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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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Padres roster review: Chris Paddack

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2021 season: Chris Paddack rose rapidly after his 2016 Tommy John surgery but his stuff took a step back in 2020

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Could this be the time to sell high on Willy Adames?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The future is coming, whether we like it or not The Rays have moved on from several faces of the franchise this offseason, despite winning the American League in 2020, but that should come to us as no surprise at this point, right? Charlie Morton was allowed to test free agency and signed with the Braves, Blake Snell was shipped out to the Padres. The previous season it was top hitter Tommy Pham and closer Emilio Pagan. The Rays sell high, and mostly when there’s a plan for another piece to step in to fill the void. That filling in may be...

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Brewers: Why the Diamondbacks Are a Good Trade Partner

Some teams- like the Rays, Cubs, and Reds- seem to be making salary-cutting moves in order to offset pandemic-related financial losses. On the other hand, teams such as the Padres, White Sox, and Mets are loading up on free agents and trade acquisitions, seemingly going all-in. But what about the Brewers? To this point the […] Brewers: Why the Diamondbacks Are a Good Trade Partner - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 12, 2021

Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Dayton Moore is a Missouri Sports Hall of Famer. Royals Rumblings - News for January 12, 2021 Zachary Rhymer at Bleacher Report lists one breakout star for each team. But since we’ve already sung his praises elsewhere, we’ll take this chance to go back to the Franchy Cordero hype well. Cordero put himself on the periphery of stardom when he debuted for the San Diego Padres in 2017. He’s never been able to achieve it, however, because he’s simply been unable to stay healthy. So it went in 2020, wherein a wrist injury limited...

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The Twins haven’t done anything yet this winter, and that’s okay

Photo by Harrison Barden/MLB Photos via The headline is a little deceiving. The Twins signed a reclamation project for the bullpen and a quadruple-A utilityman. That’s not nothing. But its close enough for government work. Still, its totally okay for the Twins to have been quiet this offseason—twenty-four other teams have as well, while two teams have gotten markedly better (Padres, Mets) and two have gotten markedly worse (Cleveland, Cubs.) I’d include the Rays in that latter category, but I’m convinced they’re crazy like a fox, and this Snell trade will...

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Padres roster review: Emilio Pagán

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2021 season: Emilio Pagán rebounded from a biceps injury to finish strong in his Padres debut

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Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Send in your questions for a chance to be featured in our mailbag. The offseason is finally moving, though we haven’t seen the Yankees get involved personally yet. Teams like the Padres are buying, while others like the Mets claim to be despite not making any signings themselves yet. Meanwhile, teams like the Cubs and Rays have made moves clearly indicating that they are rebuilding or retooling, respectively. We’ve debated to no end what the Yankees’ plans seem to be, and yet we’re no closer to seeing them put in action yet. Is this stalemate going to run until spring...

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Tampa Bay Rays: A fresh start for Francisco Mejia may be the ticket

Francisco Mejia finds himself with an opportunity to succeed with the Tampa Bay Rays. The San Diego Padres sent waves through the baseball world this week after adding 2019 Cy Young winner Blake Snell and 2020 Cy Young runner-up Yu Darvish to their starting rotation, leaving many pundits and fans questioning exactly what the Tampa […] Tampa Bay Rays: A fresh start for Francisco Mejia may be the ticket - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tampa Bay Rays: How good is Luis Patino?

Highly rated pitching prospect Luis Patino is headed from the San Diego Padres to the Tampa Bay Rays in the blockbuster Blake Snell deal. Today we look to see just how good Patino can be. Right handed pitching prospect Luis Patino was rated as the number 3 prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system […] Tampa Bay Rays: How good is Luis Patino? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The Best of Bump Day: Blake Snell’s top performances

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Blake Snell is officially a member of the San Diego Padres. As Rays fans, all we have left are the memories. Part of the ‘historic’ 2011 draft for the Rays, Snell was the only player from the Rays first 100 picks that brought any value to Tampa Bay. He rose through the prospect rankings during an incredible 49 inning scoreless streak in 2015, propelling him to the top of many baseball prospect rankings. He made his big league debut in 2016, but struggled to find his footing. His reign as a top major league starter began after that demotion....

