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Tampa Bay Rays: Rotation Could be Strength for 2017

In order to succeed, the Tampa Bay Rays rotation may need to be their strength. The Tampa Bay Rays have always been known to develop young pitchers into stars. From James Shields to David Price and now Chris Archer.  It has always been the Rays way and seems to keep working.  This year the pitching […] Tampa Bay Rays: Rotation Could be Strength for 2017 - Rays Colored Glasses...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
46 minutes ago

Beckham working in OF to boost versatility

George Hendrick used to tease Tim Beckham about getting an outfield glove.
Via Rays.com
2 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays Almost Drafted Rickie Weeks

Rickie Weeks may be one of the newer members of the Tampa Bay Rays, but it did not have to be that way. In fact, they almost drafted him in the first round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. Heading into the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, the Tampa Bay Rays were sitting on the first […] Tampa Bay Rays Almost Drafted Rickie Weeks - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
3 hours ago

Longoria optimistic Rays can be better in 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Evan Longoria is sporting a new look in spring training and feeling better about what the Tampa Bay Rays have done in hopes of giving themselves a better chance to win. The 31-year-old third baseman still isn't a fan of last month's trade that sent second baseman and close friend Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pitching prospect; however...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays Spring Training, day six: motivational speeches and full-squad workouts

Evan Longoria fields a bunt during the Tampa Bay Rays first open workout on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) After a foggy start to the day, the Tampa Bay Rays got busy during the first open workout of the spring Sunday morning. Rays skipper Kevin Cash, as well as centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, kicked off the day with communiqués to the entire spring squad...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Club prez Auld: Rays positioned well for 2017

As America celebrates Presidents Day, Rays president Brian Auld sent along a message to his constituents, the fans of the Rays.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

Glove at first sight: Rays rejoice on Glove Day

Christmas in March. Such was the feeling early Monday morning when Wilson showed up to deliver gloves to Rays players for the coming season.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Finding a Position for Jake Bauers

Jake Bauers is one of the top prospects in the Tampa Bay Rays system. But where does he fit into their future? In theory, it should be easy to find a spot for one of the top prospects in a team’s system, let alone one of the top prospects in the game. However, it may […] Tampa Bay Rays: Finding a Position for Jake Bauers - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa...
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1 day ago

The X-Rays Spex guide to Spring Training 2017

Hey look, the gang is back together…albeit with a few new faces. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Sunday marked the first public workout of the spring for the Tampa Bay Rays. After a long and tepid offseason, most of us are incredibly excited by the prospect of watching baseball any capacity ― meaningful or otherwise. Yet even with the excitement that this wonderful time of...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Mallex Smith cracks funny joke about short stint with Mariners

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith came to his current team by way of the Seattle Mariners. His tenure in the Pacific Northwest lasted just 77 minutes, as he was traded twice in one day.Smith looked back on his illustrious tenure with the Mariners, and the quotes are pretty hilarious. Hey, that short tenure can be his claim to fame now. Not many players get traded twice in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria still not over Rays’ Logan Forsythe trade

It’s generally accepted by players that baseball is a business, and sometimes teams will make tough decisions that their players don’t completely approve of.Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria knows that too, but nearly a month later, he’s still not over the deal his team made that sent second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I actually like where...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Podcast, Episode 27: Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers Prospects

This episode is going to be uuuuuuuuugggge, it's the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers Top Prospects all crammed into one. Both really tremendous, tremendous farm systems. Okay, neither of them are really that great, but our Presidential Trump filter makes everything bigly. So Halp and myself delve into both systems and our favorites from each. We talk Jose De Leon for at least the...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays to sign reliever Tommy Hunter to minor league deal

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Tommy Hunter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are giving the 30-year right-hander an opportunity to earn a job in a revamped bullpen. The team said details of the contract had yet to be finalized. The 30-year-old, who pitched for four other teams during his nine-year major league career, reported to spring training...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tommy Hunter agrees to minor league contract with Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Reliever Tommy Hunter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are giving the 30-year right-hander an opportunity to earn a job in a revamped bullpen. The team said details of the contract had yet to be finalized. The 30-year-old, who pitched for four other teams during his nine-year major league career, reported to spring training...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays utility man Nick Franklin spent his offseason driving for Uber

As a Major League Baseball general manager, I’d be horrified to learn some of the things my players did during the offseason. However, it seems like I’d be glad to hear what Tampa Bay Rays utility infielder Nick Franklin did with his time. Prior to heading home for the offseason, Franklin admitted he’d be making an attempt as an Uber driver. While Franklin didn’t do this...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 27

Brett Sullivan narrowly reaches the list after losing a runoff After losing our first runoff, Jacob Faria cruised to an easy victory in the very next vote. Brett Sullivan barely avoided his second straight runoff this time. At this point in the voting, decisive victories are rare. Had there been a runoff, it would have been a vote between three players, which I don’t recall ever...
Via DRaysBay
4 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays Trivia Thursday! Most HR by a Catcher

Can you remember the catchers who have homered for the Rays? Stealing an idea from Lookout Landing, they do something called Sporcle Fridays. That’s something I’d like to bring over to Draysbay to test the knowledge of the community, and see just how many of you know useless knowledge about the Tampa Bay Rays. To kick things off we’ll see who remembers the catchers of the...
Via DRaysBay
5 days ago

2017 Minor League Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

I wonder if the Rays are mad at the Yankees for stealing their style? The kings of drafting/signing and stashing are back, with a whole new crop of youngsters, and there's some underrated names to come. While their top specs may not have the name value the Yankees, or say the Braves have, many of them are destined to make an impact on fantasy in the coming years. One of my favorite...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Nick Franklin worked as Uber driver during offseason

Nick Franklin is hoping to stick with the Tampa Bay Rays as a utility man this season. If he doesn’t make the roster, he knows what he can do for some spare cash.Franklin was at Rays camp on Wednesday, two days ahead of when position players were set to report. He told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that he spent a part of his offseason working as an Uber driver. Franklin is...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says spring training silliness will return for Cubs

Just because the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions doesn’t mean Joe Maddon has any plans his eccentric  managerial methods.If fact, Maddon put everyone on notice Tuesday that the unique approach to management he brought along to the Cubs organization from his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays will once again play a role at spring training.Maddon did stop short...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

LoMo Returns, Rays Continue Opportunistic Offseason

The Rays are one of the under-the-radar teams that the FanGraphs and PECOTA projection systems forecast to be in the AL Wild Card mix. As Jeff wrote last month following the Logan Forsythe-for-Jose De Leon deal, the Rays have continued to add years of control and surplus value this offseason. While the Rays do not necessarily need pieces like Mallex Smith and De Leon for 2017, they...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Way Kevin Kiermaier Is Underrated

Kevin Kiermaier is underrated. How do I know? I guess I don’t know, but by and large, Kiermaier is not considered one of the best players in baseball. This despite having performed like one of the best players in baseball. The last three years, by WAR, Kiermaier has been as valuable as Robinson Cano, Andrew McCutchen, and Yoenis Cespedes, all while collecting far fewer plate appearances...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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