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Tampa Bay Calls Up Grady Sizemore

Jun 28, 2015 2:09 PM

The Rays have purchased the contract of Grady Sizemore from Class A Charlotte, according to an ESPN.com report.

Sizemore, released by the Phillies on June 1, signed with the Rays two weeks later. He spent the past week playing for Charlotte.

The 32-year old outfielder joined the Rays on Sunday and was the designated hitter against the Red Sox.

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Nationals Get Trea Turner To Finalize Deal With Padres, Rays

Jun 14, 2015 4:14 PM

Padres top prospect Trea Turner is finally headed to the Nationals, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

The shortstop, selected 13th overall by San Diego in the June 2014 draft, was part of a three-team trade in December that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the Padres.

Turner had to wait to join his new team, however, due to Major League Rule 3(b)(6), which states that a draft pick cannot be traded until one year after he signs his initial contract. Also, Rule 12(e)(2) says teams have six months from the time of a trade to finalize a player to be named.

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values

Jun 8, 2015 6:03 PM

Here are the slot values that Major League Baseball has assigned to each of the first round picks in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft:

Each team was informed of that values back in April.

1. Diamondbacks — $8,616,900
2. Astros (Brady Aiken) — $7,420,100
3. Rockies — $6,223,300
4. Rangers — $5,026,500
5. Astros — $4,188,700
6. Twins — $3,889,500
7. Red Sox — $3,590,400
8. White Sox — $3,470,600
9. Cubs — $3,351,000
10. Phillies — $3,231,300
11. Reds — $3,141,600
12. Marlins — $3,051,800
13. Rays — $2,962,100
14. Braves — $2,842,400
15. Brewers — $2,692,700
16. Yankees — $2,543,300
17. Indians — $2,393,600
18. Giants — $2,333,800
19. Pirates — $2,273,800
20. Athletics — $2,214,000
21. Royals — $2,184,200
22. Tigers — $2,154,200
23. Cardinals — $2,124,400
24. Dodgers — $2,094,400
25. Orioles — $2,064,500
26. Angels — $2,034,500
27. Rockies (Michael Cuddyer) — $2,004,600
28. Braves (Ervin Santana) — $1,974,700
29. Blue Jays (Melky Cabrera) — $1,944,800
30. Yankees (David Robertson) — $1,914,900
31. Giants (Pablo Sandoval) — $1,885,000
32. Pirates (Russell Martin) — $1,855,000
33. Royals (James Shields) — $1,825,200
34. Tigers (Max Scherzer) — $1,795,100
35. Dodgers (Hanley Ramirez) — $1,756,100
36. Orioles (Nelson Cruz) — $1,711,900

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results

Jun 8, 2015 5:40 PM

We have dispatched Andrew Perna to Studio 42 in New Jersey to cover the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Follow along here for news, rumors and selections as the action unfolds.


1. Arizona Diamondbacks - Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt

2. Houston Astros (Aiken) - Alex Bregman, SS, LSU

3. Colorado Rockies - Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)

4. Texas Rangers - Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara

5. Houston Astros - Kyle Tucker, OF, Plant HS (FL)

6. Minnesota Twins - Tyler Jay, LHP, Illinois

7. Boston Red Sox - Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas

8. Chicago White Sox - Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt

9. Chicago Cubs - Ian Happ, OF, Cincinnati

10. Philadelphia Phillies - Cornelius Randolph, SS, Griffin HS (GA)

11. Cincinnati Reds - Tyler Stephenson, C, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA)

12. Miami Marlins - Josh Naylor, 1B, St. Joan of Arc (Canada)

13. Tampa Bay Rays - Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (NY)

14. Atlanta Braves - Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente HS (CA)

15. Milwaukee Brewers - Trent Clark, OF, Richland HS (TX)

16. New York Yankees - James Kaprielian, RHP, UCLA

17. Cleveland Indians - Brady Aiken, LHP, IMG Academy

18. San Francisco Giants - Phil Bickford, RHP, College of Southern Nevada

19. Pittsburgh Pirates - Kevin Newman, SS, Arizona

20. Oakland Athletics - Richie Martin, SS, Florida

21. Kansas City Royals - Ashe Russell, RHP, Cathedral HS (IN)

22. Detroit Tigers - Beau Burrows, RHP, Weatherford HS (TX)

23. St. Louis Cardinals - Nick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice HS (MI)

24. Los Angeles Dodgers - Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt

25. Baltimore Orioles - D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State

26. Los Angeles Angels - Taylor Ward, C, Fresno State

27. Colorado Rockies (Cuddyer) - Mike Nikorak, RHP, Stroudsburg HS (PA)

28. Atlanta Braves (Santana) - Michael Soroka, RHP, Bishop Carroll HS (Canada)

29. Toronto Blue Jays (Cabrera) - Jon Harris, RHP, Missouri State

30. New York Yankees (Robertson) - Kyle Holder, SS, San Diego

31. San Francisco Giants (Sandoval) - Chris Shaw, 1B, Boston College

32. Pittsburgh Pirates (Martin) - Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Concordia Lutheran HS (TX)

33. Kansas City Royals (Shields) - Nolan Watson, RHP, Lawrence North HS (IN)

34. Detroit Tigers (Scherzer) - Christin Stewart, OF, Tennessee

35. Los Angeles Dodgers (Ramirez) - Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville

36. Baltimore Orioles (Cruz) - Ryan Mountcastle, SS, Hagerty HS (FL)

 

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Grant Balfour Leanings Towards Retirement

May 29, 2015 7:32 AM

After opting out of his contract with Triple-A Durham, Grant Balfour is leaning towards retirement.

Balfour, 37, re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays shortly after being released.

In 539.2 innings over 12 Major League seasons, the right-hander pitched to a 3.49 ERA with 571 strikeouts.

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Drew Smyly Hoping He Can Return To Rays This Season

May 20, 2015 4:56 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays may not be without Drew Smyly for the remainder of the season.

The club said last week that Smyly would miss the season with a shoulder injury.

Kevin Cash is now intimating that the left-hander could return in 2015.

Instead of season-ending surgery, Cash said the plan now is for Smyly to rest and then try to rehabilitate the injury and try to pitch again later this season.

"We're optimistic," Cash said. "We're hearing good things."

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Rays Won't Name Closer With McGee Back
Tampa Bay's bullpen that has pitched the second-most innings in the Major Leagues and has posted a combined 3.25 ERA.

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Rays Sign Cuban Outfielder Dayron Varona
At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Dayron Varona’s best tools are in the field.

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

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Cobb Has Partially Torn Ligament In Elbow
Alex Cobb will try to pitch through the injury after a program of rest and treatment, but will face Tommy John surgery if that doesn't work.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Alex Cobb Shut Down By Rays
The Rays have shut down Alex Cobb because of soreness in his right forearm.

ESPN

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

MLB Finds Cubs Didn't Tamper With Maddon
Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation into whether or not the Cubs tampering with Joe Maddon when hiring him this offseason.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
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 Reds on Wednesda

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Grant Balfour Released By Rays
In 66 2/3 innings over the past two seasons, Grant Balfour worked to a 5.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts against 45 walks.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Cubs Still Being Investigating For Tampering With Maddon
Major League Baseball is still investigating whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon when they hired him away from the Rays nearly six months ago.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Juan Francisco Opts Out Of Deal With Rays
Francisco hit .220/.291/.456 in 320 plate appearances with the Blue Jays in 2014.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

St. Petersburg Won't Vote On New Stadium Plan
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.

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

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Rays To Retire Don Zimmer's No. 66
The Rays will honor Don Zimmer before their April 6 opener.

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

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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