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Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay to add a couple prospects to 40-man roster

The Tampa Bay Rays head into the off season coming off a 77-85 record in the 2014 season. An offense that was 27th in the Major Leagues in runs scored was a major contributor to their fourth place finish in the American League East.  Looking to improve over the winter, the first step that is expected is the addition of a few top prospects to the 40-man roster. blisschan via Wikimedia...
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Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria Was Worried About Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard After Hit By Vontae Davis

If you live in the Indianapolis or Cincinnati areas you might have heard a loud "ooohhh!" or maybe "daammnnn!" around the time the Colts-Bengals game was on. Why you ask? Because Colts defensive back Vontae David laid a hit on Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard that was so hard (and completely legal) that his unborn grandchildren felt the pain.It was pretty...
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Playing for Keeps: Wil Myers

The Royals are in the World Series, and it's going to be mentioned at some point that the organization moved a big prospect in Wil Myers to acquire two of the pieces that brought them so much success this year. Last season, it looked like the Rays were going to be the ones that ran away with the trade. Myers won Rookie of the Year. He hit .293/.354/.478 with 13 homers and drove...
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Rays promote Chaim Bloom, Erik Neander to vice presidents

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to vice presidents of baseball operations Friday. They will assist new president of baseball operations Matt Silverman in all aspects of the department. Silverman replaced Andrew Friedman, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers this week as the president of baseball operations. Bloom joined the Rays...
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Rays promote Bloom, Neander to vice presidents

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to vice presidents of baseball operations Friday. They will assist new president of baseball operations Matt Silverman in all aspects of the department. Silverman replaced Andrew Friedman, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers this week as the president of baseball operations. Bloom joined the Rays in...
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Rays promote Chaim Bloom, Erik Neander to vice presidents

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to vice presidents of baseball operations Friday. They will assist new president of baseball operations Matt Silverman in all aspects of the department. Silverman replaced Andrew Friedman, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers this week as the president of baseball operations. Bloom joined the Rays...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Sign Michael Kohn

The Tampa Bay Rays have filled out their 40-man roster by inking right handed relief pitcher, Michael Kohn to a major league contract, the team announced Thursday. Kohn, 28, elected free agency in September after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated him for assignment. The move came as a surprise to many as he was coming off of a very productive 2013 season and in the midst...
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Q&A: Jim Hickey, Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Coach

Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey is looking forward to next year. He should be. Erstwhile “ace” – a term Hickey hates, BTW – David Price is no longer part of the equation, but an enviable array of pitchers are. Better still, all of next year’s projected starters are heading into their primes. The […]
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Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay signs reliever Michael Kohn

The the official offseason has yet to begin, the Tampa Bay Rays have signed Michael Kohn to a major league contract for the 2015 season. #453535294 / gettyimages.comKohn has pitched all of the previous four years of his major league career as a member of the Los Angeles Angels (missing all of 2012 due to Tommy John Surgery).  He has a career ERA of 3.67 in 126 major league appearances...
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Rays Rumors: Joe Maddon wants to stay with Tampa Bay

Aside from the MLB postseason, Andrew Friedman's announcement that he would be vacating his position as General Manager for the Tampa Bay Rays to assume the role of President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers was the biggest baseball story yesterday. While the loss of Friedman will certainly impact the Rays initially, it helps to know that the team's manager...
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Rays position analysis: First base

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players that saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns....
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Rays’ Wil Myers Shows Class, Congratulates Royals On World Series Berth

Rays outfielder Wil Myers isn’t bitter. Myers, who was traded to Tampa Bay by Kansas City before the 2013 season, tweeted congratulations to his former organization Wednesday night after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series to earn their first World Series berth since 1985. Congrats to the #Royals! Happy for everyone in...
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LHP Jeff Beliveau joins Longoria, Zobrist for MLB All-Star Series

Left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau will join Tampa Bay Rays teammates Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist in Japan, as announced Wednesday. Beliveau was added to the Major League Baseball All-Star Series to be held next month in Japan. Last Friday, Longoria and Zobrist were named to the roster, which includes All-Stars and other accomplished major leaguers. The five-game series will include...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What About The Next Joe Maddon?

