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Gibson strikes out 7 Rays in Twins' 2-1 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Gibson struck seven in six strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gibson mixed in his slider and placed new emphasis on his changeup in striking out Rays slugger Evan Longoria three times and leadoff man John Jaso twice. "I think it's a pitch just to throw into the arsenal," Gibson said of his changeup...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rivera blasts solo homer as Rays down Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Gibson struck seven in six strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gibson mixed in his slider and placed new emphasis on his changeup in striking out Rays slugger Evan Longoria three times and leadoff man John Jaso twice. The right-hander had just 107 strikeouts in 179 1-3 innings last season, his first...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gibson strikes out 7 in Twins' loss to Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Kyle Gibson struck seven in six strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gibson mixed in his slider and placed new emphasis on his changeup in striking out Rays slugger Evan Longoria three times and leadoff man John Jaso twice. The right-hander had just 107 strikeouts in 179 1-3 innings last season, his first...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Off The Beaten (Base)Path — Hitter’s Edition

View image | gettyimages.com I don’t even know what a ‘Sleeper’ is any more. I do know that it’s an overused term in our game and one that’s really hard to define. With so many different league sizes and scoring formats, it’s hard to classify any player as an under the radar ‘sleeper’. Mixed league, AL/NL only, 10-team 5×5, 20-team 6×6, points leagues…on and...
Via The Fantasy Fix
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Oakland Athletics Team Preview

Photo credit: Nikole Harlan Offseason Overview The Oakland Athletics went all-in in their efforts to try to reach the World Series last year but ultimately came up short as they lost the AL wildcard game to the Kansas City Royals. General manager Billy Beane made a plethora of deals in the offseason that have left the A’s looking like a completely different squad from the team...
Via The Fantasy Fix
22 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Catcher Sleepers for 2015 Fantasy Baseball

We’ve added new features to our 2015 Draft Pack, including the ability to remove keepers and drafted players to recalculate dollar values! Get access to all product updates, plus our best-in-class customer service, and we offer a 100% money back guarantee! Our Top 200 Countdown is winding down, and every year at this time I feel like giving one of those graduation speeches...
Via Baseball Professor
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

While losses of their GM and manager dominated headlines, the Rays did some lineuo retooling during the offseason. They won't score many runs, but their rotation has some interesting (and possibly underrated) names. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions...
Via Fox Sports
February 10, 2015  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays newcomer spotlight: Catcher/DH John Jaso

Soon, winter will give way to spring. Soon, the Tampa Bay Rays will begin again as something new. Their offseason has been full of change. There have been the departures of Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon. There has been Matt Silverman's move from team president to president of baseball operations. There has been Kevin Cash's hire as manager. There have been transactions that sent...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cobb, McGee among eight arbitration-eligible Rays players to come to terms

The Tampa Bay Rays settled contracts for the upcoming season with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players Friday. Right-hander Alex Cobb will receive $4 million, reliever Jake McGee $3.55 million plus incentives, catcher/designated hitter John Jaso $3.175 million, outfielder Desmond Jennings $3.1 million plus incentives, reliever Kevin Jepsen $3.025 million, catcher Rene...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays reach deals with eight arbitration-eligible players

The Tampa Bay Rays settled contracts for the upcoming season with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players Friday. Right-hander Alex Cobb will receive $4 million, reliever Jake McGee $3.55 million plus incentives, catcher/designated hitter John Jaso $3.175 million, outfielder Desmond Jennings $3.1 million plus incentives, reliever Kevin Jepsen $3.025 million, catcher Rene...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays reach agreements with eight arbitration-eligible players

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement on one-year contracts with all eight of their players in salaru arbitration, including starting pitchers Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly, relievers Kevin Jepsen and Jake McGee and centerfielder Desmond Jennings. Catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Logan Forsythe and designated hitter/catcher John Jaso also agreed to deals Friday...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar From Athletics

According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, the Nationals have acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics. This is the second time Escobar has been traded in the past several days. On Saturday, the 32 year old shortstop was traded from the Rays to Oakland in exchange for catcher John Jaso and two prospects. William Ladson of MLB.com reported that the A’s will receive...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies should be able to find a taker for Ryan Howard

The start of spring training is a little more than a month away. The clock is ticking for the Phillies to trade first baseman Ryan Howard, a task that should not be as difficult as it has proven to be. Yet another potential destination for Howard vanished Saturday when the Rays acquired John Jaso from the A’s. Jaso likely will get significant at-bats as a left-handed DH, the role...
Via Fox Sports
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: 01/10/15 Moves and News

Oakland Athletics: The A’s acquired 2B Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar from the Rays, in exchange for catcher/DH John Jaso, shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson, and outfield prospect Boog Powell. Zobrist, 33, played at second base, left field, shortstop, right field and center field last season, hitting for a .272 average with 10 homers and 52 RBI’s. Escobar, 32, hit...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

After Trades, Franklin Barreto is A’s Future Shortstop

Billy Beane and company pulled off a major trade Saturday morning acquiring super-utility man Ben Zoberist and SS Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays. For Zobrist and Escobar, the A’s gave up two of their best prospects in SS Daniel Robertson and OF Boog Powell, along with big league catcher John Jaso. That means that in less than 6 months, Beane has traded away two of the...
Via Baseball Essential
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s finally upgrade their infield with Zobrist and Escobar

The Oakland A’s finally made a move that made fans, current A’s players, and critics happy. The Athletics traded catcher John Jaso, number one prospect Daniel Robertson, and minor league outfielder Boog Powell to the Tampa Bay Rays in return for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar. The A’s have  been making some less than ideal moves for the majority of this offseason, but this...
Via isportsweb.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: Oakland A’s acquire Escobar, Zobrist from Rays

The Oakland Athletics are trading catcher John Jaso, top-shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson, and outfield prospect Boog Powell to the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for second-baseman Ben Zobrist, and shortstop Yunel Escobar. ben zobrist and yunel escobar both being traded to a’s. @susanslusser 1st in. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 10, 2015 Oakland will now have...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays Shed Money, A’s Upgrade Middle Infield

Reports from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle have the Oakland Athletics acquiring middle infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in exchange for C/DH John Jaso and minor leaguers Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.  For the A’s it an upgrade up the middle with Escobar and Zobrist.  For the Rays it is a pairing of payroll that will save them $11.5 million or so depending...
Via Baseball News Source
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar From Tampa Bay Rays

OAKLAND, Calif.– The busy Oakland Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers. The teams announced the trade Saturday. Tampa Bay also got infielder Daniel Robertson, outfielder Boog Powell and cash in the trade. The 33-year-old Zobrist is a two-time All-Star. He hit .272 with 10 home runs...
Via NESN.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A's get Zobrist, Escobar from Rays for Jaso, minor leaguers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The busy Oakland Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers. The teams announced the trade Saturday. Tampa Bay also got infielder Daniel Robertson, outfielder Boog Powell and cash in the trade. The 33-year-old Zobrist is a two-time All-Star. He hit .272 with 10 home runs...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Acquire Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar

According to ESPN’s Keith Law, the Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and a pair of minor league players. The Rays also received top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell, according a source. Zobrist along with Escobar were mentioned often as possible targets for...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar, and why Mets stand pat with Wilmer Flores

The Oakland A’s are close to acquiring utility man Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and prospects Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Meanwhile, the Mets stand pat with Wilmer Flores as the club’s leading candidate to start at shortstop on Opening Day. Though, If the club was looking to add a shortstop...
Via Around Citi
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays Trade Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to Athletics

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to trade Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Oakland Athletics. The Rays signing Asdrubal Cabrera allowed them to make this deal. Oakland will send John Jaso and prospect SS Daniel Robertson to Tampa Bay. Tampa also traded Wil Myers earlier this Winter to the San Diego Padres and got Steven Souza and Rene Rivera in return. Is anyone in...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Breaking down the 2015 catching platoon

John Jaso The Oakland A’s seem most comfortable when they have three catchers in their dugout. Even though the Athletics started out with only John Jaso and Derek Norris behind the plate last season, they recalled catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A by the time the All-Star game rolled around. Then, in late August, the A’s acquired Geovany Soto from the Texas Rangers since Jaso...
Via isportsweb.com
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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