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The Future Arms Race: Previewing the Rays injured starting pitchers

Despite a setback in 2018, the Rays’ young arms are looking to come back stronger About this time last year, many Rays fans were excited about the slew of top young arms coming up through the system. Jose De Leon made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017, and was the centerpiece of the Logan Forsythe trade. Anthony Banda was the main piece in the Steven Souza Jr. trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. And of course, Brent Honeywell (Jr.) was making his way through the Rays’ system, finishing as an MVP in 2017’s Future All Stars game, and being invited to 2018 Spring...

Tampa Bay Times

Chris Archer says trade showed him what real home-field advantage was

PORT CHARLOTTE - Chris Archer was the Rays' opening-day starter the past four years, pitching each time in a sold-out Tropicana Field before crowds of 31,042.But in being named the starter for the Pirates' 2019 home opener (Pittsburgh's fourth game overall),

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40 in 40: Justus Sheffield

Wisdom’s a gift but you’d trade it for youth. Age is an honor, it’s still not the truth. For decades, Mariner fans have been doomed to a life of unrequited love. The fluky nature of the game is one of MLB’s calling cards, yet the positive aspects of that have veered away from the Pacific Northwest for nearly two decades. More than any other major sport, baseball operates under a constant cloud of randomness, with worst-to-first stories and truly underwhelming playoff runs happening on the regular. Everyone from the richer-than-God Dodgers to the penniless Rays, the annoyingly...

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Live from Port Charlotte: Yandy Diaz muscles way in to Rays camp

PORT CHARLOTTE - Infielder Yandy Diaz arrived in Rays camp on Sunday, and made an immediate impression with his well-muscled arms.Diaz, acquired from Cleveland in the Jake Bauers trade, is known as something of a workout fiend, and more than a few players were checking out the

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MLB Roundup 2/13: Sergio Romo signs with the Marlins

Sergio Romo signs with Miami One of my favorite free agent relievers from this winter has come off the board, and the Red Sox didn’t make the move. Sergio Romo, the longtime Giants late-inning arm who spent the 2018 season with the Rays, signed a one-year deal worth just $2.5 million with the Marlins on Tuesday. To start with the Marlins, this is really the kind of move a rebuilding team like Miami should be making, and one we don’t see enough of from these kind of organizations. Romo, first and foremost, gives them a body to put in their bullpen to prevent them from having to call up a...

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Morosi: Sergio Romo of interest to Texas

Jon Morosi says the Rangers have interest in reliever Sergio Romo Texas Rangers rumors: MLB free agent relief pitcher Sergio Romo is someone the Texas Rangers have “shown interest” in on a possible minor league deal, according to Jon Morosi on Twitter. Morosi says the Toronto Blue Jays have also offered him a contract, while the Minnesota Twins, managed by Rocco Baldelli (who was with the Tampa Bay Rays, Romo’s former team, before being hired by Minnesota this offseason), are also identified as having interest. Coincidentally, MLB Daily Dish talked to Romo’s agent, Barry Meister,...

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Blue Jays reportedly make Sergio Romo contract offer

The Blue Jays have reportedly made a contract offer to free agent reliever Sergio Romo amid recent reports that his market is heating up. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have made a formal contract offer to free-agent right-hander Sergio Romo, who spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Rays. This […] Blue Jays reportedly make Sergio Romo contract offer - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 1, SS Wander Franco

Who else? Fifteen years ago the Tampa Bay Rays had next to zero presence in the amateur International Free Agent market. With the transition of ownership from Vince Naimoli to Stu Sternberg the Rays started to tap into that market. It takes time to establish a presence and develop relationships with trainers. Before the arrival of Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo it would be tough to find another player the Rays signed other than Alex Colome that helped the big league club. Felipe Vazquez (formerly Felipe Rivero), German Marquez, Jose Castillo, and Genesis Cabrera were used as trade chips,...

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MLB Roundup 2/11: Another quiet weekend

Not much happening as camps start to officially open. The Mariners still want to trade Edwin Encarnación You may recall when, way back in the middle of December, the Indians made a big trade that netted them Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers in a three-team deal that sent Yandy Diaz and a prospect to the Rays while the Mariners got Edwin Encarnación. It was a big deal for Cleveland, and a little confusing for a Seattle team that is clearly in retool mode. As soon as that trade went down, though, it was clear that the Mariners were planning to trade their new slugger before the season began....

