9:00 AM EST, Wed November 21, 2018

Why the Rays designated C.J. Cron for assignment

The Tampa Bay Rays, facing a 40-man roster crunch, have elected to designate first baseman C.J. Cron for assignment, likely ending his Rays career after one year. Chaim Bloom said the #Rays won't close the possibility of Cron returning, but it's likely that he'll end up as a free agent as opposed to being traded— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 21, 2018 In his first season of what was essentially full-time work, Cron posted a career best .347 wOBA over 140 games for the Rays, primarily as a designated hitter. Cron’s glove is handcuffed to first base defensively, where he is...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays DFA C.J. Cron in adding 5 prospects to roster

The Rays designated for assignment leading home run hitter C.J. Cron on Tuesday among their moves to open space on the 40-man roster to add five prospects.Cron, 28, has seemed to be on the way out despite hitting 30 homers while posting a .253 average and 74 RBIs as the Rays have

Tampa Bay Times

Who are the guys Rays added to their roster?

Before the Rays' decision to DFA 1B/DH C.J. Cron stole the headlines, we planned to write more about the five prospects added to their 40-man roster by Tuesday's deadline to


Rays add five prospects to 40-man roster, including Jesus Sanchez and Joe McCarthy

Pitchers Gibaut, Burke, and Bird were also protected. In advance of tonight’s reserve list deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays have selected five players to their 40-man roster: left-handed pitcher Kyle Bird, left-handed pitcher Brock Burke, right-handed pitcher Ian Gibaut, outfielder Joe McCarthy and outfielder Jesús Sánchez. In addition, the Rays designated first baseman C.J. Cron, right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake and left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner for assignment. Right-handed pitcher José Mujica has been outrighted to the minor leagues and is no longer on the 40-man roster. Tonight’s...

Fish Stripes

Top highlights from Derek Dietrich’s final Marlins season

Dietrich had the opportunity to start on a consistent basis in 2018. He responded with personal bests in most offensive categories. Good luck with your new team, Dietz! Six years after quietly acquiring Derek Dietrich from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Marlins designated him for assignment on Tuesday night. He leaves behind a legacy of giving maximum effort...and taking a lot of hit by pitches. According to a source familiar with the situation, Dietrich had been told earlier this offseason that the Marlins would not tender him a contract for 2019. On Tuesday night, the club made that decision...

AZ Snake Pit

2018 Arizona Diamondbacks Player Reviews: #27, Brad Boxberger

We’ll always have the great emoji jersey because of him. 2018 rating: 4.20 2017 rating: N/A 2018 salary: $1,850,000 2018 performance: 60 G, 53.1 IP, 4.39 ERA, 44 H, 30 R, 26 ER, 9 HR, 32 BB, 71 SO 2019 status: Arbitration-3 eligible (estimated $4,900,000) On November 30th of 2017, the Diamondbacks sent relief pitching non-prospect, Curtis Taylor, to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-hander Brad Boxberger. The move represented a cost-saving measure for Tampa Bay. For Arizona, it brought in a solid reliever with both closing and setup man experience at a reasonable price. In...

David Price captures 2018 A.L. Comeback Player of the Year honors

Boston Red Sox ace bounced back after an injury-riddled campaign in 2017 and won the 2018 A.L. Comeback Player of the Year award. For more: http://www.nesn.com/redsox/

Tampa Bay Times

A look at Rays 40-man roster with deadline approaching

With the Rays and all other teams working toward the 8 p.m. deadline to add prospects and set their rosters in advance of the Dec. 13 Rule 5 draft, here is a look at their current 39 players.The Rays are expected to trade or drop at least three more players to make room for


View from the Catwalk: Rays assigned 35th overall draft pick in competitive balance lottery

The Rays will have four of the top 100 selections The competitive balance draft lottery has been completed and the Rays have received the 35th selection in the 2019 draft. Along with that pick, the Rays also draft 22nd, 61st, and 99th, giving them four total selections among the first 100 picks. Rays News The National Hall of Fame sent out the ballots for the potential class of 2019. Fred McGriff is on the ballot for the 10th time, giving him one last shot to be voted in by the BBWAA MLB.com looked at the top players each team may lose to free agency next offseason. As of right now, the...

