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Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay signs RHP Ernesto Friei, DFA Sean Rodriguez

The Tampa Bay Rays have made a deal with relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri for the 2015 season, according to the Tampa Bay Rays Twitter account. In a corresponding move, Sean Rodriguez has been designated for assignment by the team. #150298088 / gettyimages.com #Rays have signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract and have designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays sign Ernesto Frieri, designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment

The Rays have signed free agent releif pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $800,000. Frieri can earn as much as $3.15 million in his new deal with the Rays if he can fulfill all of the incentives. The 29-year-old split time between the Angels and Pirates last season posting miserable 7.34 ERA in 48 games. The Rays have had success in the past signing...
Via Tireball.com
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Could Rays end up in Montreal? Club's future home up for debate

The future of Major League Baseball in the Tampa Bay region remains in doubt. But now clarity on the issue appears more attainable than ever — for interested parties in Florida and Quebec. Officials with the Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg are making continued progress on an agreement that would allow the Rays to explore stadium sites outside St. Petersburg. (Currently...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dave Martinez to pursue other opportunities outside the Rays

Bench coach Dave Martinez has decided to look for opportunities outside the Tampa Bay Rays. Martinez announced his intentions in a statement released Tuesday, four days after the Rays chose Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu as the three finalists for their open managerial position, made possible by Joe Maddon's decision to opt out of his contract with the club. Martinez...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays release Jose Molina and Cole Figueroa, Pirates cut ties with Ramon Cabrer

Getty Images After unsuccessfully trying to trade catcher Jose Molina, the Rays have cut ties with the 39-year-old. Long gone are the days that Molina could contribute anything with the bat but he is still a strong defender and stands a decent chance of landing a backup job somewhere. Molina hit a laughable .178/.230/.187 in 80 games last year. The Rays also cut ties with second...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Sign Allan Dykstra To Minor League Contract

The Tampa Bay Rays signed minor league free agent Allan Dykstra to a minor league contract on Saturday. Originally a first round pick for the San Diego Padres in 2007, the Mets acquired him in 2011 for fellow first rounder and reliever Eddie Kunz. Dykstra spent four seasons with the Mets and always maintained an on-base percentage north of .400 at every level. Last season he batted...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Rays narrow search to three

One of the top priorities of the offseason for the Tampa Bay Rays is filling their managerial role after the surprising and quick departure of Joe Maddon last month.  While their initial search included ten candidates, the team is reporting that they have narrowed their search to three. #453665242 / gettyimages.com#Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays announce manager finalists – Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu

ONE OF THESE THREE MEN WILL BE THE NEXT MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS #Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to three: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibañez and Don Wakamatsu. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 21, 2014 Will it be Kevin Cash, the current Indians bullpen coach and a former Rays catcher? Will it be Raul Ibanez, who was sitting in the Royals dugout...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cut day: Three finalists named for Rays' manager job

After losing long-time manager Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a new manager. On Friday, they trimmed down the original list of 10 candidates to three finalists. Tampa Bay will chose Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash or Don Wakamatsu to become the teams new manager, the team announced Friday. It will be up to the Rays president of baseball operators Matthrew Silverman to make...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Raul Ibanez Among Three Finalists For Tampa Bay Rays’ Manager Position

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays’ bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus. Tampa Bay said interviews with...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays narrow down managerial search to three finalists

Now there are three. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu were named the three finalists for the Tampa Bay Rays' open managerial position on Friday with in-person interviews scheduled to begin the week of Dec. 1. The man chosen will become the fifth manager in Rays history, succeeding Joe Maddon, who led the club for nine seasons. Seven names were eliminated from the initial...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers acquire RHP Peralta from Rays in four-player trade

LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Joel Peralta has been acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade. The deal is the first major move for Los Angeles since Andrew Friedman left the Rays to become president of baseball operations for the Dodgers. Tampa Bay received right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris in the trade announced Thursday night...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta, Adam Liberatore for Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris

It didn’t take long for Andrew Friedman to make a deal with his old organization. The Dodgers on Thursday night acquired right-hander Joel Peralta and left-hander Adam Liberatore for flame-thrower Jose Dominguez and Low-A prospect Greg Harris. At first glance, it seems like a pretty reasonable trade. The Dodgers get a dependable reliever and a lefty option for a guy who probably...
Via Dodgers Digest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays send Joel Peralta to Dodgers as part of four-player deal

The Tampa Bay Rays traded veteran reliever Joel Peralta and minor-league left-hander Adam Liberatore to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a flurry of moves to reach the 40-man roster deadline by midnight Thursday. In sending Peralta and Liberatore to Los Angeles, Tampa Bay received right-hander Jose Dominguez and minor-league right-hander Greg Harris. In addition, infielder Cole...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB News: Tampa Bay Rays designate catcher Jose Molina for assignment

With the Rule 5 draft coming up, the 40-man rosters need to be finalized in just a few hours. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated veteran catcher Jose Molina for assignment because they needed to make room. This was first reported by Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times. Molina is set to make $2.75-million next season, the end of a two-year deal. The Rays have 10 days to...
Via On-Base Talk
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist wears wrong helmet during at-bat vs Japan (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Tampa Bay Rays switch-hitting infielder Ben Zobrist started his sixth inning at-bat with a lefty helmet while batting from the right side in Sunday's game for the MLB All-Stars in Japan.Zobrist reached a 2-1 count when teammate Evan Longoria hooked him up with the appropriate right-handed helmet. Everyone involved, including Japan's...
Via Holdout Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria watched fiancee Jaime Edmondson deliver couple’s son via FaceTime

Evan Longoria is among the contingent of MLB players currently in Japan to take part in a five-game “All-Star Series.” Somewhat complicating matters as he embarked on his trip was that the Tampa Bay Rays third baseman and his fiancée, Jaime Edmondson were expecting the couple’s second child, with a due date set for Nov....Read More The post Evan Longoria watched fiancee Jaime...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Evan Longoria left Saturday’s game in Japan to watch birth of son on FaceTime

The MLB All-Stars won 6-1 against Samurai Japan on Sunday. Evan Longoria played his best game of the Japan All-Star Series. However, just a day before, he experienced a moment even greater than the Japan All-Star Series. He witnessed the birth of his son. Longoria celebrated by homering in MLB’s first win of the series on Sunday.Longoria dashed to the clubhouse during Saturday’s...
Via On-Base Talk
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Jeff Beliveau out of remainder of MLB/Japan series with lat strain

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jeff Beliveauleft Saturday's MLB/Japan All-Star Series Game 3 in the eighth inning after striking out three of the four hitters he faced. Examination showed that he has a mild lat strain, and he will miss the remainder of the series. However, it should not hinder his offseason workouts or progress toward next season.Your browser does not support iframes.Beliveau...
Via Sports Injury Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Jeff Beliveau leaves MLB/Japan Game in 8th after throwing pitch

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jeff Beliveau left Saturday's MLB/Japan All-Star Series Game 3 in the eight inning after striking out Ryosuke Kikuchi to open the frame. Pitching coach Mike Maddux and trainers came to the mound after the pitch and removed Beliveau from the game. Colorado's Franklin Morales replaced him. #459019960 / gettyimages.comBeliveau was pitching brilliantly...
Via Sports Injury Alert
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks acquire Jeremy Hellickson from Rays

Earlier this week, a news tidbit broke that stated the Rays were getting close to dealing starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to a National League team. Today, that news finally broke – Hellickson is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, the first significant move for the new regimes in Arizona and Tampa Bay. The @Dbacks acquire RHP Jeremy...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The Rays Cut Payroll And Still Compete?

Let’s start with four Tampa Bay Rays-related facts we know to be either true or at least have been recently publicly stated as such: The team’s 85 losses in 2014 were more than the franchise has had since 2007, when they were still the Devil Rays, had Brendan Harris, Akinori Iwamura and Delmon Young in the regular lineup, and […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon on leaving Rays: 'I hope they don't feel betrayed'

Joe Maddon is an opportunist. Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract over the weekend, meaning he will not manage the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. According to Maddon, the opportunity to become a managerial free agent was one he couldn’t pass up, though he’s leaving the Rays on amicable terms. “I just hope they will understand that this was a unique opportunity for me...
Via NESN.com
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Agent: Joe Maddon prepared to sit out season if need be

Free-agent manager Joe Maddon doesn't have many viable options if he wants to manage a ballclub in the 2015 season. Three teams (Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks) have already hired managers, and that really only leaves him with a few choices. The Minnesota Twins are the only club with an actual job opening, but that would be a downgrade from his previous...
Via The Sports Daily
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

As our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported Friday night, Joe Maddon has left the Tampa Bay Rays, and we now have a little more insight as to why. Maddon opted out of his contract for 2015, and it appears that he wants a long-term deal to begin as soon as possible. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Maddon wants a five-year, $25-million contract, an amount the Rays...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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