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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.

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

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Cubs Still Being Investigating For Tampering With Maddon

Apr 14, 2015 7:30 AM

Major League Baseball is still investigating whether the Chicago Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon when they hired him away from the Tampa Bay Rays nearly six months ago.

Rob Manfred said Monday that despite his goal and "fervent hope" to have it wrapped up by Opening Day, the probe "remains ongoing," though it should be concluded "fairly soon."

The commissioner noted that investigations don't always have predictable timelines as "things happen that need to be pursued."

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Juan Francisco Opts Out Of Deal With Rays

Apr 6, 2015 7:56 AM

Juan Francisco has opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The corner infielder, who signed a Minor League deal, is now a free agent.

Francisco hit .220/.291/.456 in 320 plate appearances with the Blue Jays in 2014.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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

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St. Petersburg Won't Vote On New Stadium Plan

Mar 31, 2015 7:53 AM

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.

Council members voted down an initial agreement in December. The mayor feared the adjusted plan would fail, too.

Kriseman's proposal would allow the Rays to evaluate sites on the east side of the bay in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located.

It also would establish how much the Rays would have to pay the city if they leave their current home before their lease expires in 2027.

Associated Press

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Rays To Retire Don Zimmer's No. 66

Mar 25, 2015 8:24 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays will honor Don Zimmer by retiring uniform No. 66 before their April 6 season opener against the Baltimore Orioles.

Zimmer spent 11 years with the Rays, from 2004-14. It was his longest stint in his 66 years with 14 Major League teams as a player, coach, manager or adviser.

He was 83 when he died on June 4, 2014. Three days later, the Rays and Seattle Mariners wore Zimmer's No. 23 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in a pregame tribute at Tropicana Field.

Associated Press

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

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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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Report: Giants Out On Shields, Scherzer; Have Interest In Zobrist
The Giants pursuit of starting pitcher James Shields is reportedly over.

CSNBayArea

Rays Agree To Sign Asdrubal Cabrera
The Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a source.

ESPN

Cabrera Drawing Interest From Jays, Rays, Royals, Yankees
The 29-year-old infielder hit .241/.307/.387 in 616 plate appearances split between the Indians and Nationals in 2014.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

'Decent Chance' Rays Trade Ben Zobrist
Ben Zobrist will earn $7.5 million in the final year of his contract.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Padres, Rays, Nationals Agree To Trade Centered Around Myers
A three-team deal has been agreed upon that will send Wil Myers to the Padres.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

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

Corey Brock/MLB

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