Tampa Bay Rays Wiretap

Kevin Kiermaier Fractures Left Hand

May 22, 2016 3:26 AM

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier suffered two fractures in his left hand while attempting to make a diving catch in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Kiermaier, 26, left the game and will return to St. Petersburg, where he will be re-evaluated Monday.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Chris Archer Not Concerned Over Dip In Velocity

Apr 11, 2016 8:09 AM

Chris Archer has seen a dip in velocity in his first two starts this season, but told the Tampa Bay Times that there is nothing wrong.

"I've seen some headlines, and it's comical," he said, "because I was throwing 92-96 (mph) last game instead of 94-97, and it's a big deal. My slider was 85-88 instead of 86-90 and it's a big deal. And I don't know why. I think people just need something to talk about, something to write about, something to justify me not having the greatest start."

Archer, 27, has allowed eight earned runs and 15 hits in 10 innings for the Tampa Bay Rays. He also has a league-leading 15 strikeouts.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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John Gibbons Discusses Tuesday's 'Dresses' Remark

Apr 6, 2016 2:24 PM

John Gibbons caused a bit of a stir when he suggested his Toronto Blue Jays should wear "dresses" after a tough loss on Tuesday night that came in part as a result of the application of Major League Baseball's new rule on illegal slides.

Gibbons was upset when Jose Bautista was called for runner interference during the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss. The Blue Jays appeared to have taken a 4-3 lead on the play but instead two runs came off the board, and afterward the manager said "maybe we'll come out wearing dresses tomorrow. Maybe that's what everybody's looking for."

A day later, Gibbons didn't understand the uproar in the wake of his comments.

"It was meant as a little humor," Gibbons said. "My mom, my wife, my daughter found it kind of funny. They know me. I do think the world needs to lighten up a bit. So, I'll move on from that.

"I cannot understand how that would offend anybody, to be honest with you, if it doesn't offend my mother, my daughter and my wife, who have a great understanding of life."

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays

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Utley Rule Overturns Call To Give Rays Win

Apr 6, 2016 7:46 AM

Major League Baseball's new "Chase Utley rule" loomed large in the Tampa Bay Rays' win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to third. After taking a throw from Evan Longoria for the force at second, Logan Forsythe made an errant relay to first that appeared to allow the go-ahead run to score for the Blue Jays.

Kevin Cash asked for a replay review, claiming Jose Bautista violated the so-called "Utley rule" governing slides on potential double plays.

Replay umpires in New York ruled Bautista's slide was not directly into the bag and that it illegally hindered Forsythe. The call was changed to a game-ending double play that preserved Tampa Bay's victory.

"It turned the game into a joke," John Gibbons said. "That's flat embarrassing. That cost us a chance to win a major league game."

Associated Press

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Rays Release Janes Loney

Apr 4, 2016 1:19 AM

The Rays have released James Loney, the team's regular first baseman the past three years.

The club announced the move Sunday, hours before starting the season against the Blue Jays. He had been told last week that he would not be on the opening day roster. He has a guaranteed $8 million salary.


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Rays Experience Delayed Return From Cuba

Mar 23, 2016 3:45 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays experienced a delayed return home from Tuesday's historic trip to Cuba.

The team's flight was delayed due to mechanical issues with the plane.

"The trip was great," Kevin Cash said. "...Not to take anything away from the trip, that's what it was all about. A little glitch at the end. That's OK, we'll adjust, and the guys will get some rest."

The other two flights from Havana arrived in Tampa just after 11 p.m.

In response to the delay, the Rays canceled Wednesday's optional workout at Tropicana Field. Players who traveled to Cuba did not make the trip to Fort Myers on Wednesday.

"A lot of guys were coming down to play today," Cash said. "So what we're going to do [Thursday], is we're going to basically have a game or some guys get in the Double-A or Triple-A games at one o'clock, along with [Chris] Archer pitching to [Curt] Casali. And then we'll have a night game in Tampa where most of the guys will stay up there and play."

Bill Chastain/MLB

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Rays Lose Brad Boxberger For At Least 8 Weeks

Mar 18, 2016 4:44 PM

Brad Boxberger will miss at least eight weeks after having abdominal muscle surgery, according to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boxberger had the surgery in Philadelphia. There is no timetable for his return, but Kevin Cash says the team will have a better idea after the first four weeks of recovery.

