshawn Askew. Raley had signed a two year deal (with an option for a third year) with the Rays as a free agent in November of last year. During his lone season with Tampa Bay, Raley appeared in 60 games and compiled a 2.68 ERA & 2.74 FIP over 53 2⁄3 innings pitched. He was slated to make $4.5M in 2023, then whichever team he is on as the option to keep him for $6.5M in 2024 or buyout the option year for $1.25. Although Raley...
Dec 6, 2022
Rays Your Voice: Rays sign Eflin, what’s next?

Rays Your Voice: Rays sign Eflin, what’s next?

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Will the Rays continue dipping into the free agent market? On this week’s episode of Rays Your Voice, I’m joined by Darby Robinson to react to and discuss the Rays' record-breaking signing of RHP Zach Eflin. While the Rays signing anyone to a $40 million deal is surprising, Eflin may not have been the free agent addition fans were expecting heading into this offseason. Darby and I debate what the Eflin deal does to the rest of the free agent market and how this signing impacts the Rays’ objectives. Last week Danny Russell posted a...
Dec 6, 2022
Tropicana Field site redevelopment, continued

Tropicana Field site redevelopment, continued

Sugar Hill proposal More plans! The Rays released elements of their proposal for the Tropicana Field site, which we covered here and here, last weekend. We had mentioned at that time that the Rays (along with their development partners) were one of four proposals. Now we have additional information on the other three. You can read about the proposals, and find links to the full submissions, at St. Pete Catalyst and the Tampa Bay Times. To not duplicate those efforts, we will focus on the differences between the four proposals in this article. Said another way — as...
Dec 6, 2022
Rays interested in Bobby Dalbec

Rays interested in Bobby Dalbec

Photo by Mark Blinch/ With a first base vacancy, the Rays are looking into all available options The Tampa Bay Rays have an opening at first base and reports are showing that they may be looking to address that need by making a trade with a division rivial. Per a tweet from Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal, the Rays are showing an interest in Boston Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec. Not surprisingly, the Red Sox have told teams that Bobby Dalbec is available. Tampa Bay is one team which has expressed some interest.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) December 6,...
Dec 6, 2022
Winter Meetings Open Thread

Winter Meetings Open Thread

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Join the conversation! Stadium news has flooded the front page, so here is perhaps a better place to react to the latest news (eg Trea Turner under contract through age 40?). What will the Rays do next? What will everyone else? Talk about it here.
Dec 6, 2022
MLB Winter Meetings: Rays interested in OF Andrew McCutchen

MLB Winter Meetings: Rays interested in OF Andrew McCutchen

Photo by Stacy Revere/ The former MVP is approaching career milestones. Per a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing interest in signing free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The Dodgers and Rays have interest in former MVP Andrew McCutchen, who is 52 hits away from 2,000 for his career, and 13 homers away from 300.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 6, 2022 McCutchen, 36, was born in Fort Meade and attended high school there as well. It was from that somewhat-local high school that he would be drafted...
Dec 5, 2022
Fred McGriff is a Hall of Famer

Fred McGriff is a Hall of Famer

McGriff was elected unanimously by the Contemporary Era committee Fred McGriff is going to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. On Sunday night it was announced that Fred McGriff had been voted unanimously into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the 16-member Contemporary Era committee, which is made up of other Hall of Famers, league executives, and veteran media members. Players were required to receive at least 12 votes in order to be enshrined, with McGriff being the only player on the eight player ballot to meet this criteria, receiving 16 votes. Don...
Dec 5, 2022
Rays new stadium proposal would keep them in St. Petersburg. Does anyone care?

Rays new stadium proposal would keep them in St. Petersburg. Does anyone care?

Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via The Rays rolled out their latest stadium plan on Friday late afternoon, meeting the final and extended deadline set by St. Petersburg’s Mayor for proposals to redevelop the 86-acre plot that takes up a vast amount of downtown St. Petersburg. Usually moments of new stadium renderings are opportunities for celebration, a red carpet with VIP’s and the media in tow. This time, however, there has been little fanfare. Perhaps it’s best that the Rays keep this quiet. They had a VIP rollout celebration of the Ybor...
Dec 2, 2022
The Rays and their development partners

The Rays and their development partners

The Rays are one of four bidders to redevelop Tropicana Field with a baseball stadium. This afternoon the Tampa Bay Rays prepared a press release regarding their proposal for redeveloping Tropicana Field with a new baseball stadium, in partnership with two organizations: real estate developer Hines, and architecture firm Gensler. Here are the public statements from leaders at all three organizations, via team press release: Tampa Bay Rays The Tampa Bay Rays mission is to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball. The organization is committed to building a...
Dec 2, 2022
Rays release new St. Petersburg stadium renderings in partnership with Hines, the developer of Petco Park

Rays release new St. Petersburg stadium renderings in partnership with Hines, the developer of Petco Park

The Rays are partnering with the developer of Petco Park for their latest stadium proposal. Following years of drama, the Tampa Bay Rays have formally submitted a proposal for a new baseball stadium at the Tropicana Field site, and provided the following renderings for a new ballpark and mixed-use district in downtown St. Petersburg. The pyramid shaped stadium is planned to be covered in green space, and in the renderings includes a music hall and African American museum. The development partner for this stadium concept is Hines, a Houston-based...
Dec 2, 2022
St. Petersburg received four proposals for Tropicana Field redevelopment

St. Petersburg received four proposals for Tropicana Field redevelopment

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Including one by the Rays. December 2, 2022 was the deadline for proposals for redevelopment the 86 acre site that currently houses Tropicana Field (and a whole lot of parking) into a new, mixed use “city within a city.” St. Petersburg received four proposals, including one from the Tampa Bay Rays. Some background: Back when the Rays were still promoting their split city plan, former Mayor Kriseman had released a previous Request for Proposals to redevelop this site, asking for concepts with and without a baseball stadium. The city...
Dec 1, 2022
Rays, Charlotte County announce Spring Training will have to relocate for 2023

Rays, Charlotte County announce Spring Training will have to relocate for 2023

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Due to extensive damage to Charlotte Sports Park caused by Hurricane Ian the Rays will need new accommodations for Spring 2023. The Tampa Bay Rays and Charlotte County have issued the following joint statement: “Following a joint assessment of the damage to Charlotte Sports Park caused by Hurricane Ian, Charlotte County and the Tampa Bay Rays have determined there is not adequate time before the Rays 2023 spring training is scheduled to begin to get the park in suitable condition to host games. Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts...
Dec 1, 2022
Rays sign RHP Zach Eflin to 3-year, $40 million deal

Rays sign RHP Zach Eflin to 3-year, $40 million deal

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports This is financially the largest contract the Rays have ever given a free agent. The Tampa Bay Rays have preempted the Winter Meetings by signing starting pitcher Zach Eflin to a three-year, $40 million deal according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Eflin started the 2022 season as a member of the starting rotation but transformed into a swing man. He made 13 starts over 20 appearances including one save with a 4.04 ERA before a knee contusion put him on the injured list. He returned in September and in the 2022 postseason Eflin went...
Dec 1, 2022
Rays interest in Jacob deGrom real but “pessimistic”

Rays interest in Jacob deGrom real but “pessimistic”

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports The Rays have interest in every good player, but where there’s smoke... As we have seen in previous seasons, the Tampa Bay Rays are finally ready to spend. Not only did they guarantee baseball’s best prospect a $182 million deal, but the Rays have been finalists for some of baseball’s top free agents in recent seasons in Marcell Ozuna, Justin Turner, Freddie Freeman (for whom they were the highest but losing bidder), and even a closer like Craig Kimbrel. So it shouldn’t be a surprise the Rays have checked in on some of the top free...