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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays brain trust sat side by side under a clear sky, a frenetic offseason behind them, this day of fresh starts a reminder of the expectations to come. The phrase is worn but appropriate for the men steering one of the American League Easts most efficient franchises: The more things change, the more they stay the same for manager Joe Maddon and executive vice president Andrew Friedman, even if a winter makeover on the mound has produced questions about how the Rays intend to prolong their consistency.
Gone is right-hander James Shields, sent to the Kansas City Royals in a December deal after he pitched no fewer than 215 innings in five of the past six years. Gone is right-hander Wade Davis, also sent to the Midwest in the six-player blockbuster trade after four productive seasons as a starter and a reliever.
Enter new faces, a mix Maddon calls versatile and interesting, players such as shortstop Yunel Escobar and infielderoutfielder Kelly John...
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The prize for most bizarre spring training injury is always hotly contested, but Joel Peralta's latest injury is going to be tough to top.
Baseball players, definitely more so than any other group of professional athletes, seem to injure themselves in the most bizarre ways imaginable. The list of incomprehensible injuries is literally almost too long to tackle here (although SI has compiled a fantastic rundown of some prime examples for those interested), but Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta, thanks to his peculiar...
Another day, another MLB pitcher sidelined because of a bizarre injury. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta is the latest victim of what is becoming a recurring theme with spring training now underway. Peralta is going to be sidelined for a short while with a neck injury, and you’ll never guess how he hurt it. Actually, you probably can guess with the way things have been going...
For some odd reason, Tampa Bay Rays pitchers seem to get hurt in the weirdest way possible during Spring Training. And these aren’t normal injuries to say an arm or leg. These injuries always happen to the player’s neck.
Last year it was David Price having to leave a Spring Training start because he hurt his neck toweling off too hard. And now, Joel Peralta has injured his neck...
You’re off the hook, Francisco Liriano. Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta has officially taken over the mantle of strangest preseason injury.
The Rays reliever, who is currently in spring training with the team in St. Petersburg, Fla., apparently hurt his neck while getting out of his car to get sandwiches. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times chronicled the events, reporting that Peralta...
Baseball is back! We have our first bizarre spring training injury, courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay times is reporting that Peralta injured his neck getting out of his car after making a sandwich run.
Yahoo says Peralta was in a Camaro when he suffered the injury.
Topkins followed up his first tweet with the following message, allowing...
Baseball players have a reputation of suffering some bizarre injuries. Unfortunate slips in the shower, harmful sneezes, and failed attempts at scaring one's own kids are just some of the more memorable ones. And now can add the weird circumstance involving Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta to that list, too.The right-hander reportedly hurt his neck on Tuesday morning while...
New moves, new beginnings . . . same goal.
Spring has come after an active winter for the Tampa Bay Rays, a perennial American League East contender over the past five seasons. A near miss last fall kept them out of the playoffs for only the second time since 2008, and their offseason saw the loss of a centerpiece of their recent past (right-hander James Shields) and the arrival...
For better or worse, Wil Myers was the most talked about prospect of the offseason. Travis d’Arnaud had his moment in the sun when the R.A Dickey trade occurred, but Myers is the former Minor League Player of The Year with an incredibly high ceiling. Myers was ‘blocked’ by the awful Jeff Francouer, which resulted in Myers being shipped out as the centerpiece in a deal that...
Last summer, Major League teams had to operate under the new rules imposed on amateur signings put in place by the CBA last winter. While international free agents had previously signed for whatever the market would grant, MLB imposed a $2.9 million spending cap on each Major League team. As Ben Badler noted over at Baseball America today, however, the Rays exceeded the limit and...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. This was his first day of school, the initial step on a long path, the opening line of a tale yet to be told. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi walked through the Tampa Bay Rays spring training clubhouse Wednesday morning straight to a corner stall feet from franchise face Evan Longoria and met his future. For the Kansas City Royal turned Ray, his wait, finally,...
A must-read article by Kevin Kernan of the NY Post, he speaks with Andrew Friedman, the Executive VP of Baseball Operations of the Tampa Bay Rays, who knows a thing or two about building from within and investing in the draft.
“The one thing about young players is that they have tremendous upside but they also have tremendous downside. There is far from certainty from these players...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. For now, it appears there have been no talks about an extension for Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney. However, the right-hander would be open to such discussions at some point in the future.
Rodney, 35, on Wednesday refuted a quote attributed to him late last month in El Dia, a Dominican Republic newspaper, that said he was close to signing a two-year...
SURPRISE, AZ (February 12, 2013) – The Kansas City Royals today announced that infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in the December 9, 2012 trade that also sent right-handed pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
Johnson, who will turn 29 on March 9, was placed on the Royals 40-man roster while...