11:13 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2019

Evan Grant: Fault me if you want, but this is why I voted for Rangers great Michael Young on my Hall of Fame ballot

I've been here before.I voted for Michael Young. And the vote was roundly ridiculed nationally.That was a little more than seven years ago. Young, after being moved off a position for the second time in three years and nearly traded, to boot, hit .338, drove in 106 runs, posted a .854 OPS and was the most consistent hitter in the best lineup in the league. There were talented players in the lineup - Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton come to mind - but each missed at least six weeks of the season with an injury while Young kept legging out hits and pushing the Rangers to the playoffs.Justin...


View from the Catwalks: Evan Longoria vs Analytics

Also: are the Rays really “in” on another utility infielder?! Rays News The Rays are apparently one of the teams “in” on Josh Harrison. The Rays continue to be “in” on every 2B in the game. Rays Tales: Why this roster may be set up just right - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Topkin takes a look at how the Rays roster as currently set up could be how it could look on Opening Day, and what last minute changes they could still do. Rays fill out Minor League coaching staff for ‘19 - Juan Toribio, MLB.com Quinton McCracken rejoins Rays as Triple-A coach - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay...


Brandon Lowe and Vidal Brujan among top 2B prospects

MLB Pipeline places both in top ten MLB Pipeline continues to post rankings by position and Rays prospects continue to earn accolades. The stacked Rays farm system now includes two of the top second base prospects in baseball. Vidal Brujan was named the 4th best second base prospect, and Brandon Lowe came in 7th on MLB Pipeline’s top ten second base prospects in baseball. MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 2B Prospects Keston Hiura, Brewers Luis Urias, Padres Nick Madrigal, White Sox Vidal Brujan, Rays Garrett Hampson, Rockies Jeter Downs, Dodgers Brandon Lowe, Rays Cavan Biggio, Blue...


Tampa Bay Rays interested in INF Josh Harrison

There seem to be a few clubs keen on the versatile infielder. According to Jon Heyman, the Tampa Bay Rays are one of several teams that has expressed interest in free agent infielder, Josh Harrison. Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Phillies and Rays are among teams in on Josh Harrison, a great and versatile defender— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 20, 2019 Harrison, 31, has spent all of his eight seasons in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs, and then was sent to Pittsburgh at the 2009 trade deadline in a five player deal, eventually...


Rays prospects and winter leagues: Gray extends hitting streak

Pitchers haven’t been able to figure out how to keep Tristan Gray off the bases this offseason. In Australia, Tristan Gray ranks 12th in average, ninth, in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging percentage, and sixth in OPS. His 10 home runs are tied for third. Outside of Australia, hardly anything related to the Rays took place. Hitters 2B Jonathan Aranda, Liga Mexicana del Pacífico Regular season: 2 AB, .000 BA/.000 OBP/.000 SLGPlayoffs: 0 AB C Anthony Bemboom, Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana Regular season: 8 AB, .000 BA/.000 OBP/.000 SLGPlayoffs: 6 AB, .167...

Molina might play after this contract is done _ but only with Cardinals

All-Star catcher, recovering from knee surgery, is signed through 2020.

Florida Marlins Blog | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Marlins prospects, roommates Garrett, Holloway bond through recovery from Tommy John surgery

Jordan Holloway was sitting in Charlotte-Douglas International Airport when he pulled out his phone and texted Braxton Garrett. “Do you need a roommate?” The Miami Marlins pitching prospect just learned he would be sidelined for over a year after injuring his throwing elbow in Low-A Greensboro,...


Mike Zunino is good

Coming off a down year, Zunino is still among the game’s best behind the plate As we work our way toward the start of spring training, MLB Network has been ranking the top ten players at each position. Top 10 Catchers Right Now! 1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 2. J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins 3. Yasmani Grandal, Milwaukee Brewers 4. Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees 5. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs 6. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 7. Kurt Suzuki, Washington Nationals 8. Wilson Ramos, New York Mets 9. Mike Zunino, Tampa Bay Rays 10. Salvador Pérez, Kansas City Royals The...