Call to the Pen

Cleveland Indians finally acquire Chih-Wei Hu from Tampa Bay Rays

After speculation of such a trade was shot down, the Cleveland Indians have acquired Chih-Wei Hu from the Tampa Bay Rays for infielder Gionti Turner. Over the weekend, there were reports that the Tampa Bay Rays had traded pitcher Chih-Wei Hu to the Cleveland Indians. Hu’s agent had tweeted out the trade, which was quickly […] Cleveland Indians finally acquire Chih-Wei Hu from Tampa Bay Rays - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tampa Bay Times

Former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey leaves Cubs for "personal reasons"

Former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey has left the Cubs after one season for what the team said were "personal reasons."The Cubs made the announcement Tuesday afternoon with a statement from baseball operations chief Theo Epstein:"Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his

The Republican

Jason Groome, Boston Red Sox top pitching prospect, throwing six months after Tommy John surgery

Red Sox top pitching prospect Jason Groome threw Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery May 15. Boston drafted him 12th overall in 2016.

Federal Baseball

The Nats should target Patrick Corbin over Dallas Keuchel

Despite both pitchers’ injury histories, Patrick Corbin is the safer bet to perform over the course of a long-term deal. The Washington Nationals entered the 2018-19 offseason with clear holes to fill in their rotation. Gio Gonzalez hit free agency after being traded by the Nats in August and Jeremy Hellickson’s one-year deal expired at the conclusion of the regular season. With young arms Erick Fedde and Jefry Rodriguez offering little assurance of any long-term stability and Joe Ross likely sitting on an innings limit as he works back from Tommy John surgery, Washington is forced to...


Recently acquired Rays reliever Oliver Drake could be a gem

Or he could be DFA’d in the roster crunch. Oliver Drake made major league history in 2018, by pitching for five teams over the course of the season. Five teams who gave him a shot to prove himself on the mound, only to quickly move on before giving him a prolonged shot. Total Batters Faced by Team: 58 - Brewers 22 - Indians 40 - Angels 9 - Blue Jays 80 - Twins Drake’s most productive and longest stretch came with the Twins over the latter part of the year, as he was tremendous over those 20 innings pitched. Despite his late season performance, the Twins felt comfortable exposing...

Rox Pile

Two Colorado Rockies prospects broke out in the Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League’s six week season just concluded this past weekend as the Peoria Javelinas (which featured members of the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations) defeated the Salt River Rafters (which featured members of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, and Washington […] Two Colorado Rockies prospects broke out in the Arizona Fall League - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Red Sox in solid position for next season

Barring the unforeseen, like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper each accepting a team-friendly deal, the Red Sox pretty much are all set on the position player front for next season.Not only is Steve Pearce back in the fold, but the team expects second baseman Dustin Pedroia to be back on the field as well.“(Pedroia) is not going to have surgery,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday about Pedroia. “We’re hopeful he’ll be ready for the season.”Pedroia is 35 years old and is signed for three more years, and a year ago the club was also hopeful that he...


Giants lose hard-throwing relief prospect to Marlins on waiver claim

The Giants thought they secured a much-needed power arm for practically nothing last December. Then he had Tommy John surgery in March. Now he is a Miami Marlin, having thrown not a single pitch for the Giants. Miami on Tuesday claimed right-hander Julian Fernandez on waivers, which in a way helps the Giants by giving them an extra spot on their 40-man roster. That will allow them to protect one more prospect from next month’s Rule 5 draft. The roster stands at 34. The Giants selected Fernandez from the Rockies in last year’s Rule 5 draft. He had just turned 22, and the Giants hoped he...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Cubs claim LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from White Sox

The Cubs have added a left-handed reliever off of the waiver wire. The moves continue ahead of the Rule 5 draft deadline later today and the Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin off of waivers from the White Sox. Clarkin was a first-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2013, who took him with the 33rd pick of the draft. He spent 4 1⁄2 years in the Yankees organization, where his progress was hindered by him missing the entire 2015 season with elbow inflammation that did not require surgery. He returned after rest and rehabilitation and pitched in the Arizona Fall League after...

Tampa Bay Times

Early ESPN schedule gives Rays a wave of the hand

A bit early, ESPN today released its coverage plans for the first couple weeks of the 2019 season.And of those 14 games slated for national broadcasts, guess how many include the Tampa Bay Rays, who are coming off a 90-win season that proved them to be one of the most interesting

Tampa Bay Times

Rays weekend transactions: A Faria wedding, a Schultz baby

Some Rays were busy off the field in the last week, with RHP Jake Faria getting married and RHP Jaime Schultz becoming a dad.Faria and longtime girlfriend Jessica Soto got married over the weekend in California.Mr. and

FOX Sports

Bulls' Valentine to have ankle surgery, likely miss season

Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine needs reconstructive surgery on his left ankle and will likely miss the entire season

Royals Review

The Royals have some 40-man roster decisions to make

Is this the end of the line for Bubba on the 40-man roster? Note: This is an update from an August article on the 40-man roster. You will notice teams shuffling around players in minor trades in an attempt to get their 40-man rosters in order this week. To be protected from the Rule 5 draft in December, eligible players must be added to the 40-man roster by this Tuesday. Eligible players include college players drafted in 2015 or earlier and high school and international players signed in 2014 or earlier (although there are some clever loopholes that the Rays discovered). The Royals...

FOX Sports

'Obviously, I'm very blessed': Nets' LeVert discusses injury

'Obviously, I'm very blessed': Nets' Caris LeVert discusses his scary injury, and plans going forward

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Jesse Chavez exceeded all expectations out of the bullpen

At the trade deadline the Chicago Cubs bullpen was being used at an enormously high clip while also dealing with injuries. The team went out and got some help when they acquired reliever Jesse Chavez, who immediately made a huge impact out of the bullpen. The Chicago Cubs acquisition of Jesse Chavez from the Texas […] Chicago Cubs: Jesse Chavez exceeded all expectations out of the bullpen - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Jay Groome Injury: Red Sox Top Prospect Announces Return, Shares Video Update

Jay Groome is on the comeback trail. Groome, the Boston Red Sox’s top pitching prospect, is working his way back... Read More »


Dustin Pedroia Injury: Dave Dombrowski Shares Offseason Plan For Red Sox 2B

Dustin Pedroia was a limited on-field participant in 2018, but both he and the Boston Red Sox are hoping that... Read More »

The Republican

Dustin Pedroia injury update: Boston Red Sox 'hopeful' second baseman will be ready for 2019 season

Dustin Pedroia will continue to rehab his left knee and take part in physical therapy through mid-December. He then will start "more physical activities." He'll begin running in January.

FOX Sports

Erik Spoelstra on Dragic, James Johnson, team's defense

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra addressed several topics after Monday's practice: Goran Dragic's injury, James Johnson's workload, the need for more consistent defense, the plan for Dwyane Wade's return, and more.

Rays ace Blake Snell wins the 2018 AL Cy Young Award

Rays lefty Blake Snell wins the 2018 AL Cy Young Award after recording 21 wins and a 1.89 ERA About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in

Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell named 2018 Cy Young Award winners

Mets ace Jacob deGrom & Rays lefty Blake Snell have been named MLB's 2018 Cy Young Award winners. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: yesnet.me/YESyoutube Facebook: yesnet.me/YESfacebook Twitter: yesnet.me/YEStwitter Inst