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Yankees Potential Trade Target: Javier Báez

Photo by Quinn Harris/ The fielding wizard’s status both as a Cub and as a productive hitter is shrouded in mystery. The Padres shocked the baseball world earlier this week when they traded for Rays ace Blake Snell. But they weren’t finished there, and in perhaps an even more improbable move they dished for Cubs ace Yu Darvish. This final piece of business sent two messages resounding through the league: The first is that the Padres are ready to win now. The second is that the supposed Cubs dynasty could be initiating its rebuild. When the Cubs broke their 108 year...

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Don't trade with the Rays? Don't tell that to Padres' Preller

Padres GM has made five trades with Rays, bringing in several important roster pieces

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View from the Catwalks: No more Bumpdays in St. Pete

Photo by Rob Carr/ Rays trade away Snell and Alvarado in separate deals Not gonna lie, it’s been a rough couple days to be a Rays fan. Local stingray is not happy! On Monday, the Rays reached an agreement to trade Blake Snell to the Padres for right-handers Luis Patiño, catcher Francisco Mejía, minor leaguer righty Cole Wilcox, and minor league catcher Blake Hunt. Then to make room on the 40-man, the Rays dealt talented but enigmatic lefty Jose Alvarado to the Phillies in a three-team deal. The Rays received back minor league first baseman Dillon Paulson. Let’s...

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MLB Roundup 12/30: Rays trade José Alvarado to the Phillies

Photo by Harry How/ Another day, another Rays trade. Rays trade José Alvarado to the Phillies Just a few days after sending Blake Snell out west to the Padres in a blockbuster deal, the Rays have dealt another player off their major-league roster. This one is not quite as egregious, though, as they are sending left-handed reliever José Alvarado the Phillies as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Dodgers. Philadelphia gets Alvarado, Tampa Bay gets Dodgers minor-league first baseman Dillon Paulson as well as a player to be named later or cash, and the...

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The Padres are showing the Yanks how to go all-in on 2021

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Both teams are prime championship contenders. Only one is acting to improve their odds. They say banners fly forever, but do you know what doesn’t last forever? Prime championship windows. The Yankees and Padres possess young, talented cores, but both also had gaps that needed to be filled. While the Yankees idly sit by, waiting for players to seemingly fall into their lap, the Padres just orchestrated the wildest 24 hours of the offseason. It began late Sunday night, when Jeff Passan announced that the Rays were trading Blake Snell to the...

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Could the Diamondbacks’ 2021 be over before it started?

Photo By H. Armstrong Roberts/Classicstock/ The NL West looks to be a two-horse race once again. Should Arizona even bother to try? Over the past few days, the San Diego Padres have made a series of moves which have significantly boosted their hopes for next year. Firstly, they swung a deal with the Rays for starting pitcher Ian Snell, in exchange for four prospects, including one of their top pitchers, Luis Patino. Then they signed Korean shortstop Ha-seong Kim, who batted .306 with 30 home runs and 23 stolen bases this season. And finally, they dealt for Yu Darvish...

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NYY news: Winning?

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Yankees are temporary offseason winners after Snell deal; examining Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame case; looking back at arms traded shortly after winning Cy Young; Doc Gooden speaks. New York Post | Dan Martin: There’s plenty that could change and the Yankees have their own work to do this winter, but at least for now, they’re in a better position. The Rays’ trade that sent Blake Snell to the Padres has put a dent in the Tampa Bay team that the Yankees fell short of in both the AL East race and the ALDS. However, what ends up happening with...

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Chaim Bloom Indicates Red Sox Were Involved In Blake Snell Trade Talks

At the end of the day, the price for Blake Snell simply was too high for the Boston Red Sox to pay. The Tampa Bay Rays, Chaim Bloom’s former employer, wound up sending the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner to the San Diego Padres for a bevy of prospects. And, during an appearance […] The post Chaim Bloom Indicates Red Sox Were Involved In Blake Snell Trade Talks appeared first on NESN.com.

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Tommy Pham made push to get San Diego Padres to trade for Blake Snell

Tommy Pham knows Blake Snell well from their time together with the Tampa Bay Rays. And he made sure the San Diego Padres pursued a trade for him. According to Dennis Lin and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic, San Diego Padres outfielder made a strong push to reunite with his former Tampa Bay Rays teammate […] Tommy Pham made push to get San Diego Padres to trade for Blake Snell - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Steve Cohen shares Mets ‘news flash’ after Padres’ splashy trades

Not every team is waiting for the holidays to end to get aggressive. New Mets owner Steve Cohen continued to share his Twitter commentary on the MLB offseason Monday night after the Padres acquired Blake Snell from the Rays. “Hey , Give the Padres credit,” Cohen wrote to his 130,000 followers. “They had a top...