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Willy Adames and the inflection point

July 31 was yet again a magical day for Willy Adames July 31st has been a memorable day throughout the career of Willy Rafael Adames. On July 31, 2014, Adames was the top prospect in the three-team trade that sent David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers. The Santiago, Dominican Republic native was just 18 years old on that day and had not yet cracked a top-100 prospect list, but nonetheless he was recognized as a promising player who could form the core of a competitive Rays team in the future. From the time the Rays acquired him, his prospect rankings continued to climb...

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Blue Jays: Could they be the mystery team in on Sergio Romo?

According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a one-year pact with an unknown team. So the speculation begs the question, could the Blue Jays be the mystery team in on the former Tampa Bay Rays hurler? The Blue Jays are still attempting to shore up […] Blue Jays: Could they be the mystery team in on Sergio Romo? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tommy Pham wins arbitration case against the Rays

Tommy Pham will now make $4.1 million this upcoming season According to multiple reports, Tommy Pham has won his arbitration case against the Tampa Bay Rays and he will be awarded $4.1 million this upcoming season. #Rays, who’ve lost last 4 arb cases, offered $3.5M; Pham won at 4.1. Looks like @JonHeyman and @JeffPassan had news of the decision first— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 5, 2019 Pham put up one of the best stretches in franchise history after being acquired by the Rays at the trade deadline in 2018. During that time, Pham hit .343/.448/.622 with 7 HR over 174 plate...

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Real Deals (BONUS): Top prospect targets on the Tampa Bay Rays

Which Rays prospects should Marlins fans be hoping to get in a potential J.T. Realmuto trade? Surprise! A late fifth entry into our “Real Deals” series—identifying prospect targets for the Marlins in a potential J.T. Realmuto trade—comes in the form of the Rays. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro was among several reporters this past weekend to indicate that Tampa Bay has “re-engaged” Miami after briefly backing away from the bargaining table. As a result, they have earned the right to their own segment in this series. The following Rays prospects would not have to relocate far in order to...

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How Diego Castillo Found His Mojo

Diego Castillo finds his place — and some extra heat — as the Opener Diego Castillo had a pretty solid debut once he got here. The bad news was, it took a little longer than Rays fans wanted. The good news was, it eventually got better than just “pretty solid.” Signed as an International Free Agent in March 2014, Castillo rose steadily through the Rays system before breaking out in 2017. Splitting that season between Montgomery and Durham, the big Dominican righty paired his 3.27 ERA with 90 strikeouts against just 20 walks in 71+ innings. However, despite a strong spring, Castillo...

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Report: Reds-Marlins J.T. Realmuto trade discussions include prospect Jonathan India

MLB Networks Jon Heyman reported via Twitter earlier this week that the Reds, Padres, Braves and Rays remain in the running for Realmuto.         

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Tampa Bay Rays Colin Poche has a chance to make Opening Day roster

Intriguing Tampa Bay Rays prospect Colin Poche is heading to the major league portion of Spring Training. With the Rays possibly needing bullpen help, he has a chance to stick. Colin Poche came over to the Tampa Bay Rays as a player to be named later in the trade that sent Steven Souza to the […] Tampa Bay Rays Colin Poche has a chance to make Opening Day roster - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tommy Pham ranked 4th best left fielder in baseball by MLB Network

After Tommy Pham was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2018 trade deadline, he almost immediately (after some time on the DL) became one of the best players in baseball. During his time with Tampa Bay, Pham hit .343/.448/.622 with 7 home runs, 191 wRC+, and 2.5 fWAR over 39 games. Thus, MLB Network has named him the 4th best left fielder in baseball. MLB Network’s Top 10 LF J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves Tommy Pham, Tampa Bay Rays Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels Juan Soto, Washington Nationals Marcell Ozuna, St Louis...

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Evan Longoria according to the analytics

Evan Longoria may have a hall of fame case when his career is over. Because the analytics say so. Earlier this week, former Rays and current Giants third baseman Evan Longoria vocalized some concerns about the state of free agency via his Instagram account. In the post, Longoria sounded off against the current state of analytics-driven player contracts, going as far as to accuse organizations of using data to devalue players, and taking a stand for his fellow athletes. View this post on Instagram We are less then a month from the start of spring and once...

