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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana by Matt Collins

Which of these power bats is a better fantasy bet this year?
Via Baseball Prospectus
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays' McGee takes a step forward in recovery from elbow surgery

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee took a step forward in his recovery from arthroscopic elbow surgery Monday. McGee played catch for the first time since the Dec. 12 procedure to remove a loose body in his left elbow. The development took place at Tropicana Field. He's expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but McGee has targeted a possible mid-April return. McGee, who...
Via Fox Sports Florida
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Jose Dominguez

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MiLB (AAA) 31 33.1 25.8% 11.9% 3.24 3.73 n/a n/a MLB 5 6.1 26.7% 10.0% 11.37 6.61 4.06 -0.1 What happened in 2014: Went to Australia, struggled in limited time, stayed in Triple-A most of the season. As a once-promising relief prospect, Jose Dominguez has struggled to stay healthy in his first two MLB seasons, which essentially took him out of the Dodgers’...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Manfred Look At Expansion When He Takes Over As Commish?

The time has come. Rob Manfred is finally taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. The Bud Selig era that began in 1992 is coming to an end. So what is one of Manfred’s priorities now that he is the king of the palace? You would have to think that expansion is one idea he might be willing consider and Montreal fans will be looking closely at what he might do in that...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays Elite Rotation?

The big news of the past week has been the Max Scherzer signing in the nation’s capitol. The Washington Nationals may have put together the best rotation that we have seen in a long time. Their numbers are astonishing. If Scherzer progresses like most American League pitchers do when the head to the Senior Circuit, this team could easily surpass 100 wins. So we know who the best...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays newcomer spotlight: Reliever Kevin Jepsen

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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Franklin vs. Marcus Semien by Craig Goldstein

The Ray takes on the A.
Via Baseball Prospectus
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tommy Lawrence Keeps Working To Silence Critics

Tommy Lawrence, now a Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher, during his time with the University of Maine Black Bears in 2013. When his first grade teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Tommy Lawrence said he was going to be a professional baseball player. Her reply, “You’ll never make it.” Though nearly all teachers encourage...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via Bloguin Best
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Sign Erik Bedard, Who Used To Be A Guy

I have no intention of writing up every single non-roster invite that the Dodgers hand out, but when it’s a fun name like Erik Bedard, who per Ken Gurnick has agreed to a minor league contract, it’s probably worth a quick look. Bedard, 36 in March, was once one of the top starters in the American League, putting up a fantastic run between 2005-07 for the Orioles, culminating...
Via Dodgers Digest
8 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Would a Matt Joyce contract extension make sense?

Matt Joyce hasn’t played a game for the Angels yet. Heck, he doesn’t even officially have a uniform number yet. Despite that, the Angels need think long and hard about giving Matt Joyce a contract extension. What? A 30-year old, platoon bat? How does a Matt Joyce contract extension make any sense? It actually isn’t that an extension make sense so much as the Halos don...
Via Monkey with a Halo
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the Tampa Bay Rays’ top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Willy Adames SS: Adames was originally signed by the Detriot Tigers as an international...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Machado And Moore On The Mend

Two of the AL East’s brightest stars are on the mend. Baseball fans, especially of the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, were deprived of two of the best and most promising stars for most of last season. Now it appears that they are both aiming to be ready for most of the 2015 season. Manny Machado, the superstar-in-the-making third baseman of the Baltimore Orioles, has been...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays newcomer spotlight: Catcher Rene Rivera

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 executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon. There has been Matt Silverman's move from team president to president of baseball operations. There has been Kevin Cash's...
Via Fox Sports Florida
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays banking on big returns from prospects gained in recent trades

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Silverman has remade the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason in ways almost no one expected. Change is a reality of winter life within each franchise, from Seattle to Miami and all points in between, but there's a young and different feel to how the new president of baseball operations has conducted business. Silverman has gone far beyond making minor adjustments...
Via Fox Sports Florida
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays LHP Matt Moore to throw off mound soon as part of Tommy John rehab

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore will return to throwing from a mound soon. On Wednesday morning, Moore said he has thrown periodically throughout the past three months. So far, his throwing work has been completed on flat ground, with his distance capped at 110 feet. But he said he has plans to return...
Via Fox Sports Florida
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #133: Drew Smyly | SP | TB

Drew Smyly had the honor of being the first player that I wrote about when I joined Baseball Professor back in 2013 and he remains a fascinating topic as 2014 was a very interesting year for Smyly involving many different storylines, including whether or not he would pitch out of the bullpen again, what team would he play for, and what pitches would he throw. Ultimately, Smyly...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest scheduled for Feb. 21

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking are free. Fan Fest will feature a number of activities for kids, including "Reading with the Rays" presented with Tampa Bay Times Newspaper In Education, new interactive zones, photos with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty...
Via Fox Sports Florida
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #134: Chris Archer | SP | TB

After a very successful 2013 in which Archer had a tidy 3.22 ERA and an even more impressive 1.13 WHIP — albeit over just 128 IP – he landed a contract that will keep his family set for life. Some people (certainly the Rays) were hopeful, if not expecting, that Archer was just getting started and would take his game to yet another level. The only sticking point was that Archer’s...
Via Baseball Professor
14 days ago  |  Discuss

While trading Zobrist not a pleasant decision, Rays stick to formula

As the Tampa Bay Rays' offseason of change continues, Ben Zobrist's trade reveals how some aspects of life for the franchise remain the same out of necessity. More than five months ago, ace left-hander David Price was dealt to the Detroit Tigers in a blockbuster three-team deal that ended months of rumors, speculation and best guesses about the future of the 2012 American League...
Via Fox Sports Florida
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Allan Dykstra Could Surprise For Rays This Season

In every organization, there are players that fly under the radar despite consistently producing at a high level in the minor leagues. Once these players reach minor league free agency, they are finally given a chance to replicate their minor league success in bigs. Last year, utility man Yangervis Solarte broke camp as the Yankees starting third baseman and was eventually dealt...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Archer’s Innings, Boston’s Backstops, much more

Chris Archer‘s attitude toward stats is a mix of new-school and old-school. The 26-year-old righty realizes pitcher Wins and ERA are influenced by things he can’t control. The number he cares most about, from a personal perspective, is innings pitched. Archer threw 194-and-two-third innings for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014. He did so effectively, […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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