Found February 16, 2012 on Rays Report:
ROGER MOONEY The Rays signed C Chris Gimenez to a minor league deal with an invite to big league spring training. This is interesting, because Gimenez has major league experience. Jose Molina, who signed with the Rays early this offseason,…

DJ Kitty, the new Tampa Bay Rays mascot

Per Tampa Bay Rays' spokesman Jonathan Gantt's Twitter account, the Tampa Bay Rays are going to be getting a new mascot next season which is not a stingray, a ray of sunshine, or even named Ray much to my dismay. The monstrosity you see above is called DJ Kitty. DJ Kitty for all intents and purposes appears to be the hippest cat in all the land. Look at him, waving his...

Pirates to Sign Chris Gimenez?

Greg Johns of tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates might sign utility player Chris Gimenez, who recently elected free agency after being outrighted by the Seattle Mariners. Gimenez can’t sign until Thursday after refusing the outright assignment. In his career, Gimenez has a .171/.279/.272 line in 228 at-bats, including a .203/.314/.271 line in 59 at-bats in 2011. He’s...

Maddon, Rays agree to 3-year extension

The Rays have tied up a sizeable loose end before heading into spring training. The club announced Wednesday that it has agreed on a three-year contract extension with manager Joe Maddon, confirming an unofficial report that had circulated in the media Tuesday. The news was hardly unexpected even before that. In fact, at his season-ending press conference in October, Maddon expressed...

Johnny Damon’s Extra Swings in 2011

On Tuesday, Joel Sherman reported that some teams are wary of signing Johnny Damon because of how close he is to 3,000 hits. Three executives told Sherman that they were concerned Damon’s quest for the milestone has made him less patient at the plate, trading walks for chances to get a hit — an idea that was first observed by JC Mitchell at DRaysBay back in July. Sherman even...

Bombs away for Jesus Montero during batting practice at Mariners camp

Back by popular demand, we have some more footage of Jesus Montero taking batting practice this morning. This footage, shot about 20 minutes ago, shows Montero unloading a couple of bombs. You can hear the gasps from some fans watching him swing. Read more...

See former U-Dub product Forrest Snow throwing from catcher's vantage point

University of Washington product Forrest Snow has come a long way in a short time as a professional pitcher. Today, you can see him throwing to Jesus Montero in a morning bullpen session. Read more...

Blake Beavan hoping to ride back into Mariners rotation

Among the many players to report to camp looking in visibly better shape this spring is Blake Beavan, who is in a dogfight for a spot in the back of the team's rotation. The Mariners have Beavan, Kevin Milwood, Hector Noesi and Charlie Furbush fighting for only two spots after the top three of Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas and Hisashi Iwakuma, so something's got to give...

Starting Nine: C, SS, and rotation

The Tampa Bay Rays begin spring training Monday when pitchers and catchers report to the Charlotte Sports Park.

Trayvon Robinson sporting a new look

Players continue to arrive in camp, with Chone Figgins the latest this morning. Trayvon Robinson, seen in the photo above, got here yesterday. I ran across him this morning when he was coming out of the indoor batting cages and noticed the new glasses he was wearing. Turns out that Robinson was having some trouble with his contact lenses last season. They kept shifting in his eyes...

Rays reward Maddon with three-year extension

Joe Maddon is eager to get to work at spring training after agreeing to a three-year contract extension that could keep him in Tampa Bay's dugout through 2015.

Smoak still the man in middle

Last year was supposed to be the lavish unveiling of Justin Smoak, power savant and franchise cornerstone.

Jesus Montero works the opposite field

Seems like we can never get enough of Jesus Montero taking batting practice. Watch him in footage from earlier today, spliced together from multiple rounds of batting practice, as he attempts to go the opposite way to right field. As we know, Safeco Field can be murder on rght-handed hitters. It won't kill Montero to go the other way every now and then.
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