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Previewing the Rays forty-man roster: pitchers

Starters, openers, closers, bulk guys. Who fits into the Rays plans for 2019? The Tampa Bay Rays have already made one move this winter to prepare their roster for the upcoming season. They’ve already made a first round of cuts to open up space for players returning from the 60 day disabled list and the newly acquired Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia. The roster currently sits at 40. With a full complement of major league players and a host of major-league-ready talent in the minors, the Rays have many decisions to make as they set a 2019 roster. Of course there are likely trades and...


Previewing the Rays forty-man roster: Position Players

Mallex will be Effecting on a different coast, but the Rays will still have important decisions to make. The Rays addressed a potential outfield glut and found a catcher in an early trade, but that forty-man space will still be tight. In this second part of our look at likely roster decisions, we consider Rays position players. Depth is important on the position side, but isn’t nearly as important as the pitching side. You’ll need some flexible players that will be able to step up in a bench role with others being pushed into a more prominent role when injuries occur. Catchers Mike...


Will Ji-Man Choi need to return to South Korea for military service?

Laying out the options for the Korean slugger. Hello! As this is my first article at DRaysBay, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Homin, and I am a Korean who has been rooting for the Rays for a long time. Korea may not be a very familiar country to Americans, but Korea has a strong relationship with MLB as it is one of the few countries that enjoys baseball a lot. As I make my debut with DRaysBay, I would like to talk about the relationship between Korea and the Rays. Specifically, many Rays fans wanted to know about Ji-Man Choi’s military service. I’m not his agent or a...

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies: Our simulated trade with the Tampa Bay Rays

The FanSided Fake Winter Meetings continue to go at a fast pace and, with Rox Pile acting as the general manager for the Colorado Rockies, we are continuing to make deals that we believe will help the Rockies return to the postseason in 2019. As a reminder, anything we discuss below about the Colorado Rockies […] Colorado Rockies: Our simulated trade with the Tampa Bay Rays - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

Tampa Bay Rays have cost effective pitching staff

The Tampa Bay Rays could be players in free agency this offseason. A large part of why involves the makeup of their pitching staff. It is well known that the Tampa Bay Rays exist in a different financial universe than most of baseball. They have very specific payroll constraints, leading to the roster being a […] Tampa Bay Rays have cost effective pitching staff - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Tampa Bay Rays reportedly sign LHP Ryan Merritt to minor league deal

With a big league invitation that has a high likelihood of coming to fruition! The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly signed left-handed pitcher, Ryan Merritt to a minor league deal. It was first reported by Gerry Fraley and later picked up by Marc Topkin. Scratch Celina LHP Ryan Merritt from the list of minor-league free agents who could fit with the Rangers. He signed today with Tampa Bay.— Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) November 14, 2018 It’s a minor-league deal with #Rays big-league camp invite for former #Indians LHP Ryan Merritt, who made memorable ‘16 ALCS start vs. #BlueJays....

Pinstripe Alley

James Paxton is a perfect target for the Yankees

Given the state of the Yankees’ roster, a player like Paxton makes perfect sense. At this point in the offseason, rumors are still simmering. The biggest signings and trades are lurking beneath the surface. While we can busy ourselves with another Rays-Mariners trade here, or an Abraham Almonte signing there, the splashiest news is still to come. The Yankees, of course, have been linked to pitching thus far. The Patrick Corbin to New York connection seems strong as ever. The Yankees reportedly touched base with Cleveland regarding their front-line starters. With the Mariners potentially...

The Seattle Times

Mariners sign right-handed reliever Ruben Alaniz to a free agent contract

Alaniz spent last season in the Rays minor league system and has never pitched at the MLB level

River Ave. Blues

Luis Severino finishes ninth in the 2018 AL Cy Young voting

Earlier tonight, MLB and the BBWAA announced Rays southpaw Blake Snell is the 2018 AL Cy Young award winner. The Yankees hit him pretty well this year. Nine runs and four homers in 13.1 innings across three starts. Justin Verlander finished a close second in the voting and trade target Corey Kluber finished third. Luis […] The post Luis Severino finishes ninth in the 2018 AL Cy Young voting appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Call to the Pen

Could the Rays actually be a player in free agency?

One of the most exciting and progressive teams in the league, the Tampa Bay Rays are entering what looks to be a pivotal offseason. The question is, will they be big spenders in free agency? The Tampa Bay Rays exist in baseball’s most complex and enigmatic climate – the American League East. At the top, […] Could the Rays actually be a player in free agency? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 11/12: James Paxton drawing interest

Some Sox rivals could get a very good pitcher added to their rotation Astros and Yankees among those showing interest in James Paxton The Mariners have quickly become the center of the early parts of the MLB offseason after their decision to rebuild (or retool or whatever you want to call it). They already traded Mike Zunino to the Rays in exchange for Mallex Smith (with other players involved going both ways in that deal), and now they could deal to another American League rival of the Red Sox. Seattle’s best realistic trade chip is James Paxton, a left-handed pitcher who has shown...

River Ave. Blues

Two Sunday Thoughts

To all our readers who’ve served, we wish you a peaceful Veteran’s Day.  To all our Californian readers, we hope you’re safe and secure.  With the exception of Jerry Dipoto doing Jerry Dipoto things by making a trade with the Rays, this part of the offseason is fairly quiet. Teams are still figuring out their […] The post Two Sunday Thoughts appeared first on River Avenue Blues.


Mike Zunino is better than you think

The new Rays catcher already is what you want him to be: Good. Now that the initial excitement of the multi-player trade between the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners has settled, it’s time to reflect a little on the newest members if the 2019 Rays lineup. With Mike Zunino included in the trade, the Rays seem to have secured their starting catcher for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. This isn’t exactly who the masses envisioned the Rays acquiring, as many had hopes the Rays would go after a free agent like J.T. Realmuto or Yasmani Grandal. But this is a very good move by the Rays and one...


Guillermo Heredia: Defensive Enigma

Is Heredia really a “top of the line defender”? When speaking to the media on the newest Rays players and the first trade of the offseason, Erik Neander called Guillermo Heredia a “top of the line defender”. Now, obviously GMs hyping the players they acquired is a time honored tradition. But this got me thinking: is Neander right? #Rays GM Erik Neander with some nice things to say about Guillermo Heredia. Called him a "wonderful human being" and a "top of the line defender."— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 8, 2018 Guillermo Heredia comes to the Rays as one of the...

The Republican

MLB GM Meetings Day 2 Notebook: Boston Red Sox wary of extensions for stars, Rays and Mariners close on Mike Zunino trade

The Red Sox made some front office changes while the Rays and Mariners swung one of the first trades of the winter.


Rays finalize trade of Mallex Smith for Mike Zunino in five-player deal

The Rays officially announced the five player swap built around Mallex Smith and Mike Zunino this morning. The full trade is as follows: Rays get: C Mike Zunino OF Guillermo Heredia LHP Michael Plassmeyer Mariners get: OF Mallex Smith OF Jake Fraley Mike Zunino is the prize of this trade for the Rays. Here is the relevant information on Zunino from the Rays press release: Over the last two seasons, [Zunino’s] 45 home runs rank fourth among major league catchers behind Salvador Pérez (54), Gary Sánchez (51) and Yasmani Grandal (46). According to FanGraphs, since the start of the...

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 11/8: The Mariners and Rays made a trade

And more awards were handed out. Rays trade for Mike Zunino A division rival has made a trade, and it almost certainly made them better. The Rays have the tough luck of playing in the same division as the Red Sox and Yankees, which is how you win 90 games like Tampa Bay did this past year and still finish 18 games out of first place, and ten games out of second place. They needed reinforcements this year, and they’ve made their first move to that end. Wednesday night, they reportedly struck a deal with the suddenly-retooling Mariners to acquire catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo...


Rays near trade of Mallex Smith to Mariners for catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia

The Mallex Effect may be on the move. Per a report from the Seattle Times, and beginning to be confirmed by others, the Rays are nearing a trade of Mallex Smith to the Seattle Mariners for catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia. Sources: The Rays and Mariners are finalizing a deal that would send C Mike Zunino and OF Guillermo Heredia to Tampa Bay for OF Mallex Smith. Still pending medicals, etc., so it's not official yet. @RyanDivish had deal first and @Ken_Rosenthal first mentioned Zunino to Rays.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 8, 2018 Mallex Smith was...

Tampa Bay Times

5 things about the Rays Mike Zunino-Mallex Smith deal

Five things about the trade between the Rays and Mariners agreed to late Wednesday, with the Rays getting C Mike Zunino, OF Guillermo Heredia and 2008 draftee LHP Michael Plassmeyer, and the Mariners getting OF Mallex Smith and OF prospect Jake Fraley. Assuming all goes well the medicals

Bluebird Banter

AL East trade: Rays trade Smith to Mariners for Zunino

There is a trade in the AL East. The Rays are sending outfielder Mallex Smith to the Mariners for catcher Mike Zunino and and outfielder Guillermo Heredia. Smith is 25. He hit .296/.367/.406 with 10 triples, 40 steals, 47 walks and 98 strikeouts. The numbers look good, but then there was a .366 BABIP that might just not be sustainable. But then he is fast and his BABIP was .347 in 2018. His speed might be nice to have in the Mariners large park. Zunino is 27. He’s had 6 season in the MLB with the Mariners. He didn’t hit much this season, .210/.259/.410 with 20 home runs. In 2017, he...

