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Via Fox Sports Florida
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longoria eyes "bounce-back" year with revamped Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Evan Longoria trusts the Tampa Bay Rays to get it right, so he has no complaints about the club's winter makeover. Not that the star third baseman was happy to see the franchise lose manager Joe Maddon and front office executive Andrew Friedman within a 10-day span of October, then watch their successors spend much of the next three months revamping the...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays reliever Belisario fractures shoulder, out indefinitely

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Ronald Belisario has fractured his non-throwing shoulder in a swimming pool accident and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. The team said Saturday that Belisario will be sidelined indefinitely. The Rays right-hander injured his left shoulder getting out of a pool in Venezuela last month. Belisario will...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fielding questions: Positions up for grabs for Rays' cadre of middle infielders

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Their situation remains unsettled, the moving parts a blur, the possibilities for how their roles will shake out now standing as their team's largest mystery. They're ready for this race to begin. The Tampa Bay Rays own few position questions to start spring training, but the one about where Asdrubal Cabrera, Logan Forsythe, Nick Franklin and possibly Tim...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Honor Don Zimmer

For the first time since Harry Truman was in the White House, Don Zimmer isn’t spending Spring Training in uniform. The longtime player, coach, manager and, arguably, one of the more recognizable faces of the New York Yankees franchise during their historic run in the late-90s died last June after spending 66 years in baseball. Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays honored their former...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays reliever Belisario not expected to be ready for start of season

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Reliever Ronald Belisario, a non-roster invitee to Tampa Bay Rays camp, sustained a fracture of his left shoulder about a month ago while getting out of a swimming pool at his home in Venezuela. The reliever isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season. Belisario, 32, was seen with a sling on his left shoulder in the Rays clubhouse on Saturday at...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays name pathway Don Zimmer Way at spring-training facility

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Matt Silverman stood under a signpost and shared words of remembrance for Don Zimmer in honor of the revered baseball mentor.  "One of the great baseball men, and someone who left his mark on our organization, on this complex, on this county and our entire region," Silverman, the Tampa Bay Rays' president of baseball operations, said Saturday to a group...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Catcher Rene Rivera offers Rays hope at position of need

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Hope for a position that has flummoxed the Tampa Bay Rays in recent years comes in the form of a mild-mannered 31-year-old Puerto Rican, his back straight and chest out while standing near his stall at Charlotte Sports Park, this man a presence who doesn't promise the world but guarantees full effort. "You work hard for having this opportunity," catcher Rene...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days 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
2 days 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

'Inside the Rays: Offseason Special' premieres Feb. 26 on Sun Sports

TAMPA, Fla. --  On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Sun Sports, the statewide television home of the Rays, will premiere a brand new episode of the "Inside the Rays: Offseason Special" series. Hosted by Sun Sports Rays host / in-game reporter Todd Kalas, the episode begins by setting the spotlight on the start of a new year in the Rays clubhouse as the focus turns to Spring Training...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days 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
3 days 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
3 days 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

American League East Preview- #5 Tampa Bay Rays

photo: nicholasrwhenning.blogspot.com 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
4 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
5 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...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Smyly elaborates on tweet regarding Moncada's $31.5M deal

After Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada agreed to a reported $31.5 million signing bonus with the Boston Red Sox on Monday, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly saw a discrepancy and took to Twitter to express his view. Smyly, in the hours after the news broke, tweeted his thoughts on what he feels is a difference in how young prospects are paid, the amount of money dependent on where...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Q&A: Reliever Kevin Jepsen

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- One by one, they arrive to redefine the Tampa Bay Rays. The past offseason included change upon change. It happened on the field. It happened in the front office. Right-hander Chris Archer joked that the Rays will need name tags in spring training. The team has a different feel. The change, though, presents opportunity. What does it mean for the new faces...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 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 … http://t.co/7aAZCwgm2t...
Via Baseball Essential
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Cabrera would prefer to play one position, but will it be SS or 2B?

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- There are few position questions going into the Tampa Bay Rays' spring work, but infielder Asdrubal Cabrera's spot remains a question. Cabrera, 29, appeared at Charlotte Sports Park on Monday, five days before the team's first full-squad workout, and he fielded ground balls at shortstop and second base as he began the process of finding his fit. "I don't know...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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