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View from the Catwalks: Rays galore on the Baseball Prospectus 101

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Another prospect list, more Rays prospect domination Rays News 2021 Prospects: The Top 101 - Jeffrey Paternostro, Jarrett Seidler, and Keanan Lamb, Baseball Prospectus: Wander gets another number 1 overall, but the real eye opener is Shane Baz’s placement. Top 100 Roundtable: Was Wander Franco A Clear No. 1 Entering 2021? - J.J. Cooper, Baseball America: BaseballAmerica’s masthead discuss their process going into Wander at 1, and whether it was ever in doubt. Fleming not shy about his initial goal for ‘21 - Adam Berry,...

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Rays Sign Yacksel Rios to Minor League Deal

Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Deal announced by Rios’ agent and includes a Spring Training Invite The Tampa Bay Rays have signed RHP Yacksel Rios to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to his agent Gavin Kahn. Congrats to our client, RHP Yacksel Rios, on his new contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. ✍️✍️ #TampaBay #RaysBaseball #TampaBayRays #MLB #TeamESM @MizunoBsballNA @EnterSportsMgmt pic.twitter.com/UeF1LThKTF— Gavin Kahn (@Gavin_Kahn) January 21,...

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Gabbing w/ Gamble: Who’s your second favorite team?

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ “If you ain’t first, you’re last” Hello and welcome back to our fun little site for another Friday discussion. We’ve made it through another week, and are now that much closer to spring- and with it, Twins baseball. However, we’re not talking Twins today- we’re talking Rockies, or Athletics, or Dodgers, or Rays, or maybe any other team (besides the Yankees and White Sox, hopefully). Who is your second favorite MLB team? Now, perhaps, you don’t really have one. You’re all Twins, through and through. I can relate. However, even...

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The pitch clock is the silver bullet for some of MLB’s self-described problems

Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays adjusts his gloves during his at-bat during the third inning of game two of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. | Photo by Sarah Stier/ Two birds, one stone Whether through an inferiority complex or a simple pigheaded devotion to how the game used to be played, an awful lot of people in and around Major League Baseball are quick to point out the game’s faults. Never mind that other professional leagues are content to celebrate themselves and their...

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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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DRB Bracket Madness: Rays seasons play-in round results

Who you got: `05 vs `07; `00 vs `01; `04 vs `06; `03 vs -`16; `98 vs `99; `02 vs `14 Two weeks ago, we introduced the DRB “which Rays season was the all-time greatest?” bracket, a tournament style decider of which Rays season gets to rule them all. Check out the set-up and layout here if you missed, that, but otherwise, let’s get right in to the play-in round results, because there was lots of action! 2005 vs 2007 In a compelling seven game series, the 2007 Devil Rays were able to prevail over their 2005 counterparts. The 2007 squad was led by excellent offensive...

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Astros operating like Rays as key players continually leave

The Houston Astros are operating like a poorly-run version of the Rays. The inevitable has finally come to pass, as Houston Astros fan favorite George Springer has left for greener pastures, taking a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, and Michael Brantley may be joining him. We all knew Springer was gone, but there was still hope that […] Astros operating like Rays as key players continually leave - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: No. 24

Using this photo because I’d not seen this angle before and wanted an excuse. | Photo by Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Newly signed SS Carlos Colmenarez joins the top-20 after a special election. Previous winner, via Special Election... SS Carlos Colmenarez (L/R, 5’10 175, 17 in 2021) Signed in 2021 The Rays have bolstered efforts to strengthen their pipeline through the international market in recent years, and Colmenarez is another big investment as one of the top players in the class. He has above-average tools across the board, and his performance in...

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What can Michael Wacha learn from his comps?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Studying platoon splits with Max Scherzer and the Many Strange Birds, part 2 Michael Wacha, signed for one year and $3 million, has been the biggest veteran addition to the Rays this offseason. It’s the type of deal a pitcher takes to partner up with a well-regarded pitching program when he’s looking to rebuild his value and sign a longer deal, and that a team takes when they want a steady presence with upside but aren’t willing or able to pay what it takes to land the more flashy names. In part one we identified a group of pitchers...

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Milwaukee Brewers need more contact to improve the offense in 2021

Omar Narvaez was a strikeout machine in his first year with the Brewers | Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports Too many Brewers with high strikeouts rates sabotaged the offense in 2020 The 2020 Milwaukee Brewers owned the highest strikeout percentage (K%) offensively in the NL, punching out in 26.6% of their plate appearances. That lack of contact was a major reason Milwaukee ranked 27th in runs scored in all of baseball at 4.12 runs per game. While a high offensive K% doesn’t ensure a poor season (the AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays had a higher K% than the Brewers), it often...

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What do the Rays see in Michael Wacha?

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Why Wacha is basically Max Scherzer, part 1 The Rays were fast movers on the free agent pitching market this off season, declining to bring back Charlie Morton and replacing his roster spot with... Michael Wacha, who the Rays tabbed as a “priority signing” this offseason. How did the Rays reach that conclusion? There are many ways of evaluating pitchers. I like to look at a pitch shape graph first before I’ve checked any statistics, watched any video, or thought about pitch location, tunneling, or sequencing. I do this because I want to give...

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View from the Catwalk: Rays settle with 4, go to arbitration with 2

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Rays News The Rays settled with some of the arbitration eligible players. ($) Tyler Glasnow will earn $4 million; Yonny Chirinos, who is unlikely to have much of in impact as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, will earn $1.175. Joey Wendle settled for $2.25 million and Manuel Margot for $3.4 million. They will go to arbitration with Ji-Man Choi (team - $1.85M, player - $2.45M) and Ryan Yarbrough (team - $2.3M, player - $3.1M). Yarbrough’s case will be interesting. DRB’s Darby Robinson wrote about this back when the baseball world was...

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Five Rays prospects in Baseball America’s top 100

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The new guy slots in to the top 25 overall With the 2021 baseball season hopefully set to commence in just a month’s time, Baseball America has released their top 100 prospects entering the new campaign, with five players from the Rays organization included among them. 1. Wander Franco, SS (2020 ranking: 1)17. Randy Arozarena, OF (2020 ranking: not ranked)23. Luis Patino, RHP (2020 ranking: 18)56. Vidal Brujan, INF (2020 ranking: 51)100. Shane McClanahan, LHP (2020 ranking: 83) Although they still boast a very impressive farm system, the...

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Why haven’t the Cubs signed this guy yet, Part 4: Chris Archer

Photo by Justin Berl/ Another arm who could help the Cubs. The Cubs acquired Chris Archer from the Indians (along with Jeff Stevens) December 31, 2008, in exchange for Mark DeRosa. In 2010, he was the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 2.34 ERA and 1.173 WHIP in 28 appearances (27 starts) combined between Advanced-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. And then the Cubs traded him away, along with Sam Fuld, Hak-Ju Lee, Robinson Chirinos and Brandon Guyer, to the Rays for Matt Garza, Zac Rosscup and Fernando Perez. This isn’t to lament that deal,...

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Phillies acquire infielder C.J. Chatham from Red Sox

After acquiring relievers Jose Alvarado from the Tampa Bay Rays and Sam Coonrod from the San Francisco Giants, Dave Dombrowski has already made his third trade as Philadelphia Phillies president of baseball operations. Just hours after the official signing of reliever Archie Bradley, the Phillies acquired infielder C.J. Chatham from the Boston Red Sox — Dombrowski’s […] Phillies acquire infielder C.J. Chatham from Red Sox - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Taylor Walls, the next great Rays player you’ve never heard of

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The Rays future at short stop may not be the prospect you expect. During the early days of the offseason, among the first moves made by the Tampa Bay Rays front office was to add several players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. At the time however, the Rays 40-man roster was filled nearly to the brim so the team had to make sure they added the players that they 100% wanted to make sure were still with in the organization the following season. So, on November 20th, the Rays added outfielder Josh Lowe, right-handed...

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Reds sign a bevy of international prospects

No relation. | Photo by Focus on Sport/ It’s international signing day! That means that the Reds are free to use their international pool money to sign players that don’t require being in the draft. By and large, these are kids who are 16 or 17 years old and hail from somewhere in Latin America. The Reds were expected to make a big splash here this year, as they have $6,431,000 to spend here, the most out of any team in MLB (tied with the Tigers, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, and Rays). Unsurprisingly, those teams are all of the teams that we’ve heard from the most...

