RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Versatile slugger Pearce is a valuable trade chip

Steve Pearce may not be a big name, but he'll be highly in demand as the Rays enter the trade deadline. As a versatile lefty-masher without a big salary, he should be the type of piece every contender wants to add to a postseason bench.
Via Rays.com
29 minutes ago

Moore pitches Rays to their 1st win at Dodger Stadium, 3-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Moore pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays won at Dodger Stadium for the first time, 3-1 over Los Angeles on Wednesday. Luke Maile had an RBI double in a three-run fourth inning as Tampa Bay wrapped up a nine-game West Coast road swing by snapping a four-game skid. The Rays were swept in a...
Via Associated Press
40 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Rays put in Moore work, earn first LA win

Matt Moore allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings and Evan Longoria slugged a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning as the Rays beat the Dodgers on Wednesday, 3-1, for the franchise's first win at Dodger Stadium.
Via Rays.com
52 minutes ago

Logan Morrison says Twitter has run its course for himself, other athletes

LOS ANGELES — Imagine trying to explain Twitter to someone 10 years ago. Think about it for a minute. It's not easy. "It's this thing, where you can only write a couple lines, but then you can quote other people, and there's news streams."It sounds ridiculous, of course we know what's happened the last few years, especially in sports. Twitter has become the de facto route between...
Via FOX Sports
2 hours ago

Rays seek answers as 1-run losses mount

Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers marked the first time in franchise history that the Rays lost four straight games by just one run apiece. Six of the seven losses following the All-Star break have been by one run, leading to a mounting frustration by the team and manager Kevin Cash.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

Other teams reportedly feel Rays are ‘leaning toward’ keeping their starting pitchers for rest of season

There are four days left until the (non-waiver) trade deadline and despite all the chatter surrounding the Rays and their starting pitchers, a few teams feel like the Rays are leaning towards holding on to those pitchers for now. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN spoke with “several teams” that have had trade talks with the Rays and reports that those teams don’t feel confident that they...
Via Rays Index
4 hours ago

Rays, Phillies Placing High Asking Prices On Starters

The asking prices for starting pitching don’t appear to be dipping even as some more supply hits the market, according to reports from ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick and Jayson Stark (Twitter link). Both the Rays and Phillies are said to be seeking significant returns on their best trade assets, buttressed by the idea that they don’t have to sell. For Tampa Bay, the fact remains...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 hours ago

Who might the Tampa Bay Rays trade at the deadline?

The Tampa Bay Rays traded for Chris Archer in 2011. Might they trade him away five years later? (Photo Credit: Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports) It may seem like a lifetime ago, but the Tampa Bay Rays were projected, by PECOTA, just five months back to win the AL East with a 91-71 record. Yet here we are at the end of July, and Tampa Bay is nowhere near contention. In fact, the...
Via X-Rays Spex
6 hours ago

Everything Rays fans need to know about recent trade rumors

The Rays lost last night in Los Angeles. Meh. So instead of talking about that, let’s get caught up on all the trade rumors that are scurrying about. According to Marc Topkin, “at least 10 teams” are having ongoing discussions with the Rays about trading for one their starting pitchers. Topkin adds that all of their starting pitchers are drawing interest, although, obviously...
Via Rays Index
8 hours ago

Blake Snell living up to hype and expectations

Just as you would expect of a player ranked at the top of his team’s prospect list, Rays left-hander Blake Snell came to the big leagues this year awash in hype and great expectations. Some, including Rays manager Kevin Cash, thought too much, perhaps. It’s not that Cash considered Snell incapable of eventually pitching to […] The post Blake Snell living up to hype and expectations...
Via Today's Knuckleball
11 hours ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: O'Conner returns to diamond

Justin O'Conner highlights a number of Rays making rehab appearances in Florida A back injury prevented Justin O'Conner from playing until his Tuesday appearance in the Gulf Coast League, so it's not a totally lost season. Off the backfields of the GCL, Desmond Jennings, Brad Boxberger and Grayson Garvin all appeared for the Stone Crabs. Triple-A Durham Bulls (47-58) Daniel Robertson...
Via DRaysBay
12 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Five Rays Who Have Shined in 2016.