MLB.com FastCast: Zaidi to lead Giants - 11/7/18

The Giants officially introduced Farhan Zaidi as their president of baseball operations, plus the Mariners and Rays get close to a trade About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the Unite

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies free agency target profile: Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi

The Phillies could be in the market to pick up another starter for their rotation. Former Rays and Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi could be their guy. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak confirmed Wednesday at the GM meetings that he is looking to add to the rotation, specifically a left-handed arm. While Nathan Eovaldi is […] Phillies free agency target profile: Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


View from the Catwalk: OF Jake Smolinksi signs milb deal; more on the Mallex trade

Plus more on the Mallex trade, which has not been finalized As the Rays consider who will provide bench outfield support in 2018, the team moved quickly to sign former Athletics defender Jake Smolinski to a minor league deal. Per MLB Trade Rumors: Smolinski’s 2018 campaign was cut short by a blood clot in his left calf, and in his 41 plate appearances he hit just .128/171/.205. The former second-round pick did post a terrific .278/.372/.548 slash in Triple-A this season and is a career .227/.287/.357 hitter in the Majors. Smolinski will likely be competing with to-be-acquired Cuban...

Amazin Avenue

Mets have checked in on Wilson Ramos and Martin Maldonado in catcher search

The team has looking at a variety of options to upgrade at catcher. The Mets have checked in on free agent catchers Wilson Ramos and Martin Maldonado, per a report earlier today from Jon Heyman. The team was also linked to free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal earlier this week. As far as the two new names go, Ramos has been a much better hitter both recently and over the course of his career. In 416 plate appearances with the Rays and Phillies last year, he hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and a 131 wRC+. Over the course of his career, he’s hit .273/.317/.439 with a 103 wRC+, though...

Lookout Landing

The Mariners targeted Jake Fraley because they want another Mitch Haniger

The Rays’ former 2nd-round pick was a subheader for yesterday’s trade, but he’s more than a bit intriguing. Who among us saw last night’s trade and didn’t get excited to see some grainy footage of college-age men play baseball in Charlotte, NC? If you have red, white, and blood cells pumping in your veins, you saw yesterday’s deal and thought “I already know Mallex Smith, he stole 40 bases and wears a gigantic FLORIDA chain, he’s gonna be great, tell me about this other guy the M’s got.” Well, hypothetical reader I’ve invented to serve this scenario, I have what you...

Lookout Landing

Mariners (reportedly) agree to swap Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia for Mariners legend Mallex Smith

Jerry getting the Hot Stove going before we even have a chance to breathe! Two years ago, it took until the day before Thanksgiving for Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto to get the Hot Stove off to a roarin’ start, when he dealt for Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger in one of his finest moves to date. This offseason, per the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, it appears that Dipoto doesn’t want to wait that long: Sources: The Mariners are working to finish a trade that would send catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia to the Rays in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith. Deal could be...


Blake Snell’s trade value is “non-existent” according to the Rays

Might be time to invest in a Snell jersey Rays fans try to never get too comfortable with players. It can be hard to pick a franchise face as a result, especially when the likes of Evan Longoria and Chris Archer are traded away to bolster the team’s youthful core. But fans worried that Cy Young finalist Blake Snell might be on the market this offseason can breathe a little easier for now. Jon Morosi had a chance to ask Rays general manager Erik Neander what he thought of Snell’s trade value, and the GM was incredibly candid in his reply. Snell’s trade value?...


SBNation Offseason Simulation 2018 results are in!

The SBNation off-season simulation took place this past weekend, and Danny let me GM the squad this time around. JT and Danny were also a huge part of my brain trust, the Auld and Silverman if you will, for free agent discussions/offers, taking the place of President Hatfield, who I understand was elected Mayor of Lakeland or something like that. Heading into this whole thing I made a couple things very clear with myself: The real life Rays do not have to go crazy this off-season. They don’t have to go out there and sign Nelson Cruz, Josh Donaldson, Craig Kimbrel and they don’t have to...

Lefty reliever Jonny Venters available in free agency

Jonny Venters is available on the free-agent market after splitting 2018 between the Rays and Braves, compiling a 3.67 ERA over 34.1 innings About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U

Wilson Ramos enters free agency this offseason

Wilson Ramos, after playing with the Rays and Phillies in 2018, heads to the free-agent market this offseason About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30