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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."

Adam Berry/MLB

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

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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."

 

MLB.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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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.

ESPN.com

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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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

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

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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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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rays Agree To Sign Asdrubal Cabrera

Dec 30, 2014 4:41 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a source.

The 29-year-old agreed to the contract before Christmas, but he needed to undergo a physical.

Cabrera made $10 million in 2014.

ESPN

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

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Cabrera Drawing Interest From Jays, Rays, Royals, Yankees

Dec 29, 2014 5:08 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees are all showing interest in Asdrubal Cabrera.

The 29-year-old infielder hit .241/.307/.387 in 616 plate appearances split between the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals in 2014.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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'Decent Chance' Rays Trade Ben Zobrist

Dec 29, 2014 8:25 AM

There is a decent chance the Tampa Bay Rays will trade Ben Zobrist between now and Opening Day, according to a report.

Zobrist, 33, will be a free agent after the 2015 season and the Rays typically listen to offers for anyone on their roster. He will earn $7.5 million this coming season.

His positionial flexibility also makes him a fit for a long list of trades.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres, Rays, Nationals Agree To Trade Centered Around Myers

Dec 17, 2014 8:34 PM

The San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals are agreed to the framework of a trade that will send Wil Myers to the Padres.

The deal is pending physicals.

San Diego is also expected to receive pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo from Tampa Bay and Major League catcher Ryan Hanigan.

Tampa Bay is rumored to get Steven Souza, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, Jake Bauers and Travis Ott.

Washington will get Trea Turner and Joe Ross.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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

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

ESPN

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

ESPN

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

ESPN

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

ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

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.

MLB.com

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN

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

Maddon's Agent: Cubs Didn't Tamper
The Rays are considering filing tampering charges against Theo Epstein and the Cubs.

ESPN.com

Rays Keep Ben Zobrist At $7.5M
The Rays have exercised an option in Ben Zobrist's contract for the 2015 season.

ESPN

Joe Maddon To Become Manager Of Cubs
Joe Maddon is expected to become one of the MLB's highest paid managers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sources: Sternberg Has Discussed Moving Rays To Montreal
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has been frustrated in his efforts to get out of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and move to a new stadium in Tampa.

Bill Madden/New York Daily News