Rays 2019: Blake Snell should continue to be good AND lucky

If “luck” is a top defense behind you, Snell need not regress in 2019. But about those walks.... Remember when Blake Snell won the 2018 Cy Young Award? The way this offseason has dragged, it does seem like ages ago. But as much as we all enjoyed watching and documenting his historic season, it wasn’t without just a touch of luck, and his winning the award for the best pitcher in the American League certainly wasn’t without controversy: AL Cy Young Award voting:Blake Snell: 169 Votes - 17 1st place votesJustin Verlander: 154 Votes - 13 1st place votesCorey Kluber: 71 Votes - 0...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

More than 100 firefighters battle Queens blaze; one injury

More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze in near sub-zero temperatures in a commercial building in Queens Monday. The blaze on 14th Ave. near 128th St. in College Point broke out at about 7:40 a.m., the FDNY said. One person was injured but their condition was not immediately known. In all 138...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Manny Pacquiao suffered eye injury his camp fears could be a potentially devastating detached retina: source

Manny Pacquiao had a big night on Saturday, easily defeating Adrien Broner in a 12-round decision at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas that he hoped would lead him to a rematch with Floyd Mayweather. But Sunday morning, Pacquiao was hit by a potentially-devastating 1-2 punch. He discovered he had...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Q&A: Braves’ Dansby Swanson discusses surgery, rehab

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson met with the media at Chop Fest on Saturday at SunTrust Park. In the interview, he discussed his return from the torn ligament in his left hand that was revealed in September and how he has used the offseason to recover from the surgery to repair the ligament. The interview was edited for brevity.

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: LeMahieu, Dodgers, Bridich, Bullpen, Hall of Fame

This weekend, there have been a few things regarding the Colorado Rockies and their division rivals in the news. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, one of the teams that was in on Rockies free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu was the Tampa Bay Rays. LeMahieu ended up signing with the Rays […] Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: LeMahieu, Dodgers, Bridich, Bullpen, Hall of Fame - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

River Ave. Blues

Thoughts on a Rainy Sunday

Good Sunday morning, readers. If you’re in the tri-state area, I hope you’re staying dry today and warm tomorrow. Today, I’ll offer a few random thoughts on the Yankees as we sit a little less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting. Clint’s Comeback after a longggggggg battle with the concussion like symptoms […] The post Thoughts on a Rainy Sunday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Ozuna promises Cardinals he'll 'be ready' for spring training after shoulder surgery

As part of a planned visit to the Dominican Republic to mark a milestone for the organization’s future, Cardinals executive John Mozeliak intends to make a side trip next week to check in on an essential part of the team’s…

Twinkie Town

Twins sign Jevin Kepsen

Hope you are sitting down for this one. In an interesting turn of events, the Minnesota Twins signed reliever Jevin Kepsen to a 1-year, $1 million deal to bring some needed help to the bullpen. The interesting part of this signing is that Kepsen is supposedly a distant cousin of big-league reliever Kevin Jepsen, who pitched for multiple clubs, including the Angels, Rays, Twins, and (most recently) the Rangers. What makes this signing even more odd is that there are no records of Kepsen pitching in the big leagues, farm system, or in any league ever. “We checked up on Kepsen and found...

Purple Row

PuRP No. 18, Reid Humphreys

Humphreys has claimed a spot as a legitimate relief prospect 18. Reid Humphreys (329 points, 26 ballots) When the Rockies drafted Reid Humphreys out of Mississippi State in the 7th round of the 2016 draft, he had thrown just 22 2⁄3 innings for the school. Instead, Humphreys had been a power-hitting position player for the Bulldogs after undergoing Tommy John surgery in high school. The Rockies believed in Humphreys as a pitcher though, and, after an adjustment period as he got used to being back on the mound, the righty reliever has proved this to be a wise investment by Colorado. After...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez may start on the wrong foot again

While he’s apparently recovering nicely from a September surgery on his finger, it’s possible that Aaron Sanchez may be slightly delayed to start Spring Training. The Blue Jays are going to enter the 2019 season with a lot of questions about their starting rotation, especially after the departures of J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada. One […] Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez may start on the wrong foot again - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

2019 BYB Tigers Prospect #21: RHP Logan Shore

Shore is an accomplished college pitcher whose quick rise to the majors was delayed by injury. Logan Shore is the newest prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system — literally. The Tigers acquired Shore as the player to be named later in their midseason trade with the Oakland Athletics, finalizing the deal on September 19. Because of this, Shore did not appear in any games with a Tigers affiliate in 2018, instead ending his season after a somewhat disappointing run with the Midland RockHounds, Oakland’s Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. While Shore looks the part of a typical...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays Tales: Why this roster may be set up just right

ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays are never truly "done."Team officials, from the numbers-crunching analysts all the way up to principal owner Stuart Sternberg, are constantly exploring ways to improve their team, considering further additions, pondering trades, seeking some

FOX Sports

Pistons' Drummond out versus Kings, in concussion protocol

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is in concussion protocol a day after taking a shot on his nose

Bears Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

Avisail Garcia gets 1-year deal from Rays for as much as $6 million

Avisail Garcia can earn up to $6 million as part of his one-year contract with the Rays. The team announced the deal Friday, an agreement that guarantees $3.5 million this season. He can earn $250,000 each for reaching 350, 400, 450, 500, 550 and 600 plate appearances, and $1 million for 650. Garcia,...

MLB.com FastCast: Angels sign closer Allen - 1/18/19

The Angels add free-agent closer Cody Allen, Avisail Garcia officially joins the Rays, plus the Manny Machado rumor mill keeps churning About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United

Lone Star Ball

Martin Perez to Minnesota Twins on one year deal

The Minnesota Twins have reportedly agreed to a one year deal with a club option with Martin Perez The Minnesota Twins and Martin Perez have reportedly agreed on a one year deal with a club option, per Ken Rosenthal. The Twins’ second-in-command is Thad Levine, who was the longtime assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers, where Perez has spent his career up until now. Perez has not been the same since his 2014 Tommy John surgery, and after a couple of serviceable if unspectacular seasons in 2016-17, he had a disastrous 2018, starting the season on the disabled list after...

FOX Sports

Pistons' Drummond leaves vs. Heat after being hit in face

Andre Drummond left Detroit's game against Miami with a nasal injury after he was hit in the face by an opponent's arm

Tampa Bay Times

Rays finalize signing of Avisail Garcia

ST. PETERSBURG : The Rays have made official their signing of free agent outfielder Avisail Garcia to a one-year deal for $3.5 million plus up to $2.5 million in incentives.Garcia, 27, was non-tendered by the White Sox after an inconsistent and injury-shortened 2018 season in


Rays finalize singing of Avisail Garcia; DFA Oliver Drake (again)

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Avisaíl García. He has a chance to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. Garcia is expected to provide most of his value on the short side of a platoon, either at Designated Hitter or in the outfield, but will have the opportunity to fight for at-bats against right handed pitching along the way. The former White Sox outfielder was due for a big pay raise in 2019, mostly driven by his four-win season in 2017 that was not repeated, large in part due to a knee injury that plagued his...

FOX Sports

Bulls expect Carter to miss 8-12 weeks with thumb injury

The Chicago Bulls expect prized rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a left thumb injury

CWS@TB: Matsui homers in first game with Rays

5/29/12: In just his second at-bat with the Tampa Bay Rays, Hideki Matsui skies a two-run homer to right to break a scoreless tie About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United State

MLB.com FastCast: Machado's market cools down - 1/16/19

The market for Manny Machado gets more interesting, the Rays close in on a deal with Avisail Garcia, plus the Mets introduce Jed Lowrie in Queens About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in