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Arizona Diamondbacks 2019 Non-Roster Invitees: Pitchers B

Part 2 of the series looking at Non roster players invited to camp TAYLOR WIDENER Taylor Widener is the marquee player in today’s group of non roster invitees. The University of South Carolina Gamecock was drafted by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. He had nothing but success his first two years in the Yankee organization, posting low ERA and High K totals. Acquired by Mike Hazen in the 3 way trade with the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays that also brought in Steven Souza Jr. he has emerged as on of the top right handed pitching prospects in baseball, cracking most...

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Tampa Bay Rays free agent target: RHP Nick Vincent

The Rays bullpen lacks veterans; here’s one a year removed from greatness. The Rays have lived off the free agent bargain bin. It’s no secret. There are plenty of relievers out there this winter, but as usual, none of the top names are realistic options for the Rays. There are some names that seem like ideal Rays targets, however; I’d like to focus on one. He’s not flashy. In fact, he’s quite boring. Apologies in advance. Nick Vincent has pitched for both San Diego and Seattle; the latter recently offered an outright assignment to Triple-A, which he refused, becoming a free...

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2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 17

Anthony Banda has the stuff to succeed in the majors, but he’ll have to spend 2019 rehabilitating from surgery. Previous winner LHP Anthony Banda (6’2 190, 25 in 2019) 2018 statistics with Tampa Bay: 14 2⁄3 IP, 3.68 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 5.4 BB%, 17.9 K%2018 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 42 IP, 3.64 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 9.9 BB%, 26.9 K% Banda was one of two players acquired by the Rays immediately in the Steven Souza Jr. trade. With Durham, his strikeout rate was higher than it’s ever been, but he still walked too many batters. After a few solid appearances in the majors and a return to the...

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MLB Trade Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays still interested in JT Realmuto as talks heat up

The hottest name on the trade market is still available. Rumors and speculation continue to surround JT Realmuto, but as of this writing he remains a Miami Marlin. The Tampa Bay Rays are among the teams that have had a continued interest in the Marlins all-star catcher. JT Realmuto is arguably the best catcher in all of baseball, offering the rare package of above average offensive and defensive abilities. In 2018 with the Marlins, Realmuto played in 125 games (catching 112 of them), and slashed .277/.340/.484 with 21 HR over 531 plate appearances, accruing 4.8 fWAR. To put that in...

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Rays win the battle to keep reliever Oliver Drake, for now

Twice this winter, the Rays have shown they wanted RH reliever Oliver Drake - to a degree.The Rays acquired Drake twice, first on waivers from the Twins in November then in a small trade from the Blue Jays earlier this month, but ended up designating him for assignment both

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Rays Trade Target: 2B/OF Ben Zobrist

Ben Zobrist is still pretty good, and he may be pretty available The Tampa Bay Rays have had an active offseason. But even after seemingly filling all of its needs, the team still seem to be in on just about everyone available. Most recently, they were rumored to be linked to recent New York Yankees signee DJ LeMahieu and current free agent Josh Harrison. We here at DRaysBay have wondered about the validity of these rumors (especially the Harrison one), and whether the Rays going after another infielder made any real sense. But I’ll go ahead and play this game, and in turn, I’ll make...

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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Marc Topkin on Baseball Hall of Fame vote, Evan Longoria's comments, more

Times Rays beat reporter Marc Topkin joins Rick Stroud to discuss the Baseball Hall of Fame, which will announce its 2019 class later today.They also talk about ex-Ray Evan Longoria's comments on unsigned free agents, whether the Rays will make any more moves before the

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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...

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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

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

MLB.com FastCast: Edwin dealt, Familia signs - 12/13/18

The Mariners, Indians and Rays make a three-team trade centered around Edwin Encarnacion, plus the Mets reportedly bring back Jeurys Familia About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U

Yandy Diaz gets traded to the Rays from the Indians

As part of a three-team trade, infielder Yandy Diaz is the newest member of the Tampa Bay Rays, coming over from the Cleveland Indians About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United