Found February 02, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Joe Maddon
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays like his ability to hit left-handers. Manager Joe Maddon likes Scott's ability grind out an at-bat and play hard.

Rays' glut of pitching could come in handy

In 18 days, the Tampa Bay Rays will head to Port Charlotte with an unusual dilemma on their hands or, in this case, arms. They have too many of them. Barring any late deals before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 20, the Rays will open camp with six possibly even seven starters on the roster: James Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis, Matt Moore...

Rays win salary arbitration case against RHP Niemann

The Tampa Rays defeated right-handed pitcher Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration Friday.Niemann will earn $2.75 million instead of his requested $3.2 million next season.The 28-year-old posted a record of 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 23 starts for the Rays last season.Tampa Bay has never lost an arbitration case in their franchise history.

2012 Rays Fan Fest Includes New Activities

The Tampa Bay Rays announced more details about Fan Fest, which will be held on Saturday Feb 18th. Inside is the full press release from the team.

AP Sources: Indians, Kotchman agree to 1-year deal

Two people familiar with the talks say the Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman. Kotchman, who batted a career-best .306 for Tampa Bay last season, will make $3 million this season, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Kotchman can make an additional $1.75...

Introducing Your New Big Bat: Casey Kotchman?

The quest is over! And now we can finally get on with our lives. I wrote about the Indians search for an extra bat for months, and it has finally come to an end. Two days ago, I flew back home from a business trip. Walking towards baggage claim, I saw a man from a limo company holding up a sign that said “Kotchman.” I then tweeted the following: 24 hours later, Casey Kotchman...

Top 50 Prospects: #1 – Matt Moore

#1 Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays DOB: 6/18/1989 Previous Rank: 31 ETA: 2011 It’s almost impossible to earn a ranking ahead of Bryce Harper, but philosophically we consider a pitcher with present ace stuff and Major League opportunity to be more valuable than even a likely Hall of Fame hitter.  Moore made considerable steps forward in 2011 in the command department and catapulted...

Rays beat Niemann, stay perfect in salary arbitration

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated pitcher Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration Friday, improving clubs to 2-0 in decisions this year. Niemann will earn $2.75 million instead of his request for $3.2 million. Tampa Bay improved to 6-0 in arbitration.

Arbitration hearing today for Rays' Niemann

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann goes before a three-person panel today for a salary arbitration hearing.

Pirates sign Juan Cruz to minor league deal

The Pirates announced today that veteran reliever Juan Cruz has signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Cruz, 33, pitched for the Rays last season and posted a 3.88 ERA in 48 2/3 innings. Throughout his 11 season career, he has a 9.1 K/9 ratio and has served as a pretty good setup man. Many people say he could end up being this year’s version...

Rays win arb case against Niemann

The Rays continued their run of success in arbitration when it was reported on Friday they had won their case with right-hander Jeff Niemann.

Bucs ink veteran reliever Cruz to Minors deal

Right-hander Juan Cruz, a valuable member of Tampa Bay's bullpen last season, has been signed to a Minor League contract by the Pirates, a deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Tampa Bay Rays win arbitration case against pitcher Jeff Niemann

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Pirates sign reliever to minor league deal

Juan Cruz, 33, went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief outings last season for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander also has pitched in the majors for the Chicago Cubs, Altana Braves, Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals.
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