Found January 27, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
We took a look at the hitters earlier this week, now it's time to look at the all-prospect team pitchers. Rotation1. Matt Moore (Tampa Bay Rays) Is there anyone out there that doubts Moore is the best pitching prospect in baseball?  Some dreamers might say Yu Darvish, but he’s not a rookie.  Not only is Moore an incredible pitcher, but I don’t think I’ve witnessed one coming out of the minors that was as good as Moore since Stephen Strasburg.  That’s pretty serious considering in the last few years alone, his own teammates David Price and Jeremy Hellickson came in and were effective immediately.  I expect Moore to compete for the Cy Young award and the Rays pitching staff to be rivaled only by the Angels in the AL. 2. Shelby Miller (St. Louis Cardinals) As a writer that scouts the Angels minor leagues, I remember late last season I skipped out on watching an Angels game to instead watch their AA affiliate Arkansas Travelers play.  It was to be one of Garrett Richards’ last o...

Rays Roundup: Pena Has Unfinished Business

In this week's edition of Rays Roundup: Carlos Pena says there is another chapter to be written in the Rays' story, the signing of Jeff Keppinger gives the team some punch off the bench, Justin Ruggiano and Russ Canzler are designated for assignment and top prospects Tim Beckham and Hak-Ju Lee are headed to big league camp. All of that plus more inside.

Jeff Keppinger signs 1-year deal with Rays

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger has signed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 31-year-old Keppinger who plays shortstop as well as second and third base split last season between the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants, combining to bat .277. A .281 career hitter in seven seasons with the Mets, Royals, Reds, Astros and Giants, the right...

Jeff Keppinger signs with Rays

Free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger has signed a one-year contract with the Rays. Keppinger, 31, who plays shortstop as well as second and third base, split last season between the Giants and Astros, combining to bat ....

Have the Rays Found Their Man at Shortstop?

The signing of Jeff Keppinger could settle things at shortstop for the 2012 season and beyond. His numbers at the plate and in the field reveal a much more complete player than the other three candidates.

The Most Talked About 23rd Man: Jeff Keppinger

For those of us who do not watch the transaction wire, anxiously awaiting the Tampa Bay Rays’ next acquisition (I say “us” as a matter of formality, for by the mere presence of this article we can ascertain I am not among those abstainers), last night the Tampa Bay Rays came to terms (terms yet-revealed) with infielder Jeff Keppinger. The former Houston Astros middle man has...

INF Keppinger signs with Rays

ROGER MOONEY The Rays signed infielder Jeff Keppinger today to a one-year, $1.525 million deal with incentives. The free agent split the 2011 season between the Astros and the Giants. He was non-tendered by the Giants after the season. He…

The One Where We Discuss Spring Invites, CC As Fielder, And Owing The State Some Money

The Rays have extended Spring Training invitations (has a player ever declined a spring training “invitation”?) to shortstops Tim Beckham and Hak-Ju Lee, catchers Nevin Ashley and Craig Albernaz, and pitchers Ricky Orta, Ryan Reid, Bryan Augenstein and Marquis Fleming. We’re glad the Rays are more patient than we are. Because if it were up to us, Beckham would be the opening...

Keppinger: “defense is defense” and some of his other thoughts since joining the Rays

ROGER MOONEY New Rays infielder Jeff Keppinger, who today signed a one-year, $1.525 million deal with incentives, spoke to the Rays writers this afternoon. Here is some of what he had to say: On which positions he can play:…

Maddon to appear on MLB Network on Friday

Joe Maddon will be featured in the "Managers Roundtable" on MLB Network on Friday at 9 p.m. ET. The Rays manager will take part in a discussion with Bud Black, Mike Scioscia and Ron Roenicke, hosted by Tom Verducci.

Rays' Moore ranked's top prospect

The Rays are well represented on's list of Top 100 prospects -- beginning at the top. Matt Moore is ranked as the top prospect in baseball, and the left-hander is accompanied on the list by shortstop Hak-Ju Lee (46), right-hander Chris Archer (74), shortstop Tim Beckham (92), outfielder Mike Mahtook (96) and right-hander Taylor Guerrieri (99).

Tampa Bay Rays still have pitching to deal after filling most holes through free agency

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Tampa Bay Rays are the most remarkable organization in sports

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INF Canzler designated for assignment

ROGER MOONEY INF Russ Canzler was designated for assignment Friday to clear room on the 40-man roster for INF Jeff Keppinger. Canzler can resign with the Rays if he clears waivers. If so, he will be reassigned to Triple A…
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