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Cobb To Start Opener For Rays

Mar 4, 2015 5:12 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that Alex Cobb will start on Opening Day against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6.

Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA in 27 starts last season. He became Tampa Bay's No. 1 starter when David Price was traded to the Detroit Tigers last July.

Chris Archer and Drew Smyly will follow him in the series against the Orioles, while Jake Odorizzi will start Tampa Bay's road opener at the Miami Marlins on April 10.

Associated Press

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Rays Prospect Smashes Smyly's Windshield With Home Run

Mar 3, 2015 8:29 AM

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Tim Beckham smashed a windshield with a batting practice home run on Monday.

The car belonged to teammate Drew Smyly, who drives a BMW.

"I hope BMW covers that, if not meal money will," Beckham said of the damage.

Beckham was the first overall pick in 2008.

Matt Monagan/MLB

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Ronald Bellsario Injures Shoulder In Pool Accident

Feb 28, 2015 5:12 PM

Rays reliever Ronald Bellsario, who will miss the start of the season with a fractured left shoulder which he suffered getting out of a swimming pool.

The Rays' president of baseball operations, Matt Silverman, announced Saturday that Belisario would not be able to throw "for several weeks" because of the injury to his non-pitching shoulder, which occurred at his home in Venezuela before he reported to spring training camp.





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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.

First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Rays Work Out Yoan Moncada

Jan 30, 2015 8:26 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays worked out Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada at Tropicana Field this week.

It remains unlikely that they will sign the highly coveted 19-year-old prospect.

Moncada, a switch-hitting infielder, could receive a signing bonus between $30 million and $40 million, a high price for any club but particularly for the Rays.

"We try not to leave any stone unturned, and he's someone who has great intrigue and we're eager to see what he can do," Matt Silverman said on MLB Network Radio. "Given our financial situation, I wouldn't expect us to be the winners of an auction, but that doesn't mean we're not going to do our due diligence, make sure we evaluate the player and put our best foot forward.

"If we happen to be in a position to acquire him, great. But if not, we've done the work and know that we've checked the boxes."

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Ben Zobrist 'Emotional' Over Leaving Rays

Jan 12, 2015 1:25 AM

A day after getting traded to the A's, Ben Zobrist noted that he was "sad to be leaving Tampa Bay."

"Today's been a little bit harder of a day than yesterday," said Zobrist in a phone interview Sunday. "Yesterday was a little bit of a shock. Didn't really spend much time thinking about it, though, because I had a birthday party thing going on with a friend of mine, so I wasn't thinking about it a whole lot.

"This morning I woke up and kind of realized our time in Tampa Bay is definitely over. It was definitely a little bit emotional."



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A's Trade For Zobrist, Escobar From Rays

Jan 10, 2015 3:46 PM

The A's have acquired infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Rays for catcher John Jaso and a pair of minor league players. 

The Rays also received top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson, minor league outfielder Boog Powell and cash considerations.


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Rays Have Had Talks With Colby Rasmus

Jan 6, 2015 8:03 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have had discussions with Colby Rasmus.

The Rays would be more likely to sign Rasmus if they trade Ben Zobrist.

Rasmus has most recently been connected to the Baltimore Orioles.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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Giants Remain Interested In Ben Zobrist

Jan 5, 2015 1:38 AM

While nothing appears imminent, Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans told MLB Network Radio on Sunday morning that the team is "staying engaged" with the Rays about a possible trade for infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist.


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Report: Giants Out On Shields, Scherzer; Have Interest In Zobrist

Jan 3, 2015 12:00 PM

The Giants' pursuit of free agent starting pitcher James Shields is reportedly over.

According to ESPN analyst and SiriusXM radio host Jim Bowden, the Giants "are out on Shields."

Additionally, the former GM is reporting that the Giants were "never in" on the top free agent on the market, Max Scherzer.

While the Giants may not be adding either of the free agent starting pitchers, Bowden reports that the Giants are still trying to work out a deal for Rays infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist.


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Rays Agree To Sign Asdrubal Cabrera
The Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a source.


Cabrera Drawing Interest From Jays, Rays, Royals, Yankees
The 29-year-old infielder hit .241/.307/.387 in 616 plate appearances split between the Indians and Nationals in 2014.

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'Decent Chance' Rays Trade Ben Zobrist
Ben Zobrist will earn $7.5 million in the final year of his contract.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Padres, Rays, Nationals Agree To Trade Centered Around Myers
A three-team deal has been agreed upon that will send Wil Myers to the Padres.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Reports: Padres, Rays Discussing Wil Myers Trade
Wil Myers would head to San Diego in the deal involving several players.

Corey Brock/MLB

Angels Acquire Matt Joyce From Rays
The Rays have traded Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen.


Rays Hire Kevin Cash As Manager
Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, will be the youngest manager in the majors.


Cash, Wakamatsu Finalists For Rays Job
Raul Ibanez has withdrawn from consideration for the vacant managerial position with the Rays.


Rays Trade Sean Rodriguez To Pirates
The Rays have traded Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates for a player to be named later and cash.


Rays Sign Ernesto Frieri
The Rays have signed Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Associated Press

Ibanez, Cash, Wakamatsu Finalists In Tampa Bay
The Rays will have interviews with the three finalists for manager the week of December 1.


Dodgers Trade For Joel Peralta
The Dodgers have acquired Joel Peralta in a trade with the Rays.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Rays Interview Barry Larkin For Manager
Barry Larkin's only managing experience came in 2013 when he guided the Brazilian team in the WBC.


D-Backs Acquire Hellickson From Rays
New D-Backs GM Dave Stewart sent the Rays two prospects, Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams, for Jeremy Hellickson.


Rays Add Larkin, Glanville To List Of Candidates
The Rays have added Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville to the list of people they are considering for their next manager.

Associated Press

Rays Working On Trading Hellickson To NL Team
The Rays are working towards trading Jeremy Hellickson to a National League club and the Diamondbacks are reportedly interested.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Ibanez On List Of Candidates To Become Rays Manager
Raul Ibanez is among eight candidates on the preliminary list the Rays are considering for their next manager.


Maddon Extended Olive Branch Offer To Rays
Before leaving for the Cubs, Joe Maddon is said to have made an offer to the Rays to remain their manager.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rays Exercise Peralta's $2.5M Option
Peralta was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 2014. He was second on the Rays staff with 69 appearances.

Associated Press

Maddon's Deal With Cubs Is For Five Years
Joe Maddon is the Chicago's fifth manager since the start of the 2010 season.

Associated Press