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Report: Rays considering reliever Tyler Clippard

At a time when teams are putting a huge emphasis on quality bullpen arms, the best from the 2015 free agent class is still unsigned -- righty Tyler Clippard.The 30-year-old has been a consistent performer across his nine-year career, owning a 2.88 ERA across 489 appearances. In 2015, he pitched for Oakland A's before being flipped to the New York Mets at the trade deadline. As a...
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3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Drew Smyly wins in arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.The three-person panel decided Thursday in Smyly's favor.The 26-year-old lefty asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.Smyly was 5...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly beats Rays in season's first arbitration hearing

PHOENIX -- Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.The three-person panel decided Thursday in Smyly's favor.The 26-year-old lefty asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.Smyly was 5-2 with...
Via AP on Fox
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Rays' Smyly wins 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

PHOENIX (AP) Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year. The three-person panel decided Thursday in Smyly's favor. The 26-year-old lefty asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million. Smyly...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maybe the Rays shouldn’t trade Desmond Jennings

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays made some noise when they acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rockies in exchange for reliever Jake McGee. Granted most of that noise were people asking out loud what in the world Colorado was thinking, but the Rays did a nice job adding a solid average regular to their outfield. However, the club already had three outfielders one could claim...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maybe the Rays shouldn’t trade Desmond Jennings

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays made some noise when they acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rockies in exchange for reliever Jake McGee. Granted most of that noise were people asking out loud what in the world Colorado was thinking, but the Rays did a nice job adding a solid average regular to their outfield. However, the club already had three outfielders one could claim...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB's qualifying-offer system is stacked against low-revenue clubs

The qualifying-offer system doesn't only screw certain free agents. It also screws certain teams.The Rays should sign shortstop Ian Desmond. The Indians should sign outfielder Dexter Fowler. But neither move likely will occur, in part because neither low-revenue team is comfortable sacrificing its first-round draft pick and accompanying bonus-pool money.The Rays, choosing 13th, and...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly and Tampa Bay Rays argue 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

PHOENIX — Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays argued baseball's first salary arbitration case this year on Wednesday.The 26-year-old left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.A decision is expected on Thursday.Smyly was 5-2 with...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays, Drew Smyly argue first arbitration case of year

PHOENIX (AP) -- Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.The 26-year-old left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.A decision is expected on Thursday.Smyly was 5-2 with a 3...
Via AP on Fox
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Smyly and Rays argue 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

PHOENIX (AP) Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case this year. The 26-year-old left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million. A decision is expected on Thursday. Smyly was 5-2 with...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Tampa Bay Rays be contenders in the AL East?

The Tampa Bay Rays franchise has never been about “the chase” so many big market MLB teams are. They have always thrived off gaining second-tier players that are maybe pushing towards their final years in the Bigs (looking for a good retirement community, perhaps), or solid players that simply can be obtained for a lower price. Regardless, the Rays have a history of acquiring...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Classic Threads: Tampa Bay Rays

Classic Threads looks at the Tampa Bay Rays Chris Covatta / Getty Images Even though the Tampa Bay Rays have not been in the league for twenty years yet, it feels like they have. Through the years, this has been a team more associated with ugly uniform styles and even a name change. Let’s put a positive spin on the Rays jersey history.
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing the transactions by the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday

Despite being less than one month away from pitchers and catchers reporting, the Tampa Bay Rays remain busy. On Thursday, Tampa Bay made two significant moves. First, they signed 1B/OF Steve Pearce to a 1-year deal worth a base salary of $4.75 million. He can also earn another $1.5 million in incentive bonuses. Secondly, the Rays traded away relief pitcher Jake McGee for OF Corey...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays get OF Dickerson from Rockies for reliever McGee

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Colorado's crowded outfield just wasn't big enough for Corey Dickerson. The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Dickerson from the Rockies for left-handed reliever Jake McGee in a trade Thursday that also sent a minor leaguer to each team. The Rays got third baseman Kevin Padlo and Colorado got right-hander German Marquez. Colorado had an abundance of left-handed...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the Rays Lineup After the Acquisition of Corey Dickerson

With the reported deal that has former Colorado Rockies outfielder, Corey Dickerson heading to the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa has finally added that spark in their lineup that can complement third baseman, Evan Longoria and perhaps take some weight off his shoulders. Colorado, in return for Dickerson, will receive reliever, Jake McGee ,along with a minor league pitcher. This may cause a...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Source: Rays acquire OF Dickerson from Rockies for P McGee

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to acquire outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies for left-handed reliever Jake McGee.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced. Prospects also are involved in the deal.Dickerson was deemed expendable...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Rays agree to get Dickerson from Rox for McGee

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to acquire outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies for left-handed reliever Jake McGee. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced. Prospects also are involved in the deal. Dickerson was deemed...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Chris Archer buys coffee for fans at local coffee shop

Rays fans in St. Petersburg got a nice surprise when they showed up for their morning coffee Wednesday. For half an hour, Tampa Bay starter and 2015 All-Star Chris Archer, paid for the coffee of 50 customers at Kahwa Coffee. Need coffee this morning? @ChrisArcher42 is treating #Rays fans until 9 at Kahwa in #DTSP. #CoffeeOnChris pic.twitter.com/EvPud1eavP — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays sign Jaff Decker to minor league deal

Outfielder Jaff Decker has signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 25-year-old Decker saw 28 at-bats at the big league level last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting .214./.372/.321 with eight runs scored. Much of last season Decker was stashed at Triple-A by the Pirateswhere he hit .266/.370/.362 with three homers and 18 steals. The Rays could use Decker...
Via Tireball.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay’s Opportunity to Trade Longoria is Closing Quickly

Irrelevant preface: this is an exceptionally difficult article for me to write. My emotional investment in Tampa Bay Rays baseball over the years has precipitated elation as much as heartbreak, satisfaction as much as disappointment. It’s worth every single unpredictable moment. Amidst the flurry of changes from the front office to player personnel and everything […]
Via Baseball Essential
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Reach agreement with Steve Pearce on one-year deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an free agent Steve Pearce on a one-year deal. The deal is pending a physical. Pearce spent the past two season with the Baltimore Orioles and has hit 36 homers in 632 at-bats in that time. In 2014 Pearce had a career year when he hit .293/.373/.556, 157 OPS+, 26 2B, 21 HR in 383 plate appearances. Those number came back significantly in 2015...
Via Baseball News Source
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays add Steve Pearce on one-year deal

The Rays have signed Steve Pearce to a one-year contract for the 2016 season. Pearce, 32, had been seeking a multi-year deal as a free agent but could find no suitors. Instead he signs on with the Rays – a team which should use his versatility. Last year he saw time at first base and both corner outfield spots. After a strong 2014 season, Pearce struggled last year hitting just...
Via Tireball.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays sign pair of left-handed pitchers to minor league deals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Left-handed pitchers Justin Marks and Adam Wilk have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays. The team said Tuesday that both players also received invitations to major league spring training. Marks spent last season with Triple-A Reno. The 28-year-old has spent part of seven minor league seasons with four other big league organizations...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Major Questions for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016

When will Blake Snell Join the Tampa Bay Rays? We are about six weeks away from when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. But really for Tampa Bay Rays fans that will mark the Blake Snell watch. The hot stove has been ripe with rumors of the next pitching domino to fall for the […]
Via Baseball Essential
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays avoid arbitration with all players but Drew Smyly

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to one-year contracts with four of their five remaining arbitration-eligible players, leaving left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly as the only one who didn't reach terms.Smyly went 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA last season, when injuries limited him to 12 starts."It's disappointing when we don't reach an agreement before the filing date, but...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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