Tampa Bay Rays Wiretap

Longoria Remains 'Upset' With Forsythe Trade

Feb 18, 2017 2:16 PM

It was less than four weeks ago -- on the day Tampa Bay traded second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers -- that the Rays' highest-profile player, Evan Longoria, delivered a three-word review of the deal that raised many eyebrows in baseball:

"Surprised and upset," the Rays' third baseman told the Tampa Bay Times.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

Rays Have Made Offer To Matt Wieters

Feb 16, 2017 3:52 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have enough interest in Matt Wieters that they've made him a formal contract offer, according to a report.

The offer is "likely for one year" and is expected to be less lucrative than whatever Wieters and Scott Boras are looking for in free agency.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rays, Nathan Eovaldi Agree To One-Year, $2M Deal

Feb 12, 2017 6:57 PM

The Rays and free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi have reached a one-year, $2 million deal that features a club option for the 2018 season, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Eovaldi is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected to pitch in 2017.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Rays, Yankees Made Strong Pushes To Sign Sergio Romo

Feb 7, 2017 7:37 AM

While he ultimately signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees made strong pushes to sign Sergio Romo this offseason.

Romo was the primary closer for the San Francisco Giants in 2013 and 2014, recording a combined 61 saves over that span.

The three-time World Series champion excelled in a setup role in 2015 and 2016, compiling a 2.64 ERA last season.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rays Have Inquired With Rangers About Jurickson Profar

Jan 31, 2017 8:17 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have at least checked with the Texas Rangers about the availability of Jurickson Profar, according to two sources.

Profar, who turns 24 in February, is controllable for the next three seasons and affordable as well.

In the past, the Rangers wanted a starting pitcher from the Rays for Profar.

Evan Grant/Dallas News

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rays Looking For Bat After Trading Logan Forsythe

Jan 27, 2017 7:58 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays would like to add a hitter after dealing Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Forsythe was sent to the Dodgers for Jose De Leon.

Tampa Bay is believed to be looking at first base and designated hitter candidates and a right-handed bat is preferred.

The list of possibilities includes Mike Napoli, Chris Carter, Mark Reynolds, Billy Butler and Aaron Hill.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dodgers Send Pitching Prospect To Rays For Logan Forsythe

Jan 24, 2017 2:22 AM

In the hunt for a second baseman and a leadoff man, the Dodgers found both in Logan Forsythe, whom they acquired Monday from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for highly regarded pitching prospect Jose De Leon.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Smokeless Tobacco Banned At Rays Home Games

Jan 23, 2017 7:26 AM

The St. Petersburg city council has given final approval to an ordinance banning use of smokeless tobacco at organized sporting events, including games at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The measure not only applies to players, coaches and managers, but to anyone attending events at the sports venues around the city.

Tropicana Field is among 13 major league stadiums that will be tobacco-free for the 2017 season, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Major League Baseball's new labor contract bars smokeless tobacco use for any player with no current major league service.

Associated Press

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman

Jan 20, 2017 7:51 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Brian Dozier.

According to sources, L.A. is even searching beyond Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers and Logan Forsythe of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers have spoken to the Texas Rangers about Jurickson Profar.

The Dodgers could also turn back to Chase Utley.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Mariners Acquire Drew Smyly From Rays For Three Players

Jan 12, 2017 7:28 AM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays for a package of three players.

The Mariners are sending Mallex Smith, who they acquired earlier from the Atlanta Braves, infielder Carlos Vargas and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to the Rays.

"We have been clear that one of our top priorities this offseason was to continue to bolster our starting rotation," Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "Today's moves allowed us to add an experienced pitcher to our starting group. Drew took the ball 30 times last season, threw over 175 innings and is a proven performer in the American League. He's a good fit for our club."

Just hours previously, Seattle acquired Smith and right-hander Shae Simmons from Atlanta in exchange for left-handed pitching prospects Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows.

Smyly, 27, was 7-12 with 4.88 ERA last season, establishing career highs in starts (30), innings (175 1/3) and strikeouts (167).


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

Rays, Colby Rasmus Agree On Deal
Colby Rasmus will play some corner outfield, back up center fielder Kevin Kiermaler, and DH for the Rays.


Rays Only Team To Vote Against Ratifying CBA
Major League owners have ratified baseball's new collective bargaining agreement by a 29-1 vote, according to a source.

Associated Press

Rays, Wilson Ramos Agree Upon Two-Year Contract
The deal is pending a physical, which is no certain thing as Wilson Ramos is coming off ACL and meniscus tears.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Jason Castro Has Multiple Three-Year Offers
The Twins, Orioles, Braves and Rays have been linked to Jason Castro.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves Also Pursuing Chris Archer, Sonny Gray
The Braves, who have already been linked to Chris Sale in reports, are also pursuing Chris Archer and Sonny Gray, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rays Open To Trading Evan Longoria
The Dodgers could consider Longoria if they are unable to re-sign Justin Turner.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Matt Silverman: Rays Are 'Open To Everything'
Matt Silverman says the Rays will approach the offseason with open eyes after a disappointing season.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Rays 'Hellbent' On Return To Contention
Matt Silverman said that a broad-based sell-off shouldn't be expected despite a disappointing 2016.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

MLB Record: Red Sox Strike Out 11 Straight Rays
Eduardo Rodriguez and Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record on Sunday.


Rays To Sign Alexei Ramirez
Alexei Ramirez signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Padres last offseason.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Matt Duffy To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
The procedure would address lingering soreness stemming from a left Achilles injury earlier this season.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Rays Won't Allow Chris Archer To Lose 20 Games
Mike Maroth of the Tigers (2003) was the last pitcher to lose 20 games.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin Both Homer In First MLB At-Bats
Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge are the first pair of teammates in MLB history to hit back-to-back home runs in their first MLB at-bats.


A-Rod Ends Yankees Career Going 1-For-4 In Win
Alex Rodriguez played one final inning at third base in Friday night's 6-3 Yankees win over the Rays.


Miguel Sano Hits Baseball Off Tropicana Field Roof
Tropicana Field is known for its unique ground rules -- especially those pertaining to the catwalks.

Adrian Garro/MLB

Brad Miller Upset Over Reduced Role
Brad Miller was not happy last week when the Rays informed him that he would not longer be the team's starting shortstop when Matt Duffy came off the disabled list.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

Richard Justice/MLB

Giants Get Matt Moore From Rays
The Rays will reportedly receive Matt Duffy, some prospects and cash in the deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Indians Land Brandon Guyer In Trade With Rays
Tampa Bay will reportedly get outfielder Nathan Lukes and right-hander Jhonleider Salinas in the trade.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Giants Showing Interest In Rays' Matt Moore
Matt Moore is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays.