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Rays concerned as visa issues delay Colome's arrival at spring training

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- With outfielder Boog Powell reporting to Tampa Bay Rays camp on Friday, right-hander Alex Colome is the only player missing from the 63 expected to take part in spring training. Visa issues have delayed Colome, 26, in his attempt to report to Charlotte Sports Park from his native Dominican Republic. Rays manager Kevin Cash said there's some concern about Colome...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Doug Waechter joins Sun Sports staff as Rays analyst

TAMPA, Fla. -- FOX's Sun Sports, the statewide television home of the Tampa Bay Rays, today announced Doug Waechter has joined its roster of Rays on-air talent for the 2015 season. Waechter will serve as an analyst on select Rays LIVE pre- and postgame shows throughout the season in his new role. A six-year Major League Baseball veteran, Waechter will provide in-depth pitching analysis...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Season Preview

As we work towards Opening Day, John Pielli will be previewing each team based on past performance, offseason moves, minor league system, and overall outlook for 2015. Today: the Tampa Bay Rays. The 2014 Tampa Bay Rays were 36-49 entering the month of July. They had their best month, going 17-6 in July when once again, the organization quit on them. The Rays traded their best pitcher...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Profile: Daniel Robertson

Daniel Robertson was once the future shortstop of the Oakland Athletics organization. He was their top prospect and heir apparent to their lacking middle infield. However, A’s general manager Billy Beane doesn’t always have the luxury of keeping all the players he’s brought up through the organization. He doesn’t even have the luxury of keeping his best players like All...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Equity In The MLB Draft

Recently, our very own Steve Benko penned an article discussing the mole hill-turned-mountain of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly tweeting his thoughts on 19-year-old Cuban Yoan Moncada receiving a $30 million contract while American players are bound by the whims of the MLB draft and the subsequent contract structure. This salvo by Smyly has the potential to open an entirely unsavory...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Cabrera preparing to play shortstop or second base

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Offseason acquisition Asdrubal Cabrera is eager to help the Tampa Bay Rays anyway he can, whether it's at shortstop or second base. The two-time AL All-Star just hopes his new team doesn't decide it needs him to shuttle back and forth between both positions in search of a middle infield combination. ''I would love to stay at one position. I think it's hard...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

American League East Preview- #5 Tampa Bay Rays

photo: It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. The weather is supposed to start warming up. An illness known as March Madness is about to start claiming many basketball fans around the nation. Most importantly, Spring Training has officially gotten underway for Major League Baseball. Soon we will be spending our hard earned money to hear...
Via DC Sports-Kings
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Balfour preparing to rebound from disappointing season

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) The only way Grant Balfour knows how to leave one season behind and begin preparing for another is by having a short memory. The veteran relief pitcher's return to the Tampa Bay Rays didn't go as well as expected in 2014, however he's confident he can regain the consistency that made him one of the most effective closers in the American League over the...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays stadium update

The Rays future is uncertain in the Tampa Bay area. Spring Training has finally begun for the Tampa Bay Rays but the main storyline behind the organization has nothing to do with their personnel on the field. In fact, it involves their quest for a new stadium. The lease on the Rays current stadium, Tropicana Field, does not expire until the 2027 season. With that said, the organization...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Drew Smyly’s Frustration with Yoan Moncada’s Contract Justified?

Yoan Moncada is a 19-year-old Cuban prospect who just signed a $30 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly was not happy about the Yoan Moncada deal. Smyly took to twitter to voice his opinion on the contract. It’s not right that a Cuban 19yr old gets paid 30m and the best 19yr old in the entire USA gets prob 1/6th of …
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #45: Evan Longoria | 3B | TB

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Longoria ranked 49th overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 45 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). Evan Longoria is the definition of frustrating inconsistency. He’s played seven MLB seasons now and hasn’t turned in back-to-back...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays reliever sounds off on Yoan Moncada deal

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with 19-year-old infielder Yoan Moncada, and the Cuban baseball player is set to receive a $31.5 million signing bonus to join their organization. However, $31.5 million seems like a lot of money for a player who has never played in a game at the Major League level. Tampa Bay Rays reliever Drew Smyly echoed those sentiments on Twitter...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cobb begins spring training as elder statesman of Rays rotation