Cash added that the "core muscle" injury had been nagging Boxberger this spring and he needed to take care of it.

"It was very unique that it wasn't really causing pain," he said. "Had we not got it fixed, then it nags for a long time. Box was in good spirits, and (it was) a very successful procedure."

Associated Press

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Rays Sign Dan Johnson As Knuckleball Pitcher

Mar 7, 2016 7:44 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Dan Johnson to a Minor League contract.

Johnson, who played first base for the Rays during parts of the 2008, 2010 and 2011 seasons, is now attempting a career as a knuckleball pitcher.

Tampa Bay recently hired former knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to be a minor league pitching coordinator.

Bill Chastain/MLB

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Rays Nearing Deal With Ryan Webb

Feb 18, 2016 7:30 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are nearing a deal with right-handed reliever Ryan Webb.

Webb, 30, pitched more than 50 innings for the Cleveland Indians last season with a 3.20 ERA. He had a 59.2% ground ball rate.

The deal is expected to be a Major League one.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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Rays In 'Advanced Talks' With Tommy Hunter

Feb 12, 2016 7:56 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are in "advanced talks" with free-agent right-hander Tommy Hunter, according to a report.

Hunter is still in talks with other teams, perhaps in search of a multi-year guarantee.

He is still rehabbing after needing core muscle surgery this winter.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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Smyly Wins Arbitration Case Against Rays
Drew Smyly asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a Wednesday hearing.

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Drew Smyly, Rays Argue First Arbitration Case Of Year
Drew Smyly, 26, asked arbitrators for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.

Associated Press

Rays Sign Steve Pearce
The Rays have signed Steve Pearce to a one-year deal worth a reported $4.75 million.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rays To Acquire Corey Dickerson From Rockies
The Rays will reportedly acquire Corey Dickerson from the Rockies in exchange for Jake McGee.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB

Ian Desmond May Become More Realistic For Rays
The Rays and Ian Desmond may look like a good match, but a few hurdles have stood in the way.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Rays Nearing Two-Year Deal With Logan Forsythe
According to a report, the deal would be worth $10.25 million.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Rays Receive Permission To Search For Ballpark Sites
The St. Petersburg City Council has voted to give the Rays permission to search for new ballpark sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

Associated Press

St. Petersburg To Vote On Rays' Stadium Search This Week
The St. Petersburg city council will vote on a long-awaited proposal that would allow the Rays to search for a new home this week.

Charlie Frago/Tampa Bay Times

Mat Latos Drawing Interest From Five Teams
Five teams have checked on Mat Latos, who is looking to sign a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cardinals May Have Interest In Jake Odorizzi
The Cardinals have contacted the Rays about a starting pitcher and Jake Odorizzi is believed to be the target, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Dodgers, Rays Discussing Jake Odorizzi Trade
Jake Odorizzi, who will turn 26 in March, was reportedly offered a contract extension by the Rays this offseason.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Heyward Has Two Opt-Outs In Cubs' Contract
Jason Heyward agreed to an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Trade Talks Around Rays' Jake McGee Intensifying
The Rays have seen trade talks surrounding Jake McGee intensifying over the last 24-48 hours, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Rays Offer Extension To Jake Odorizzi
The Rays have offered Jake Odorizzi a contract extension and there is mutual interest, according to the pitcher's agent.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Cubs, Rays Discussing Javier Baez Trade
Javier Baez, 23, has played parts of the last two seasons with Chicago after beginning in the Minor Leagues.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Rays Acquire Hank Conger From Astros
The Rays have acquired Hank Conger from the Astros in exchange for cash consideration.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Astros Determined To Sign Closer
The Astros are looking at both trade and free-agent options to sign a top closer for next season.


Mariners, Rays Agree To Six-Player Trade
The Mariners sent Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, and Danny Farquhar to the Rays in exchange for Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and outfield prospect Boog Powell.

Associated Press

Boxberger Hints Rays Have Misused Him, Boras Disagrees
Scott Boras says Brad Boxberger hasn't indicated any unhappiness with the Rays and he considers the pairing "a good fit" though salary eventually may become an issue.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Brewers To Interview Rays VP Chaim Bloom For GM Role
It was reported last week that the Brewers were expected to ask permission to speak with Bloom.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports