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Drew Smyly Hoping He Can Return To Rays This Season

May 20, 2015 4:56 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays may not be without Drew Smyly for the remainder of the season.

The club said last week that Smyly would miss the season with a shoulder injury.

Kevin Cash is now intimating that the left-hander could return in 2015.

Instead of season-ending surgery, Cash said the plan now is for Smyly to rest and then try to rehabilitate the injury and try to pitch again later this season.

"We're optimistic," Cash said. "We're hearing good things."

ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Rays Won't Name Closer With McGee Back

May 18, 2015 4:52 PM

Jake McGee has recovered from left elbow surgery, giving the Tampa Bay Rays multiple options at closer.

Brad Boxberger is a perfect 10-for-10 in save chances this season. McGee pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning on Sunday afternoon in his return. He converted 19 of his 24 save opportunities with a 1.89 ERA in 2014.

Tampa Bay's bullpen that has pitched the second-most innings in the Major Leagues and has posted a combined 3.25 ERA. Kevin Cash won't name a permanent closer going forward.

"I wouldn't label anything, other than to say we'll manage the situation kind of how the game dictates the guys and how fresh they are and the matchups," Cash said. "I understand it's a sensitive situation, but for the time being going forward, we think it's best for the club to have the flexibility with those guys."

Troy Provost-Heron/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Rays Sign Cuban Outfielder Dayron Varona

May 9, 2015 2:21 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Dayron Varona to a minor league contract.

Varona is an athletic 27-year-old Cuban outfielder.

At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Varona’s best tools are in the field, where he has above-average speed and arm strength with the ability to play all three outfield spots. While playing for Camaguey in Cuba, Varona’s best season came in 2012-13, when he batted .343/.406/.482 with 20 walks, 37 strikeouts and six home runs in 75 games. He also won a gold glove award that year.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

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

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

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

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Cobb Has Partially Torn Ligament In Elbow

May 6, 2015 8:19 AM

A detailed MRI has revealed that Alex Cobb has a partial tear in his elbow ligament, according to sources.

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.

The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander has already received a platelet rich plasma injection.

Matt Silverman said the team was still in "a wait-and-see mode'' and it was "premature" to speculate about surgery. "He has had some tests performed and we're awaiting results,'' Silverman said.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Alex Cobb Shut Down By Rays

May 5, 2015 5:05 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have shut down Alex Cobb because of soreness in his right forearm.

Cobb's scheduled throwing session was canceled Sunday after the right-hander "just didn't feel right."

"He just didn't feel as good as he was hoping," Kevin Cash said. "Any time you're dealing with a pitcher's arm, it's obviously concerning."

Cobb has been sidelined since March 17 with forearm tendinitis.

ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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MLB Finds Cubs Didn't Tamper With Maddon

Apr 29, 2015 3:37 PM

Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation into whether or not the Chicago Cubs tampering with Joe Maddon when hiring him this offseason. He was under contract with the Tampa Bay Rays until days before news of his hiring broke.

The following release was issued on Wednesday afternoon:

Major League Baseball has concluded its tampering investigation regarding Joe Maddon’s departure from the Tampa Bay Rays and his subsequent hiring as manager of the Chicago Cubs.  The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Grant Balfour Released By Rays

Apr 29, 2015 3:29 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have released Grant Balfour.

The reliever was designated for assignment last week.

Balfour looked to be signing with the Baltimore Orioles last offseason, but the club balked after looking at the results of his physical. He went on to sign with the Rays.

In 66 2/3 innings over the past two seasons, Balfour worked to a 5.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts against 45 walks.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

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

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Cubs Still Being Investigating For Tampering With Maddon
Major League Baseball is still investigating whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon when they hired him away from the Rays nearly six months ago.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Juan Francisco Opts Out Of Deal With Rays
Francisco hit .220/.291/.456 in 320 plate appearances with the Blue Jays in 2014.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

St. Petersburg Won't Vote On New Stadium Plan
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has decided not to ask the City Council to vote on a revised proposal to allow the Rays to search for new ballpark sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Rays To Retire Don Zimmer's No. 66
The Rays will honor Don Zimmer before their April 6 opener.

Associated Press

Rays Making David DeJesus Available Via Trade
David DeJesus hit .248/.344/.403 while playing mostly designated hitter last season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cobb Won't Start Opener For Rays
Alex Cobb has tendinitis in his right forearm and will miss his planned Opening Day start on April 6.

Associated Press

Alex Cobb Could Miss Opening Day
Alex Cobb left Tuesday's spring start with right forearm tightness after tossing three perfect innings.

Associated Press

Cash's Deal With Rays For Five Years
The Rays have given first-time manager Kevin Cash some job security.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rays To Sign Jonny Venters
He underwent his third Tommy John procedure in September.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Tribune

Cobb To Start Opener For Rays
The Rays have announced that Alex Cobb will start on Opening Day against the Orioles on April 6.

Associated Press

Rays Prospect Smashes Smyly's Windshield With Home Run
Rays prospect Tim Beckham smashed a windshield with a batting practice home run on Monday.

Matt Monagan/MLB

Ronald Bellsario Injures Shoulder In Pool Accident
Ronald Bellsario will not be able to throw for several weeks after fracturing his left shoulder.

ESPN.com

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Rays Work Out Yoan Moncada
It remains unlikely that they will sign the highly coveted 19-year-old prospect.

Adam Berry/MLB

Ben Zobrist 'Emotional' Over Leaving Rays
Ben Zobrist said he was "sad to be leaving Tampa Bay," in a phone interview on Sunday.

MLB.com

A's Trade For Zobrist, Escobar From Rays
The A's send John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, and Boog Powell to the Rays.

ESPN.com

Rays Have Had Talks With Colby Rasmus
The Rays would be more likely to sign Rasmus if they trade Ben Zobrist.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Giants Remain Interested In Ben Zobrist
Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans says the team is "staying engaged" with the Rays about a potential trade for Ben Zobrist.

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