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At age 27, he says being tagged as the veteran of his rotation feels weird, but he better become used to becoming considered the sage voice. Old enough to be seasoned, yet young enough to smash ceilings, Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb stands on a bridge between gains made and discoveries to come. Weird? Wacky? Way out there? Whatever it is, this is...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best Rotation: AL East

Marcus Stroman is projected to be the best AL East starter in 2015 with a 3.5 fWAR. Now that every single MLB team’s Pitcher and Catchers have arrived at their respective Spring Training facilities in Florida and Arizona, the fun begins for baseball writers. Time to examine every aspect of teams as they begin the journey to Opening Day. I attempt to answer, who has the best projected...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Revamped Rays expect to contend for playoff berth again

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have a new look and the same old plan for success. Pitching and defense propelled the budget-minded club during a stretch of six consecutive winning seasons that produced four playoff berths, two AL East championships and one trip to the World Series. And president of baseball operations Matt Silverman sees no reason why the Rays can...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kim DeJesus Runs 20 yards Sprints In A Bikini For Instagram

The wife of David DeJesus, a Tampa Rays outfielder who has bounced from team to team over 12 seasons including a stint with the Cubs, posted this sexy video to Instagram. Kim, well known Internet hottie from Wheaton, Illinois, loves to share photos/videos on Instagram showing off her amazing body and heartbreaking good looks. This video is no exception. The only thing we are having...
Via Sports Mockery
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Tampa Bay Rays

We talk about “lost seasons” all the time in sports, but 2014 truly was a lost, franchise-altering season for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay got off to a horrid start in 2014, and were 31-48 on June 24th. Then, they caught fire, going on a 22-6 run to close within one game of .500…and then they traded David Price to the Tigers, struggled down the stretch, and had an offseason...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

After offseason of change, Rays eager to get spring training under way

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- They emerged from a tunnel at Tropicana Field in shorts and T-shirts for relaxed drills, the waning hours of an offseason unlike any other in recent memory about to reach a spring resolution. Before the Tampa Bay Rays begin their first spring training under manager Kevin Cash, before they begin a new era after the departures of Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman...
Via Fox Sports Florida
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #70: Jake McGee | RP | TB

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! Jake McGee was one of the league’s best relievers last year and finally emerged as the Rays closer around mid-June. It seemed as though ever since 2012 he was being groomed as a closer...
Via Baseball Professor
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #78: Alex Cobb | SP | TB

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! In three MLB seasons, Alex Cobb hasn’t topped 166.1 IP or 149 K in a single year. Last season was probably his best fantasy season, yet he still ranked 37th among starting pitchers...
Via Baseball Professor
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rays’ Kind of Fastball

A couple weeks ago, the Rays signed Everett Teaford to a minor-league contract. Even if you noticed it, you forgot it, because people tend to forget all these minor-league acquisitions, and if you remember Teaford for anything, it’s not for being good. After being not good for the Royals, Teaford spent last year in Korea, […]
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

O’Connor could be the Tampa Bay Rays future

Justin O’Connor could call Tropicana Field home one day if he lives up to his potential. Late January is usually a dead period in the baseball world. From what it looks like, the Tampa Bay Rays are done with all of their major offseason acquisitions as pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in a couple of weeks. One of the catchers that will be reporting to Port...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Fallout from the Zobrist Trade

John Jaso will be a key addition to the Rays lineup in 2015. The Tampa Bay Rays made news once again as they traded second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Oakland A’s for catcher John Jaso, minor league shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell. Zobrist is a two-time All-Star and will be a free agent after the 2015 season. He is set make $7.5...
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

After an offseason that has seen him purge the Oakland Athletics of their Major League talent, general manager Billy Beane has apparently pulled off a rather big trade. According to multiple media reports, Oakland has acquired All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for John Jaso and two minor league players. This move fills a ton of...
Via Sportsnaut
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A Ben Zobrist trade now appears inevitable

A Ben Zobrist trade has always been likely at some point this season, but it was always a question of when it would happen. Well, that’s not a question anymore with the news that Tampa Bay has signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. That’s too many starting caliber middle infielders for the Rays now, so one of them has to go. That one is going to be Ben Zobrist and it is going to...
Via The Outside Corner
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

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