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Astros Determined To Sign Closer

Nov 22, 2015 2:21 AM

The Astros are very determined to get a closer, other teams have told ESPN's Jayson Stark, as Houston is looking at both trade and free-agent options.

The Astros have checked in on Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman, Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller, Philadelphia's Ken Giles and Tampa Bay's Brad Boxberger, according to Stark.


Tags: Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mariners, Rays Agree To Six-Player Trade

Nov 6, 2015 6:53 AM

The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays completed a six-player swap on Thursday night, the first significant move of the offseason.

The Mariners sent Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, and Danny Farquhar to the Rays in exchange for Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and outfield prospect Boog Powell.

All three of the players Seattle traded played extensive roles with the club in 2015, but weren't seen as part of the future under the new front office regime. Jerry Dipoto said discussions with Tampa Bay began right after the conclusion of the regular season and less than two weeks after he took the job.

"We've talked to the Rays pretty consistently close to the last four weeks," he said.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Boxberger Hints Rays Have Misused Him, Boras Disagrees

Sep 23, 2015 4:56 PM

Scott Boras says Brad Boxberger hasn't indicated any unhappiness with the Tampa Bay Rays and he considers the pairing "a good fit" though salary eventually may become an issue.

"(Kevin) Cash has given him an opportunity and he's taken advantage of it and become an All-Star, and when you have things like that happen for a young player, you're in a good place," Boras said. "Obviously there might be some economics that might dictate how you may look at that (long term). But I think it's been a good fit for the Rays, and I think it's been a good fit for Box."

Boxberger told the Tampa Bay Times recently that his late struggles "could all be attributed" to how much the Rays used him in non-closing situations early in the season, but Boras says they don't feel he was misused. He expects the Rays to handle Boxberger differently in 2016 now that he has established himself as a closer, though that job is not guaranteed if Jake McGee is also back.

"I think his role is going to be a little more defined going into next year because every closer coming into the season when you're earning a role, you're going to throw in early innings and you're going to throw until you earn the role," Boras said. "So now knowing he has that role and pitching late in games, I think it's going to be a little bit easier to manage his situation."

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Brewers To Interview Rays VP Chaim Bloom For GM Role

Sep 17, 2015 7:11 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers are scheduled to interview Tampa Bay Rays vice president Chaim Bloom for their vacant general manager position on Thursday.

It was reported last week that the Brewers were expected to ask permission to speak with Bloom.

Bloom, 32, was promoted to vice president from director of baseball operations last offseason when Andrew Friedman left for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Pena To Retire As Member Of Rays

Sep 16, 2015 4:05 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays will sign Carlos Pena to a contract so that he can retire as a member of the franchise.

The 37-year-old hasn't played for a Major League organization this season.

After originally signing with the Rays as a minor league free agent, Pena put up a monster 2007 season in which he swatted 46 home runs and carried a 1.037 OPS.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Rays Using More Aggressive Approach At The Plate

Sep 9, 2015 7:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays decided their hitters were taking too many pitches, so they instructed them to become more aggressive in August with impressive results.

Tampa Bay averaged 3.74 pitches per plate appearance, its lowest monthly mark of the season, and produced a .781 OPS, fifth highest in the majors in the month.

The trend has continued in six September games — the Rays are averaging 3.67 pitches per plate appearance, and their .841 OPS is ninth in the majors.

"Let's get 'em early (in counts)," Kevin Cash said. "(Pitchers) have such good stuff, they're so powerful, why would you even want to hit with two strikes anymore?"

The manager continued, "We're not looking to walk. We want guys to put themselves in position to impact the ball, hit it hard. More times than not, that comes in hitter-advantage counts:€“ 1-0, 2-0. We figured out that to get in those counts, you have to be aggressive (early) and get pitchers out of the zone."

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Stats

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MLB Suspends James Loney One-Game

Aug 25, 2015 5:55 PM

Rays first baseman James Loney has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert in Saturday's game at Oakland.

Loney appealed the sanctions announced Tuesday and will be able to continue playing until the appeal process is completed.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Rays Claim Daniel Nava Off Waivers

Aug 5, 2015 5:09 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed Daniel Nava off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

Boston had designated the 32-year-old for assignment on July 30th.

Nava has spent most of his time in the corner outfield, though he also has appeared some at first base. He was hitting .152/.260/.182 in 78 plate appearances for the Red Sox.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Rays Send Matt Moore To Triple-A, Move To Four-Man Rotation

Aug 2, 2015 1:01 PM

The Rays have demoted left-hander Matt Moore to the minors to continue his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

Moore will go to Triple-A Durham and pitch on a regular schedule. Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays are shifting to a four-man rotation and didn't want Moore to move to the bullpen.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Rays Recall Grady Sizemore From Triple-A

Aug 1, 2015 6:45 PM

The Rays recalled outfielder Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Durham for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

To make room, they optioned outfielder Mike Mahtook to Durham.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Twins Get Kevin Jepsen From Rays
Tampa Bay will receive two Minor League players in return.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Indians Acquire David Murphy, David DeJesus
The Angels have now acquired three outfielders, including Shane Victorino, this week.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tigers Claim Marc Krauss From Rays
The Tigers will be without Miguel Cabrera for six weeks because of a calf injury and Marc Krauss is a logical addition.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Tampa Bay Calls Up Grady Sizemore
Grady Sizemore joined the Rays on Sunday and was the DH against the Red Sox.


Nationals Get Trea Turner To Finalize Deal With Padres, Rays
Shortstop Trea Turner hit .322 at Double-A for the Padres organization.


Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Grant Balfour Leanings Towards Retirement
After opting out of his contract with Triple-A Durham, Grant Balfour is leaning towards retirement.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Drew Smyly Hoping He Can Return To Rays This Season
The club said last week that Drew Smyly would miss the season with a shoulder injury.


Rays Won't Name Closer With McGee Back
Tampa Bay's bullpen that has pitched the second-most innings in the Major Leagues and has posted a combined 3.25 ERA.

Troy Provost-Heron/MLB

Rays Sign Cuban Outfielder Dayron Varona
At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Dayron Varona’s best tools are in the field.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Cobb Has Partially Torn Ligament In Elbow
Alex Cobb will try to pitch through the injury after a program of rest and treatment, but will face Tommy John surgery if that doesn't work.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Alex Cobb Shut Down By Rays
The Rays have shut down Alex Cobb because of soreness in his right forearm.


Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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