Posted January 09, 2012 on
In this week's edition of Rays Roundup: The search for bats continues and the team adds more bullpen help for 2012 with the signing of Fernando Rodney. Plus Notes and Quotes and a Roster Report. All inside.

Rays May Still Re-Sign Damon Or Kotchman, But Probably Not Both

When asked about upgrading the offense, Andrew Friedman sounds confident that something will get done, and it could get done soon (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times)… “We’re having a lot of conversations on both the trade front and also with free agents,” he said. “I’m confident that we’re going to end up with two hitters that will complement our existing offense...

The Rays Rotation Has Been Set Up To Dominate In 2012

One of the biggest concerns with young starting pitchers is their workload and easing them into a 200-ip season. The Rays typically prefer to limit their starters to a 20 percent increase in innings from one season to the next. If a pitcher exceeds that mark, they could be at a higher risk for injury or just a tired arm in the next season. Last year, we saw the red flag with David...

Orioles & Blue Jays Send Representatives To Watch Manny Ramirez Hit

    Last offseason Manny Ramirez signed with the Tampa Bay Rays but his stay didn’t last long. During spring training Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance and facing a 100-game suspension decided to retire. Last month he was officially reinstated by MLB baseball and still faces a 50-game suspension that will begin when [...]

Inbox: Can Rodriguez play first base?

Can Sean Rodriguez play first base? Rays beat reporter Bill Chastain answers that question and more in the latest edition of his Inbox.

Fuld to host Diabetes Sports Camp at USF on Feb. 3 and 4

Sam Fuld, in partnership with the Rays, the University of South Florida Diabetes Center and USF Athletics, and Florida Diabetes Camps will host the Inaugural Sam Fuld Diabetes Sports Camp at USF on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4. Fuld, who was diagnosed with…

The One Where We Discuss An Expensive Closer, Another DH, And Harbor Island

Off-Season (click image for random Wikipedia page) The Rays may not be done adding relievers, and now they are setting their sight a bit higher. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Rays are one team that will become more active in pursuing former Phillies closer Ryan Madson if he has trouble finding the right deal and his price comes down. Madson is reportedly seeking...

Villarreal 2-2 Valencia: Late Aduriz strike snatches draw for Unai Emery's side (

Jose Molina's inaugural match ended level despite the Yellow Submarine opening up a two goal advantage against Los Che keeping them deep in relegation trouble.
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