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Padres roster review: Austin Adams

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2021 season: Included in the Austin Nola trade, Austin Adams pitched in three regular season games after returning from knee surgery and then pitched during the Padres' playoff run

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The Padres just bought two aces, could the Twins have done similar?

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/MLB Photos via Would you have done the deal The hot stove is finally, well, lukewarm, thanks entirely to AJ Preller and the San Diego Padres, who traded for two ace pitchers and signed Korean infielder Ha-seong Kim within 24 whirlwind hours. Blake Snell will be moving from the Rays to SoCal, and Yu Darvish will be leaving Chicago for the west coast as well. Could the Twins have potentially topped either of these deals? Obviously they chose not to, but lets look at the pieces that left San Diego, and the most comparable bits of the Twins...

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Phillies trade for relief help

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Let’s it started Whoa, hey now, the Phillies aren’t about to let the Padres steal their thunder. Three-way trade with the Dodgers, Phillies and Rays.Phillies get hard-throwing lefty reliever Jose Alvarado from TB.Dodgers get lefty Garrett Cleavinger from Phillies.Rays get infielder Dillon Paulson and a PTBNL from Dodgers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 29, 2020 In an acute need for relief pitching help, the Phillies turn their eyes toward a team that knows how to develop it, getting the hard throwing Jose Alvarado from the Tampa...

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See Yu later: Yu Darvish has been traded to the Padres

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ We hardly knew Yu, and a bunch of young players are coming back. Well, that escalated quickly. When the Cubs signed Yu Darvish in February 2018, it was seen as a final piece of the puzzle that would bring the Cubs back to the World Series. The rumors and signing led to an entire series on this site that I dubbed “The Daily Darvish.” The World Series didn’t happen, unfortunately. In fact, Darvish made eight mostly mediocre starts for the Cubs in 2018 before missing the rest of that year with an injury. Returning in 2019, he had a rough...

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What Blake Snell Trade Means For Rays, Red Sox And Future Of AL East

Allow us to shoehorn the Boston Red Sox into a blockbuster trade between the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays and Padres continue to be fascinating trade partners, reportedly striking a late-night deal Sunday when Tampa Bay agreed to send former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell to San Diego. In return, […] The post What Blake Snell Trade Means For Rays, Red Sox And Future Of AL East appeared first on NESN.com.

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Tampa Bay Rays: Three Questions Following the Blake Snell Trade

  The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to send 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell to the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHPs Luis Patino and Cole Wilcox, and catchers Francisco Mejia and Blake Hunt. What’s next for the reigning AL Champs after trading away their ace? It’s rare to see a team […] Tampa Bay Rays: Three Questions Following the Blake Snell Trade - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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How do the Snell and Céspedes deals affect the White Sox?

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays beats Leury García of the Chicago White Sox to home plate on an attempted steal during the first inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on July 21, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Fla. | Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Trevor Bauer loses a suitor; Oscar Colás may wait a year for the South Siders The offseason is an ideal time for shoot-the-shit posts, and here’s one that makes the cut before the end of the year. By now, you have probably heard that Blake Snell is leaving the American League, dealt for three tasty Padres prospects — Luis...

Urias, Hosmer power Padres past Rays, 7-2 | Rays-Padres Game Highlights 8/14/19

Condensed Game: Luis Urias brought across three runs and Eric Hosmer crushed a home run, while Cal Quantrill tossed 5 1/3 frames in the win Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB

Choi, Meadows homer in win | Rays-Padres Game Highlights 8/13/19

Condensed Game: Ji-Man Choi and Austin Meadows both homered to lead the Rays' offense in the 7-5 win over the Padres Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www.

Duffy, Garcia lead Rays to 10-4 win | Rays-Padres Game Highlights 8/12/19

Condensed Game: Matt Duffy collected four hits and drove in three and Avisail Garcia drove a two-run home run to lead the Rays' offense Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Inst