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2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List special election: Carlos Colmenarez

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The Rays have added another highly touted prospect to the system. Previous winner 3B Kevin Padlo (R/R, 6’2 205, 24 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham: 432 PA, .265/.389/.538, 21 HR, 53 XBH, 12/16 SB, 15.7 BB%, 26.9 K% Padlo broke a hamate bone in 2017, and it took him until the 2019 season to get back on track. He’s always had power potential, and he started showing it in games. His average wasn’t bad, and he posted a high walk rate. He’s a good defender at third base and has spent time at both first...

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View from the Catwalks: Arb Deadline Day

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via It’s also the start of International Signing, so lots of fun movings and shakings to happen Rays News Glasnow headlines group of arb-eligible Rays - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: The Rays don’t have a ton of Arb eligible players left, but still some key pieces to settle with by the deadline (otherwise it’s on to the awkward arb hearings). This year’s arbitration deadline is different for Rays. Here’s why. - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times 2020-21 MLB International Prospects Class - Ben Badler, Baseball America: The Rays have...

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Are we jumping to conclusions with the Tampa Bay Rays?

Popular opinion has the Tampa Bay Rays taking a significant step back in 2021. Their current roster and farm system indicate otherwise. The Tampa Bay Rays have been doing Rays-like things this offseason, offshoring a soon-to-be expensive player, re-stocking their farm system, and prepping their next wave of prospects for vital major league assignments. Charlie […] Are we jumping to conclusions with the Tampa Bay Rays? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Rays Free Agent Target: RHP Corey Kluber

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports The two-time Cy Young winner is looking for a one-year deal, and the AL East is his likely landing spot. The Rays are coming off a six-game World Series run, but are also in something of a 90-win rebuild year. With finances tightening the Rays moved on from Charlie Morton so they could keep their core assets together, and hoped the market would come to them. The market did, and it demanded Blake Snell at a price the Rays could not refuse. The result is a good team in need of more moves. Part of that equation is most assuredly finding top...

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Rays sign top 2021 international free agents

Venezuelan shortstop Carlos Colmenarez and Dominican outfielder Jhonny Piron are big gets. Today officially begins the 2020-21 International Free Agent signing period. In typical years this period begins on July 2, but this year it was delayed until January 15. The Tampa Bay Rays have a $6,431,000 signing bonus pool that is matched only by the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, and Minnesota Twins. Unlike most recent seasons teams will not be able to trade for additional pool money. This is a practice the Rays have routinely participated in. Any...

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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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FanPost Friday: Rank the other 29 MLB teams by most likeable to least

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Time to get out your Burn Book I’m borrowing this prompt from the prolific Ashley MacLennan who writes for the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs SB Nation blogs, making the rest of us single blog chumps look like real louses. Prompt: Rank the other 29 MLB teams by most likeable to least! OBVIOUSLY the Mariners are your number one, right? Uhhh, right? But, how do the other teams rank? Who are your bandwagon favorites? Who is your National League darling? And most importantly, what teams are at the bottom of your list? Here’s...

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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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Mets sign Jose Martinez to $1 million split contract

The Mets’ search for low-risk, potential high-upside depth brought them to completing a deal with Jose Martinez on Thursday. Martinez, a veteran 1B/OF who spent last season with the Cubs and Rays, agreed to a one-year split contract with the Mets that will pay him $1 million if he makes the club. A right-handed bat,...

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MLB expansion isn’t going to happen for a while

The skyline of Nashville, Tennessee, a possible MLB expansion city | Photo by: John Greim/Loop Images/Universal Images Group via ... even though it could bring a lot of money to current owners. Major League Baseball hasn’t expanded for more than 20 years. The last teams added to MLB’s mix, the Tampa Bay (then Devil) Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, were first created in 1995 and given three years to put together a farm system before their first games in 1998. It’s been speculated that MLB might want to expand again soon. Beyond potential $1 billion entry fees,...

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2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No.  22

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports The first runoff of 2021 Previously: No. 20 - Runoff winner RHP Seth Johnson (6’1 200, 22 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays and rookie-level Princeton: 17 IP, 2.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 4.3 BB%, 23.2 K% Johnson was a huge riser last spring as a fairly new convert to pitching after having little success as a hitter. He reportedly stood out in the instructional league in 2020. According to Baseball America, he’s shown improved fastball velocity and a better slider ($). Because of his lack of experience, he was probably...

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: