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Salvador Perez Claims HBP From Chris Archer Was Intentional

May 11, 2017 9:46 AM

Salvador Perez took issue with being on the receiving end of a 96-mph errant fastball from Chris Archer on Wednesday night.

With the Tampa Bay Rays leading 7-0 in the seventh inning, Archer hit Perez in the left elbow with a pitch. Words were exchanged between the two and umpires got involved.

Archer scattered five singles and walked none, and his control is one of the reasons Perez had a problem with the pitch that hit him.

"Yeah, of course he threw at me. He's going to throw at me because I had two hits against him," Perez said. "I think he was mad. But I don't think that's the right way, you know? He never throws the first pitch inside."

Perez later called the episode "bulls---," according to the Kansas City Star.

"Honestly there was nothing malicious there," Archer said. "I've had some great interactions with him the past. He's a good hitter; I'm trying to pitch inside. There was no malicious intent with 96 mph."

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Tags: Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Rays Acquire International Slot From Mariners

May 10, 2017 7:57 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired an international signing slot from the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Bryan Bonnell.

It appears as though the international slot is for this season.

The Rays will receive the 71st international pool slot, which gives the team $321,100 in added bonus money.

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White Sox Trade Peter Bourjos To Rays

Mar 28, 2017 8:06 AM

The Chicago White Sox have traded Peter Bourjos to the Tampa Bay Rays, according to multiple reports.

The deal opens up a spot for prospect Jacob May on Chicago's Major League roster.

The reports have cash considerations heading to the White Sox.

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rays, Yankees Interested In Trade For Nick Ahmed

Mar 22, 2017 8:17 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Nick Ahmed and the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees have been mentioned as potential destinations.

The San Diego Padres had previously been linked to Ahmed.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays

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Chris Archer Won't Rejoin Team USA For WBC

Mar 20, 2017 6:48 AM

Chris Archer will not rejoin Team USA for the World Baseball Classic after being told that he would not pitch in the final round of the tournament.

Archer tweeted the news a few hours after Team USA defeated the Dominican Republic to secure a spot in the WBC semifinals.

According to FOX Sports, Team USA will go with Tanner Roark against Japan on Tuesday and Marcus Stroman would take the mound if they advance to the final game.

Archer was the starting pitcher in Team USA's WBC opener March 10 against Colombia, but he has not pitched since in the tournament. The right-hander returned to the Tampa Bay Rays this past week and pitched Thursday in a minor league game.

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Rays Have Had Conversations About Adding Derek Norris

Mar 15, 2017 8:26 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays "continue to have conversations" about adding Derek Norris, who was placed on waivers by the Washington Nationals over the weekend.

Washington was known to be shopping Norris after the signing of Matt Wieters, but couldn't find anyone willing to take on his $4.2 million salary.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rays, Kevin Kiermaier Agree Upon Six-Year Extension

Mar 15, 2017 8:14 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a six-year contract extension with Kevin Kiermaier, according to sources.

The Tampa Bay Times has reported that the deal could be worth more than $50 million.

Kiermaier, 26, hit .246 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs last season for the Rays. He led all center fielders with a defensive WAR of 3.0 and has won two consecutive Gold Gloves.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Rays, Yankees Made Strong Pushes To Sign Sergio Romo
While he ultimately signed with the Dodgers, the Rays and Yankees made strong pushes to sign Sergio Romo this offseason.

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Rays Have Inquired With Rangers About Jurickson Profar
The Rays have at least checked with the Rangers about the availability of Jurickson Profar, according to two sources.

Evan Grant/Dallas News

Rays Looking For Bat After Trading Logan Forsythe
The Rays would like to add a hitter after dealing Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Dodgers Send Pitching Prospect To Rays For Logan Forsythe
The Dodgers have sent highly regarded prospect Jose De Leon to the Rays.

ESPN.com

Smokeless Tobacco Banned At Rays Home Games
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 Rays.

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Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman
The Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Twins for Brian Dozier.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mariners Acquire Drew Smyly From Rays For Three Players
The Mariners are sending Mallex Smith, who they acquired earlier from the Braves, infielder Carlos Vargas and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to the Rays.

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

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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.

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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.

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