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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

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

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Smyly Wins Arbitration Case Against Rays

Feb 4, 2016 4:11 PM

Drew Smyly has won his arbitration case against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a Wednesday hearing. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.

Associated Press

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

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Drew Smyly, Rays Argue First Arbitration Case Of Year

Feb 4, 2016 7:14 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays and Drew Smyly have argued Major League Baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.

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.

A decision is expected on Thursday.

Associated Press

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

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Rays Sign Steve Pearce

Jan 29, 2016 8:08 AM

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

He can earn more through incentives totaling up to $6 million.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

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Rays To Acquire Corey Dickerson From Rockies

Jan 28, 2016 4:38 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays will reportedly acquire Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jake McGee.

A number of reports indicate that each team will also receive a Minor League pitcher from the other.

The Rockies signed Gerardo Parra earlier in the offseason, leading many to believe a trade was necessary to sort out a crowded outfield.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Ian Desmond May Become More Realistic For Rays

Jan 28, 2016 9:25 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays and Ian Desmond may look like a good match, but a few hurdles have stood in the way.

Desmond was expecting to land a huge contract when he rejected the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Washington Nationals.

The infielder has said he'd like to play for the Rays -- he's from Sarasota, Florida -- but another issue is that Washington would have to forfeit a draft pick in order to sign him.

However, the longer he remains on the market the more likely it becomes that the Rays can afford him.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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

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Rays Nearing Two-Year Deal With Logan Forsythe

Jan 15, 2016 8:06 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are nearing a two-year contract agreement with Logan Forsythe.

According to a report, the deal would be worth $10.25 million.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

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

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Rays Receive Permission To Search For Ballpark Sites

Jan 15, 2016 8:04 AM

The St. Petersburg City Council has voted to give the Rays permission to search for new ballpark sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

The team has played since its inception at what now is called Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg.

The 5-3 council vote gives the Rays three years to also explore possibilities on the east side of the bay where Tampa is located. They already have been examining potential sites for a new stadium in St. Petersburg or surrounding Pinellas County.

Associated Press

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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St. Petersburg To Vote On Rays' Stadium Search This Week

Jan 11, 2016 7:06 AM

The St. Petersburg city council will vote on a long-awaited proposal that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to search for a new home this week.

The deal requires the Rays to pay up to $24 million annually, which is about the same amount from previous attempts to resolve an eight-year standoff between St. Petersburg and the team.

However, the new deal includes some innovations that weren't in prior attempts. Chief among them is a shared account financed by development revenue from the Tropicana Field site.

Charlie Frago/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Mat Latos Drawing Interest From Five Teams

Dec 22, 2015 4:51 PM

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

The Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals have shown interest in the right-hander.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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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

Carlos Pena To Retire As Member Of Rays
The Rays will sign Carlos Pena to a contract so that he can retire as a member of the franchise.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Rays Using More Aggressive Approach At The Plate
The Rays decided their hitters were taking too many pitches, so they instructed them to become more aggressive in August with impressive results.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

MLB Suspends James Loney One-Game
James Loney made contact with umpire Paul Nauert in last Saturday's game in Oakland.


Rays Claim Daniel Nava Off Waivers
Boston had designated the 32-year-old for assignment on July 30th.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rays Send Matt Moore To Triple-A, Move To Four-Man Rotation
The Rays have demoted LHP Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham.


Rays Recall Grady Sizemore From Triple-A
The Rays have optioned Mike Mahtook to Triple-A Durham.


Twins Get Kevin Jepsen From Rays
Tampa Bay will receive two Minor League players in return.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Indians Acquire David Murphy, David DeJesus
The Angels have now acquired three outfielders, including Shane Victorino, this week.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tigers Claim Marc Krauss From Rays
The Tigers will be without Miguel Cabrera for six weeks because of a calf injury and Marc Krauss is a logical addition.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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