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MLB Suspends James Loney One-Game

Aug 25, 2015 5:55 PM

Rays first baseman James Loney has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert in Saturday's game at Oakland.

Loney appealed the sanctions announced Tuesday and will be able to continue playing until the appeal process is completed.

Yahoo.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Rays Claim Daniel Nava Off Waivers

Aug 5, 2015 5:09 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed Daniel Nava off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

Boston had designated the 32-year-old for assignment on July 30th.

Nava has spent most of his time in the corner outfield, though he also has appeared some at first base. He was hitting .152/.260/.182 in 78 plate appearances for the Red Sox.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Rays Send Matt Moore To Triple-A, Move To Four-Man Rotation

Aug 2, 2015 1:01 PM

The Rays have demoted left-hander Matt Moore to the minors to continue his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

Moore will go to Triple-A Durham and pitch on a regular schedule. Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays are shifting to a four-man rotation and didn't want Moore to move to the bullpen.

ESPN.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Rays Recall Grady Sizemore From Triple-A

Aug 1, 2015 6:45 PM

The Rays recalled outfielder Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Durham for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

To make room, they optioned outfielder Mike Mahtook to Durham.

ESPN.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Twins Get Kevin Jepsen From Rays

Jul 31, 2015 3:20 PM

The Minnesota Twins will acquire Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to a report.

Tampa Bay will receive two Minor League players in return.

Jepsen has a 2.81 ERA in 41.2 innings this season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Indians Acquire David Murphy, David DeJesus

Jul 28, 2015 8:32 PM

The Los Angeles Angels acquired a pair of outfielders in David Murphy and David DeJesus on Tuesday afternoon.

Los Angeles acquired DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-hander Eduar Lopez just minutes after it was reported that the Cleveland Indians sent Murphy to the Angels for infielder Eric Stamets.

The Angels have now acquired three outfielders, including Shane Victorino from the Boston Red Sox on Monday, this week.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

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Tigers Claim Marc Krauss From Rays

Jul 6, 2015 5:53 PM

The Detroit Tigers have claimed Marc Krauss off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay designated the first baseman for assignment over the weekend.

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

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM

2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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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.

ESPN.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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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.

ESPN.com

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

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
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.

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

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Drew Smyly Hoping He Can Return To Rays This Season
The club said last week that Drew Smyly would miss the season with a shoulder injury.

ESPN

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.

Troy Provost-Heron/MLB

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

Ben Badler/Baseball America

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.

Keith Law/ESPN

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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

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