The reaction to Andrew Friedman’s arrival in Los Angeles has been generally positive, and for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to see what one of the brightest young executives in baseball can do without the payroll restrictions he suffered in Tampa Bay? If there’s been any complaint that I’ve heard, it’s some minor grumbling about the fact that Friedman seems inclined to...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minus Andrew Friedman, Rays' vision still lives with Matt Silverman

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In his first day as the Tampa Bay Rays' president of baseball operations, Matt Silverman spent about 10 hours with his head pressed against a phone. His ear hurt. His elbow turned sore. On Tuesday, he had received a taste of his new professional life as the man tabbed to take over baseball operations after Andrew Friedman. Silverman's former colleague...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon Doesn’t Plan To Follow Andrew Friedman From Rays To Dodgers

Rays manager Joe Maddon has shot down a juicy rumor. Maddon told reporters Tuesday he doesn’t plan to jump ship despite speculation that Andrew Friedman, who resigned as the Rays’ general manager to become the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, could bring in the skipper to replace Don Mattingly in Los Angeles. “I’m a Ray, I’ve said it all along, I want to continue...
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Joe Maddon: 'I'm a Ray,' shoots down speculation about joining Dodgers

On Tuesday, the Dodgers changed the baseball landscape by announcing they have hired GM Andrew Friedman away from the Rays. He'll take over as their president of baseball operations. Friedman built contenders on a shoestring budget in Tampa, and now he'll have the game's largest payroll at his disposal. As soon as the move was announced, speculation that Rays manager...
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Joe Maddon: I want to continue to be a Ray

There was a major shakeup in the front office of the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday when it was announced that executive vice president and general manager Andrew Friedman was leaving the team to assume the role of general manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers, speculation immediately began that skipper Joe Maddon may be lured by […] The post Joe Maddon on Andrew Friedman’s departure...
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Matt Silverman takes over baseball operations for Rays

  The Tampa Bay Rays expect to keep rolling without Andrew Friedman. One of baseball's top young executives left Tuesday to become president of baseball operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg never had any doubts about who's the best person to replace Friedman and keep the organization running smoothly. Sternberg brought Friedman...
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Joe Maddon intends to remain with Rays

Getty Images With Andrew Friedman becoming the newest general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers some quickly assumed that the former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon would follow him out west. That does not appear to be the case. Maddon told reporters that he intended to remain with the Rays going forward. Joe Maddon: "I want to continue to be a Ray, absolutely." Story...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

Here’s what you need to know about Andrew Friedman: He wrote a farewell letter to a Rays blog. Seriously. Here’s what else you need to know: Everything, probably. I’m guessing that most Dodger fans don’t know much about him other than “guy who made the Rays good without any payroll,” and while that’s not inaccurate, it’s also incomplete. Friedman is 37, married with...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Silverman replaces Friedman as Rays' BB head

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays say team president Matt Silverman will replace Andrew Friedman as the team's president of baseball operations. Tampa Bay made the announcement Tuesday, when Friedman left to become president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Senior vice president of baseball operations Brian Auld will moves into Silverman's old...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon to the Dodgers? Rays manager “absolutely” wants to stay in Tampa Bay

As soon as news broke that Andrew Friedman was leaving the Rays for the Dodgers speculation started about his luring manager Joe Maddon to join him in Los Angeles. One issue: Maddon, unlike Friedman, actually has a contract with the Rays and is under team control for 2015. It’s the final season of a three-year deal believed to be worth around $6 million, so if Maddon is going...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Moneyball comes to LA: Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman

Due in large part to Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, analytical baseball ideology has often sold as a necessity for low-revenue franchises to compete with teams who have vastly more resources. The A’s story was written as brains overcoming riches, and a number of teams in smaller markets decided to emulate their success. Over the past decade, […]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Friedman Leaves Rays, Becomes Dodgers President Of Baseball Ops

Andrew Friedman has left the Tampa Bay Rays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Friedman, who took over as the Rays’ general manager following the 2005 season, resigned from his position Tuesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Friedman as their new president of baseball operations. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti will remain with the organization. He’ll transition into a new role...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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