In a season that resembles the days of the Devil Rays, there are however five that have shinned brightly for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016. To say the least, this has not been a good year for the Tampa Bay Rays. They are buried in last place in the American League East and are […] Tampa Bay Rays: Five Rays Who Have Shined in 2016. - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 day ago

The New What Next: Rays vs Dodgers — a series preview

Who doesn’t wish this was a more consistent and common sight? (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Rays ready themselves for a two-game road set against Howie Kendrick — the Ray killer who boasts a 16-game hitting streak — and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Kendrick has owned Tampa Bay over 52 career games, batting .359 with four homers and 24 RBI. More impressive...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Do the Rays Have a Special Home-Run Problem?

Home runs are up! Okay, you’ve noticed that. But here’s a wrinkle: the Rays’ starters have been hit especially hard. Especially in the starting staff. Only the starters for Cincinnati, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh have suffered a greater increase in home runs per nine innings — and those staffs had more turnover. These Rays starters were supposed to be the club’s...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Wrap Up Road Trip against the Dodgers

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to win their first-ever game at Dodger Stadium when they open a two-game set on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The next two games for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Los Angeles Dodgers will conclude their nine-game, three-city road trip when they head into Dodger Stadium to […] Tampa Bay Rays Wrap Up Road Trip against the Dodgers - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 day ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Conger and Goebbert go back-to-back for Bulls

David Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in Bowling Green's win Here's a quick peek at where each Rays affiliate stands in their division races: AAA Durham Bulls: 46-58, 2nd in IL South, 1 GB AA Montgomery Biscuits: 18-12, 1st in SL North, 1.5 games ahead A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs: 16-13, 3rd in FSL South, 2 GB A Bowling Green Hot Rods: 18-12, 2nd in MWL East, 1.5 GB SS...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Rays rotation finally providing the quality most expected

Rays left-hander Blake Snell is about as soft-spoken as they come. He barely speaks above a whisper. Stand shoulder to shoulder to him and lean in and you’re still likely to miss a few words. Not that it matters all that much, because out on the pitcher’s mound, where it really matters, the top pitching […] The post Rays rotation finally providing the quality most expected...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Healy's HR caps 3-run 9th-inning rally, A's beat Rays 4-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ryon Healy was so focused on getting to second base the Athletics rookie didn't realize he had hit a game-ending home run until he looked up and saw third base coach Ron Washington celebrating. After that, the Oakland third baseman slowed up his trot to allow the players in the bullpen to join the fun. Healy homered with two outs in the ninth inning two batters...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly strong for 6 but Rays fall in walk-off fashion again to A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Ryon Healy hit a game-ending home run in the ninth inning two batters after Jake Smolinski tied it with a two-run homer, and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Saturday night. Both home runs came off Rays closer Alex Colome, who had recorded 21 consecutive saves before giving up three runs to the A's. Khris Davis opened the ninth...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

The Texas Rangers are combing the trade market for starters, and Jurickson Profar appears to be a name coming up frequently in talks. According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays are insisting on Profar in trade talks, with Texas refusing to blink. #Rangers/#Rays staring contest continues. Tampa Bay wants Profar in return for one of their arms; Texas saying no. ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Good chance Chris Archer ends up with Dodgers

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer is one of the more intriguing names on the trade market this month, and he may be inching closer to a new destination. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported that he has been told by an executive that the chances of Archer going to the Los Angeles Dodgers are high. Exec from team that's been talking with the Rays says he sees such a good fit...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How You’d Argue MVP Kevin Kiermaier If You Wanted To

Kevin Kiermaier is not going to be voted American League Most Valuable Player. I personally would not vote for Kevin Kiermaier as American League Most Valuable Player. He’ll be on zero radars, and that’s perfectly fine. Other players will be more deserving — I just want to quickly expand on something that came up during my chat last Friday. Let’s say you really really really...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays trade rumors: where should Jake Odorizzi go?

With the trade deadline approaching fast, teams that are out of the race like the Tampa Bay Rays have to decide quickly who they plan on trading and who they plan on keeping. One of the players that has been a hot topic on the rumor mill as of late is Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi makes sense for many teams. Not only is he a talented young arm, but he is under team control through the...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Archer reportedly not available unless overwhelming offer made

As the August 1 MLB trade deadline nears, we’ve heard ad infinitum that this is a sellers’ market taking shape before us this year. The Tampa Bay Rays are our latest proof of that much. According to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN on Sunday, Rays All-Star pitcher Chris Archer is not available for trade unless a totally overwhelming offer is made. Rays have told teams Chris...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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