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The names that they continually allow to walk out the door are impressive. The new faces they welcome in are almost always virtual unknowns or familiar ones that no one else wants around anymore. Yet the Tampa Bay Rays keep winning, year in and year out.
With a payroll that always ranks among the stingiest in Major League Baseball, the Rays shouldn’t be able to contend as often as they do. Sure, teams that don’t spend money can occasionally hit on the right combination of players to have a good year, but winning consistently is a different animal altogether. But that’s the goal of every big-league GM: Put a team on the field every single year that has a chance to win it all.
Of course, amazement at the Rays’ incredible success against improbable odds isn’t anything new. It’s been well documented that Tampa, led in the front office by Andrew Friedman and on the field by Joe Maddon, shouldn’t be winning with their resources, yet continues to annually. Monday’s trade of pitcher James S...
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David Price wasn’t alone when he got the keys to Tampa for his efforts during the 2012 season. Price’s dog, Astro, was also given his own smaller set of keys as well. Astro even said a few words, which Price translated as, “Thank you.” The Rays’ starter won the American League Cy Young Award last season after going 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 211 innings. Price had 205 strikeouts...
After the Rays traded for Yunel Escobar, I began working on a piece discussing prospect ETA’s and how off-season moves affected players like Tim Beckham. In it, I closed the door on Beckham and the Rays due to Ben Zobrist and his team friendly contract manning second base for the next three seasons.
With each read, I re-worked and lightened my wording because of Zobrist’s ability...
Do you trade for an established player, or trade for a prospect with huge potential?
That’s the question reportedly splitting the baseball industry in regards to the Tampa Bay Rays’ just-completed trade which sent out James Shields in return for uber-prospect Wil Myers. But that being said, as the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham points out, the Rays always have a way of judging...
Were you to read FanGraphs, and only FanGraphs, you might be led to believe there’s only one opinion one might have on Sunday’s trade between the Rays and the Royals. And that one opinion would be “that’s a bad trade, for the Royals.” Indeed, many feel that way, but many also do not feel that way, for reasons I won’t bother to get into. Those people don’t write here...
Credit the Tampa Bay Rays for being bold and impressive with their latest move.
The Rays traded not one but two quality pitchers in a seven-player deal with the Kansas City Royals announced Sunday night.
Most major league teams would love to add hurlers such as James Shields and Wade Davis, not deal them away.
With the trade, Tampa Bay acquired several players who could help...
The Rays began life after James Shields in earnest with their first transaction since the big move Wednesday. The club is reportedly close to inking pitcher Roberto Hernandez — formerly and better known as Fausto Carmona — to a contract. Terms have yet to be revealed, but given his struggles the last two seasons — a 5.41 ERA and 1.8 K/BB in 202 innings — and his suspension...
After seven seasons with the Indians, it appears that Roberto Hernandez (Carmona) will not be back again. After a wild off-season that saw his true identity revealed, and a mostly down 2012 when he finally did appear in some games, Hernandez is reportedly close to signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.
#Rays close to signing RHP Roberto Hernandez (former Fausto Carmona). Depth for rotation...
The Royals' blockbuster trade with Tampa Bay for James Shields and Wade Davis shows that they're ready to start mortgaging their future to win in the present, something that hasn't happened around Kansas City for years.
To do it, the Royals gave up outfielder Wil Myers, widely regarded as the top prospect in the minor leagues, and right-hander Jake Odorizzi, considered...
It's a deal that could change the focus of both franchises. The Royals and Rays shook up their franchises with a deal that involved 6 players and one to be named later.
As talk of a possible trade that included Wil Myers being traded from the Royals to Tampa Bay gained momentum, I never thought it would be a one player for one player deal. In today's market, starting...
Ben and Sam weigh in on the Rays-Royals trade involving James Shields and Wil Myers a day after the dust settles.