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Mariners Acquire Drew Smyly From Rays For Three Players

Jan 12, 2017 7:28 AM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays for a package of three players.

The Mariners are sending Mallex Smith, who they acquired earlier from the Atlanta Braves, infielder Carlos Vargas and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to the Rays.

"We have been clear that one of our top priorities this offseason was to continue to bolster our starting rotation," Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "Today's moves allowed us to add an experienced pitcher to our starting group. Drew took the ball 30 times last season, threw over 175 innings and is a proven performer in the American League. He's a good fit for our club."

Just hours previously, Seattle acquired Smith and right-hander Shae Simmons from Atlanta in exchange for left-handed pitching prospects Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows.

Smyly, 27, was 7-12 with 4.88 ERA last season, establishing career highs in starts (30), innings (175 1/3) and strikeouts (167).

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Rays, Colby Rasmus Agree On Deal

Jan 10, 2017 2:03 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a contract with free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Monday night.

The 30-year-old will play one of the outfield corners against right-handed pitchers and also get some time at designated hitter and backing up center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, the source said.

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

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Rays Only Team To Vote Against Ratifying CBA

Dec 14, 2016 10:08 AM

Major League owners have ratified baseball's new collective bargaining agreement by a 29-1 vote, according to a source.

Tampa Bay Rays managing general partner Stuart Sternberg was the lone dissenting vote during the telephone meeting on Tuesday, according to a report.

Players also had been scheduled to hold a ratification vote.

The five-year deal was agreed to Nov. 30, a little over three hours before the expiration of the previous contract.

Associated Press

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Rays, Wilson Ramos Agree Upon Two-Year Contract

Dec 6, 2016 8:56 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year contract with Wilson Ramos.

The deal is pending a physical, which is no certain thing as Ramos is coming off ACL and meniscus tears.

Ramos hit .307/.354/.496 in 523 plate appearances for the Washington Nationals before the knee injury.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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

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Jason Castro Has Multiple Three-Year Offers

Nov 22, 2016 7:41 AM

Jason Castro has reportedly received three-year offers from multiple teams.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the club that pushes to a fourth year may be the one that ultimately lands him.

The Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays have been linked to Castro.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Also Pursuing Chris Archer, Sonny Gray

Nov 16, 2016 7:38 AM

The Atlanta Braves, who have already been linked to Chris Sale in reports, are also pursuing Chris Archer and Sonny Gray, according to sources.

"They're doing everything they can to be competitive and try to contend next year," a rival executive said of the Braves, who will open SunTrust Park.

The Braves have already signed R.A Dickey and Bartolo Colon to one-year deals this offseason to serve as bridges until some of their young pitchers are ready.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rays Open To Trading Evan Longoria

Nov 9, 2016 8:51 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are open to trading Evan Longoria, according to a report.

The Los Angeles Dodgers could consider Longoria if they are unable to re-sign Justin Turner.

Longoria, the No. 3 pick out of Long Beach State in 2006, has spent his entire career with the Rays.

His current contract has $94 million remaining through 2022 with a $13 million team option or $5 million buyout for 2023, and it does not include a no-trade clause, though he'll gain 10-and-5 rights after the 2018 season.

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Matt Silverman: Rays Are 'Open To Everything'

Nov 7, 2016 6:59 AM

Matt Silverman says the Tampa Bay Rays will approach the offseason with open eyes after a disappointing season.

"When you only win 68 games, you're open to everything," Silverman told The Tampa Bay Times.

Marc Topkin notes that "everything" doesn't extend to Evan Longoria, who the Rays have no desire to trade.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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Rays 'Hellbent' On Return To Contention

Oct 4, 2016 4:53 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays are "hellbent" on a return to contention, according to Matt Silverman.

Silverman said that a broad-based sell-off shouldn't be expected despite a disappointing 2016.

"We have a lot of the guys in house, but we're going to need to make some changes and we're going to need to bring in some new players, too," Silverman said. "The core is intact, the core is talented, and if you listen to the players talk, if you listen to Kevin [Cash] and the coaches, they will tell you, too. There is still a lot of confidence, there is still a lot of optimism within our clubhouse, and that bodes well for next year."

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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MLB Record: Red Sox Strike Out 11 Straight Rays

Sep 25, 2016 7:37 PM

Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and right-hander Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record on Sunday in a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Rays To Sign Alexei Ramirez
Alexei Ramirez signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Padres last offseason.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Matt Duffy To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
The procedure would address lingering soreness stemming from a left Achilles injury earlier this season.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Rays Won't Allow Chris Archer To Lose 20 Games
Mike Maroth of the Tigers (2003) was the last pitcher to lose 20 games.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin Both Homer In First MLB At-Bats
Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge are the first pair of teammates in MLB history to hit back-to-back home runs in their first MLB at-bats.

ESPN.com

A-Rod Ends Yankees Career Going 1-For-4 In Win
Alex Rodriguez played one final inning at third base in Friday night's 6-3 Yankees win over the Rays.

ESPN.com

Miguel Sano Hits Baseball Off Tropicana Field Roof
Tropicana Field is known for its unique ground rules -- especially those pertaining to the catwalks.

Adrian Garro/MLB

Brad Miller Upset Over Reduced Role
Brad Miller was not happy last week when the Rays informed him that he would not longer be the team's starting shortstop when Matt Duffy came off the disabled list.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

Richard Justice/MLB

Giants Get Matt Moore From Rays
The Rays will reportedly receive Matt Duffy, some prospects and cash in the deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Indians Land Brandon Guyer In Trade With Rays
Tampa Bay will reportedly get outfielder Nathan Lukes and right-hander Jhonleider Salinas in the trade.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Giants Showing Interest In Rays' Matt Moore
Matt Moore is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays.

ESPN.com

Orioles Interested In Erasmo Ramirez
The Orioles would use Ramirez as a starter.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Indians Among Those Interested In Steve Pearce
Steve Pearce, 33, will be a free agent after the season and is owed just $4.75 million.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Rangers Getting 'Tons Of Calls' On Jurickson Profar
The Rays are among the interested teams.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Dodgers, Rays Involved In Trade Discussions
It is not clear if Evan Longoria is involved in the talks and it seems more likely that utility man Logan Forsythe is L.A.'s target.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Rays Telling Teams Chris Archer Isn't Available
The Rays have told inquiring teams that Chris Archer isn't available in a trade this month, barring an offer that "overwhelms them."

Buster Olney/ESPN

Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore
Matt Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

Trade Interest In Matt Moore Is Building
The Rays may be willing to trade Matt Moore and interest in the pitcher is believed to be building.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Marlins Targeting Trade For Jake Odorizzi Or Drew Pomeranz
The Marlins are looking for pitching and have held preliminary talks about trading for Jake Odorizzi of the Rays and Drew Pomeranz of the Padres, according to a source.

Jon Paul Morosi/MLB

Rays Dedicating Pride Night To Orlando Victims
The Rays are dedicating their annual Pride Night to the victims of Sunday's shooting in Orlando.

Associated Press