Tampa Bay Rays Wiretap

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

Dec 17, 2014 10:06 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres are reportedly discussing a trade involving Wil Myers.

Myers would head to San Diego in the deal involving several players.

A trade would likely mean the Padres would part with a handful of Minor League prospects.

Corey Brock/MLB

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

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Angels Acquire Matt Joyce From Rays

Dec 17, 2014 9:50 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen.

Los Angeles views Joyce as their primary designated hitter and possible No. 2 hitter, which would allow Mike Trout to hit third.

"He gives us a lot of flexibility and makes us a deeper and more balanced team," Jerry Dipoto said. "We just felt like this was an opportunity for us to build a deeper and well-balanced lineup for 2015, and continue to move in such a way that we feel like we're making the team better."

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Rays Hire Kevin Cash As Manager

Dec 5, 2014 4:19 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have hired Kevin Cash as the fifth manager in franchise history.

Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, will be the youngest manager in the majors. He has no managing experience.

He has been the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians for the past two seasons. Before that, the Tampa native spent 2012 as an advance scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Cash, Wakamatsu Finalists For Rays Job

Dec 5, 2014 7:57 AM

Raul Ibanez has withdrawn from consideration for the vacant managerial position with the Tampa Bay Rays, leaving Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu as finalists for the job.

The Tampa Tribune says Ibanez withdrew because of family concerns.

The Rays are expected to announce a hire Friday. Joe Maddon left after the 2014 season to become manager of the Chicago Cubs.

ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Rays Trade Sean Rodriguez To Pirates

Dec 1, 2014 4:34 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later and cash.

Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Rays last week.

The 29-year-old, who is eligible for salary arbitration, hit .211 in 237 at-bats and set career bests with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Rays last season.

ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rays Sign Ernesto Frieri

Nov 26, 2014 3:06 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Frieri, 29, was 1-4 with a 7.34 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 41 2-3 innings over 48 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh.

He can earn $1.1 million in performance bonuses for games: $50,000 for 30, $100,000 for 35, $150,000 each for 40 and 45, $200,000 apiece for 50 and 55 and $250,000 for 60.

Frieri also can make $1.25 million based on games finished: $150,000 for 30, $200,000 for 35, $250,000 for 40, $300,000 for 45 and $350,000 for 50.

Associated Press

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

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Ibanez, Cash, Wakamatsu Finalists In Tampa Bay

Nov 22, 2014 2:48 AM

Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of theRays, according to an ESPN.com report.

Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus.

Tampa Bay said interviews with the finalists will be scheduled for the week of Dec. 1. 

ESPN.com

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

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Dodgers Trade For Joel Peralta

Nov 21, 2014 7:23 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Joel Peralta in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Dodgers also received left-hander Adam Liberatore from the Rays, giving young right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris up.

Peralta, 38, pitched 69 games for the Rays last season, going 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA.

The deal was the first Major League trade under Andrew Friedman, who left the Rays for the Dodgers earlier this offseason.

The Rays recently picked up a $2.5 million option on Peralta for 2015.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Rays Interview Barry Larkin For Manager

Nov 15, 2014 6:26 PM

On Saturday the Rays interviewed the final of 10 announced managerial candidates when they talked to Barry Larkin.

Larkin, 50, played shortstop for the Reds from 1986-2004.

MLB.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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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

Maddon Was Unaware Of Opt Out Clause
Joe Maddon only learned of the opt-out clause in his contract with the Rays when the front office was obligated to inform him of the exit window in his contract.

Bill Chastain/MLB

Joe Maddon Steps Down As Manager Of Rays
Joe Maddon will become free to work on a deal with any club.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Morse Could Be Fit For Tampa Bay
Michael Morse, 32, has increased his profile this postseason after hitting a game-tying home run in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Rays Name New Vice Presidents
The Rays have promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to vice presidents of baseball operations.

Associated Press

Rays Confident Maddon Will Return
Matt Silverman, the new vice president of the Rays, expects Joe Maddon to manage the team in 2015 and beyond.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Tribune

Rays Sign Michael Kohn To One-Year Deal
Michael Kohn, 28, elected free agency after being designated for assignment and outrighted in early September by the Los Angeles Angels.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers' Admiration For Friedman Grew With Price Trade Talks
Andrew Friedman and the Rays asked the Dodgers for the "right prospects" when they discussed a David Price trade.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Andrew Friedman Leaves Rays To Run Dodgers' Baseball Operations
Andrew Friedman will replace Ned Colletti with the Dodgers.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Turnarounds From Balfour, Myers Key For Rays
The Rays need a lock-down reliever and power bat heading into the 2015 season.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times