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Luis Patino ranked 5th best RHP prospect by MLB Pipeline

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports The Rays recent acquisition is among the top pitching prospects in baseball The prize of the deal that sent Blake Snell to the San Diego Pades, Luis Patino is among the best pitching prospects in all of baseball. As they build up to their 100 prospect rankings being released, MLB Pipeline has listed their top ten right-handed pitching prospects in the gam entering the 2021 season. Coming in at 5th on the list is none other than the 21 year old pitcher whom the Rays acquired from San Diego. Patiño’s velocity has ticked up as he’s...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Jameson Taillon Trade Talks Heating Up

At this point you may as well rename Rum Bunter a Jameson Taillon blog. Earlier in the day we discussed that the Pittsburgh Pirates were facing a dilemma on what to do with Taillon. Then the Tampa Bay Rays were kicking the tires on Taillon. Shortly after the news on the Rays kicking the tires […] Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Jameson Taillon Trade Talks Heating Up - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

With Hicks back, depth tested, Cardinals' velocity and variety give veracity to being bullish on bullpen

Nearly 20 months after elbow surgery, 100-mph closer readies to bolster a strength the Cardinals recently have had — and need as much as ever.

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Pirates rumors: Jameson Taillon dealt to Yankees

Pirates rumors heated up fast regarding Jameson Taillon The latest rumors revolving around the Altoona Curve — sorry, those are Pittsburgh Pirates rumors; it just seems the club wants to be its own Double-A affiliate –have the Pirates dealing 29-year-old right-hander Jameson Taillon, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, to the New […] Pirates rumors: Jameson Taillon dealt to Yankees - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Toronto Blue Jays showing interest in free agent starter James Paxton

Toronto Blue Jays eyeing Canadian James Paxton as reclamation project James Paxton is coming off the worst season of his professional baseball career after struggling to fight through an array of injuries. But that doesn’t seem to be deterring the Toronto Blue Jays from looking at taking a chance at adding a potential quality starter […] Toronto Blue Jays showing interest in free agent starter James Paxton - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Rays net 7 prospects in Baseball Prospectus top 101

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Wander Franco is of course, number one Baseball Prospectus has released their top 101 prospects in the game entering the 2021 season and it comes as no surprise that Wander Franco is the highest ranked player on the list. He is among seven players within the Rays organization to be featured. Well many of those seven names are expected, the high placement of pitcher Shane Baz may come as a bit of a surprise. The complete rankings of the Rays prospects included on the list. 1. Wander Franco, SS20. Randy Arozarena, OF24. Shane Baz, RHP25....

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2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: No. 25

Alejandro Pie wins a tight contest of young infielders. Previous winner SS Alejandro Pie (R/R, 6’4 175, 19 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Dominican Summer League Rays 1: 253 PA, .289/.361/.342, 24/32 SB, 11 XBH, 4.3 BB%, 18.2 K% Pie was one of the Rays’ top two signings in the 2018-19 international period, and he was decent in his pro debut — although his 5.9 HBP% is likely unsustainable. Despite his size and potential for growth, he could stick at shortstop thanks to his athleticism. If not, he has the arm to play anywhere on the field. With that size comes power...

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Rays Kicking Tires on Jameson Taillon

Already completing two trades this offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates are reshaping their farm system and trying to compete more towards the future in 2023 and beyond.  Jameson Taillon keeps drawing interest from AL East clubs. The Pittsburgh Pirates farm system is improving with Ben Cherington at the helm as the General Manager of the club.  […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Rays Kicking Tires on Jameson Taillon - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Former Mets manager Davey Johnson has COVID-19, released from hospital

Former Mets manager Davey Johnson is battling coronavirus.

Baltimore Sun

Former Orioles manager and second baseman Davey Johnson hospitalized with COVID

Former Baltimore Orioles manager Davey Johnson is in a Florida hospital with COVID-19, according to former New York Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz

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Ex-Mets manager Davey Johnson recovering after COVID-19 hospital treatment

Former Mets manager Davey Johnson revealed to The Post on Friday that he battling COVID-19. Johnson, who led the 1986 Mets to the World Series title, was asked for his thoughts on former Braves teammate Hank Aaron’s passing on Friday. He was able to offer some words, though not many. “Loved him,” Johnson wrote to...

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Mets Morning News for January 23, 2021

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mets’ interest in Trevor Bauer may have grown in recent days. 1986 manager Davey Johnson had to go to the hospital to receive treatment for COVID, but the 77-year-old is thankfully back home now. Hall of Famer and Braves legend Henry “Hank” Aaron passed away at the age of 86, and a few former Mets shared their thoughts about the former slugger. Faith and Fear in Flushing also penned a tribute to Aaron. The Amazins have now missed out...

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Saturday Rockpile: The 2012 rebuild deserves a rewind

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Colorado Rockies news and links for Saturday, January 23, 2021 If there was ever a time the Colorado Rockies entered a rebuild, 2012 was it. The Rockies played the long-term game; years later, they won. Colorado lost 98 games in 2012, the worst mark in franchise history. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer started the second game of the season. Jeremy Guthrie was the Opening Day starter and posted a 6.35 ERA before a trade to Kansas City. Jorge De La Rosa rehabbed from Tommy John surgery. Troy Tulowitzki’s season ended in May when he...

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View from the Catwalks: Rays galore on the Baseball Prospectus 101

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Another prospect list, more Rays prospect domination Rays News 2021 Prospects: The Top 101 - Jeffrey Paternostro, Jarrett Seidler, and Keanan Lamb, Baseball Prospectus: Wander gets another number 1 overall, but the real eye opener is Shane Baz’s placement. Top 100 Roundtable: Was Wander Franco A Clear No. 1 Entering 2021? - J.J. Cooper, Baseball America: BaseballAmerica’s masthead discuss their process going into Wander at 1, and whether it was ever in doubt. Fleming not shy about his initial goal for ‘21 - Adam Berry,...

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Rays Sign Yacksel Rios to Minor League Deal

Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Deal announced by Rios’ agent and includes a Spring Training Invite The Tampa Bay Rays have signed RHP Yacksel Rios to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to his agent Gavin Kahn. Congrats to our client, RHP Yacksel Rios, on his new contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. ✍️✍️ #TampaBay #RaysBaseball #TampaBayRays #MLB #TeamESM @MizunoBsballNA @EnterSportsMgmt pic.twitter.com/UeF1LThKTF— Gavin Kahn (@Gavin_Kahn) January 21,...

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Gabbing w/ Gamble: Who’s your second favorite team?

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ “If you ain’t first, you’re last” Hello and welcome back to our fun little site for another Friday discussion. We’ve made it through another week, and are now that much closer to spring- and with it, Twins baseball. However, we’re not talking Twins today- we’re talking Rockies, or Athletics, or Dodgers, or Rays, or maybe any other team (besides the Yankees and White Sox, hopefully). Who is your second favorite MLB team? Now, perhaps, you don’t really have one. You’re all Twins, through and through. I can relate. However, even...

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Rusty Kuntz returns, Tony Pena, Jr. joins Royals coaching staff

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Hey, player! Rusty Kuntz will rejoin the Royals’ coaching staff, as the Royals announced their 2021 coaching staff. Kuntz will serve as first base coach, a position he held from 2012 to 2017. He left the coaching staff in 2018 due to vision problems, but was set to return following surgery, only to miss the 2020 season due to the pandemic. Joining the staff will be former shortstop Tony Pena, Jr., who played for the team from 2007-2009. Pena was tabbed to manage the Burlington Royals last year before the season was cancelled, and he spent two...

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Mets: Three David Peterson predictions for the 2021 season

The New York Mets were starved for starting pitching depth in 2020, entering spring training with eight starting pitchers and ending the season with about three. After Noah Syndergaard went down with Tommy John surgery, Marcus Stroman opted out of the season, and Michael Wacha got injured early on in the shortened season, David Peterson […] Mets: Three David Peterson predictions for the 2021 season - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

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Colorado Rockies: You need to see this Nolan Arenado swing

There’s a new video showcasing Colorado Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado swinging the bat, mashing a baseball, and showing absolutely no sign of a shoulder injury that slowed his production at the plate during the 2020 season. MLB.com posted a video of Arenado taking batting practice under sunny skies and the swing had us […] Colorado Rockies: You need to see this Nolan Arenado swing - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The pitch clock is the silver bullet for some of MLB’s self-described problems

Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays adjusts his gloves during his at-bat during the third inning of game two of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. | Photo by Sarah Stier/ Two birds, one stone Whether through an inferiority complex or a simple pigheaded devotion to how the game used to be played, an awful lot of people in and around Major League Baseball are quick to point out the game’s faults. Never mind that other professional leagues are content to celebrate themselves and their...

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Rays Trade Target: RHP Luke Weaver

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports or, “What can Luke Weaver learn from Michael Wacha?” Earlier this week in part one of this three part series, we identified a group of pitchers with similar pitch shape to the Rays new starter Michael Wacha. That group is Brandon Bielak, Max Scherzer, Griffin Canning, Luke Weaver, Tony Gonsolin, Zach Plesac, and Lance Lynn. In part two, we dug into the characteristics of this group, in particular their unusual rates of reverse splits, in search of processes Wacha might try out to improve his performance against same-handed...

Hochman: Cardinals' Mikolas 'feels good' — and that's good, because club needs him to eat innings

Pitcher didn’t play in 2020 as he recovered from surgery on the flexor tendon in his right arm.

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Former Phillies reliever David Robertson gearing for return

Among the several reasons why the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen has struggled in recent seasons is them allocating $23 million to David Robertson, only to get 6 2/3 innings in return. The long-time New York Yankees veteran — who was on the 2009 World Series championship team opposite the Phillies — battled through an elbow injury throughout […] Former Phillies reliever David Robertson gearing for return - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What are the Rays waiting for?

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via The Rays failed to land RHP Corey Kluber or RHP Joe Musgrove... What’s next? The Rays are in the hunt for at least one more top flight arm to add into the rotation now that Charlie Morton was granted free agency and Blake Snell was traded to the Padres. We have profiled some of the best options along the way, and over the weekend two have moved on. The first was two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who (as we put on the site) seemed destined to sign with the Yankees — and he did. Per reports the Rays were serious suitors...

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Astros operating like Rays as key players continually leave

The Houston Astros are operating like a poorly-run version of the Rays. The inevitable has finally come to pass, as Houston Astros fan favorite George Springer has left for greener pastures, taking a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, and Michael Brantley may be joining him. We all knew Springer was gone, but there was still hope that […] Astros operating like Rays as key players continually leave - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: No. 24

Using this photo because I’d not seen this angle before and wanted an excuse. | Photo by Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Newly signed SS Carlos Colmenarez joins the top-20 after a special election. Previous winner, via Special Election... SS Carlos Colmenarez (L/R, 5’10 175, 17 in 2021) Signed in 2021 The Rays have bolstered efforts to strengthen their pipeline through the international market in recent years, and Colmenarez is another big investment as one of the top players in the class. He has above-average tools across the board, and his performance in...

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Milwaukee Brewers need more contact to improve the offense in 2021

Omar Narvaez was a strikeout machine in his first year with the Brewers | Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports Too many Brewers with high strikeouts rates sabotaged the offense in 2020 The 2020 Milwaukee Brewers owned the highest strikeout percentage (K%) offensively in the NL, punching out in 26.6% of their plate appearances. That lack of contact was a major reason Milwaukee ranked 27th in runs scored in all of baseball at 4.12 runs per game. While a high offensive K% doesn’t ensure a poor season (the AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays had a higher K% than the Brewers), it often...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Albert Almora

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The former Cub is a defense-first outfielder who’s been defensively inconsistent. The hot stove finally started cooking last weekend, as the Yankees signed both DJ LeMahieu and Corey Kluber on Friday. Despite these two major additions, however, the team still has some holes to fill on the roster. With Aaron Hicks’ injury history and Mike Tauchman’s lackluster 2020, the backup center field job may just be one of those that Brian Cashman will be looking to fill. The sixth overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, Albert...

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: