Rays' will to win overcomes any obstacle in their path

They are doing it without manager Joe Maddon, without general manager Andrew Friedman, without super-utility man Ben Zobrist. They are doing it without injured pitchers Alex Cobb, Matt Moore and Drew Smyly, not to mention injured hitters John Jaso, James Loney and Desmond Jennings. And heaven knows, seeing as how these are the Tampa Bay Rays, baseball’s little brothers of the poor...
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Blue Jays, Indians both hit leadoff HRs in 1st inning

CLEVELAND (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians both had leadoff home runs in the first inning Friday night. Toronto's Josh Donaldson homered on the second pitch of the game from Carlos Carrasco while Jason Kipnis hit Mark Buehrle's sixth pitch for a home run. The feat was last accomplished last May 14 when Gordon Beckham of the Chicago White Sox and Oakland's John Jaso...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Assessing the Tampa Bay Rays After Baseball’s Opening Month

Even the most optimistic of preseason conjecture wouldn’t have anticipated a seamless start to the season for the revamped and injury-riddled Tampa Bay Rays. But after a month of action — give or take a few days — the Rays have defied the odds in remarkable fashion, winning 12 of their first 22 games, and sitting just a game out of first place in the extremely competitive American...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: April 27, 2015

Photo Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America Welcome to the’s nightly fantasy baseball recap, where you’ll find updates on bullpen usage, lineup construction, injuries, and transactions. Whether you play season-long or daily fantasy, expect to see the best coverage from ever team, every night, all season long. It was a busy night in baseball that saw...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Stephen Vogt Picking Up Where He Left Off

Last season, Derek Norris and John Jaso took the bulk of the catching starts for Oakland, starting 140 of Oakland’s games at behind the plate. The duo performed well for the A’s and the 126 wRC+ by Oakland catchers ranked third in Major League Baseball behind only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. As the […]
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: One Down, 161 to Go

Man, is there a lot of stuff to talk about! The first day of the 2015 MLB season was jam-packed with surprises, so let’s run down the list of the day’s most notable outcomes and performances and try to decipher what it means. The Rule of Three Ryan Braun (side soreness), Yordano Ventura (thumb cramp), and John Jaso (wrist contusion) all left their respective games early. Ventura’s...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO 2015 Season Preview: American League West

Texas Rangers – 5th Place Key additions: Yovani Gallardo Key subtractions: Alex Rios, Jason Frasor and sort of Yu Darvish In what I expect to be the best division in the American League, I can’t find a reason to give Texas anything higher than 4th place. Since I think Houston will be young and fun enough to watch, I’ll peg Texas here. Texas won’t be as bad as they were...
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April 03, 2015  |  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...
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March 09, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Six Middle of the Grid AL Moves that Could Play Big in 2015 MLB Foundation As I wrote in the National League installment of this subject, there are no secret moves or below the radar player pick-ups in Major League Baseball any more. The media swarm is such that if the fifth starter in Double A Flushbucket, Louisiana throws a no-hitter we’re all going to know about it. So while there are no player pick-up secrets in the...
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January 23, 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...
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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...
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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 reported that the A’s will receive...
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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...
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January 11, 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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Looking to Trade Left-Handed Bat

After acquiring both Billy Butler and Ike Davis earlier this offseason, there is talk out of Oakland that the Athletics may trade one of their large number of left-handed bats at some point soon (via SF Gate). Oakland dealt its best right-handed bat Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox back in July. And with all due respect to Jonny Gomes that left a huge void in the lineup from...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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