Tampa Bay Rays Wiretap

Rays Nearing Deal With Avisail Garcia

Jan 15, 2019 7:56 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are nearing a contract agreement with Avisail Garcia.

The deal would be for $3.5 million guaranteed, plus bonuses that could increase the value to $6 million.

After an All-Star season in 2017, Garcia was limited by a hamstring injury last year and hit just .236/.281/.438.

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

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Rays Looking At Matt Davidson As Two-Way Player

Jan 14, 2019 8:04 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly looking at Matt Davidson in free agency as a potential two-way player.

Davidson would likely serve as a corner infielder and also pitch in relief on occasion.

The 27-year-old hit .228/.319/.419 with 20 home runs in 496 plate appearances for the Chicago White Sox last season. 

He also appeared on the mound three times, all in blowout games, striking out two batters in three scoreless innings.

Davidson told 670 The Score last year that he would be open to a two-way role.

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

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Rays Close Off Upper Deck At Tropicana Field

Jan 7, 2019 7:59 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are eliminating all seating in the upper deck for 2019 in an effort to create a more "intimate" experience for fans at Tropicana Field.

The Rays ranked next to last in Major League attendance last season.

They will add a premium seating section in the lower level but will no longer seat fans in the upper deck, which reduces capacity at the stadium by more than 5,000 seats to approximately 25,000 to 26,000.

That would be about 10,000 seats smaller than capacity at any other stadium in baseball.

"These renovations mark our continued commitment to providing a first-rate fan experience at Tropicana Field," Matt Silverman said in a statement. "Together, in concert with the reduction in seating capacity, these investments will help create a more intimate, entertaining and appealing experience for our fans."

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A's Acquire Jurickson Profar In Three-Team Trade With Rangers, Ray

Dec 21, 2018 1:54 PM

The Oakland A's have acquired Jurickson Profar from the Texas Rangers as part of a three-team trade.

The Rays get reliever Emilio Pagan and the 38th overall pick in the 2019 draft from the A's and minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy from the Rangers.

The Rangers receive Rays minor league relievers Brock Burke, Kyle Bird and Yoel Espinal, A's minor league infielder Eli White and international slot money.

Profar hit .254 last season with 20 homers. Profar played mainly shortstop and third base last season, but he could also be a replacement for Oakland at second base if Jed Lowrie.

 

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mariners, Indians Complete Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana Swap

Dec 14, 2018 8:05 AM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Cleveland Indians.

Carlos Santana is going back to the Indians as part of the three-team deal, which also includes the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Indians will receive Jake Bauers from the Rays, while Tampa Bay will get Yandy Diaz from Cleveland.

Tampa Bay will send $5 million to Seattle, and the Mariners will pay $6 million to Cleveland.

The Indians also are sending minor league pitcher Cole Sulser to the Rays and the 77th pick in the 2019 competitive balance draft to the Mariners.

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell Win Cy Young Awards

Nov 15, 2018 8:01 AM

Jacob deGrom and Blake Snell each won their first Cy Young award on Wednesday.

deGrom took home National League honors after leading all of baseball in ERA. The New York Mets right-hander received 29 first-place votes and 207 points.

"I want to thank the baseball writers for this honor," deGrom said. "I'm extremely humbled to win this award along with some other great former Mets such as Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and R.A. Dickey. I'd especially like to thank my teammates, coaching staff and my family."

Snell was the American League winner in his first full Major League season. The Tampa Bay Rays lefty went 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA, and he led all starters with a .178 batting average allowed.

He earned 17 first-place votes and 169 points in voting.

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Tags: New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Rays, Mariners Finalizing Trade Centered Around Mike Zunino

Nov 8, 2018 7:44 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing a trade with the Seattle Mariners that will land them Mike Zunino, according to a report.

The Mariners would send Zunino and Guillermo Heredia to the Rays for Mallex Smith.

It was reported earlier this week that Seattle is considering a full-scale rebuild.

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Rays Agree To $2.61M Bonus With Cuban Prospect Sandy Gaston

Oct 25, 2018 8:06 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $2.61 million signing bonus with 16-year-old Cuban pitching prospect Sandy Gaston.

The deal is pending a physical.

A hard-throwing right-hander, Gaston is considered one of the top international free-agent prospects and received attention from several teams, including the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles.

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Rays Sign Kevin Cash To Multiyear Extension

Oct 10, 2018 8:12 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Kevin Cash to a multiyear extension.

The Rays had their best season since 2013. They finished third in the American League East with a 90-72 record.

Cash is now signed through 2024, with a club option for the 2025 season.

"Kevin has a long list of positives. ... It's been a joy to see him blossom," general manager Erik Neander said. "He's very deserving of this extension. We're excited for the years ahead."

Cash, 40, had one year remaining on a five-year, $5 million deal he signed when he replaced Joe Maddon after the 2014 season.

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CC Sabathia Suspended Five Games For Actions

Sep 29, 2018 6:23 PM

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in Thursday's contest against the Rays.

Major League Baseball announced the penalties Saturday, two days after Sabathia was ejected for plunking Rays catcher Jesus Sucre in apparent retaliation.

Sabathia has decided to appeal the suspension, which was scheduled to be served at the beginning of the 2019 season.

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Kolten Wong Upset Rays Didn't Call Up His Brother
Kean Wong was named the Triple-A All-Star Game MVP for the International League in July. He was a fourth-round pick by the Rays in 2013, and this is his second season in AAA.

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Rays Not Expected To Trade Sergio Romo
Sergio Romo was claimed on revocable waivers, but the Rays pulled him back.

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Rays Land Another Top Prospect To Complete Chris Archer Deal
The Rays have received another top-100 prospect as the player to be named later in last month's Chris Archer trade with the Pirates.

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Pirates Acquire Chris Archer From Rays
Chris Archer is a two-time All-Star.

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Phillies Acquire Wilson Ramos From Rays
Wilson Ramos is batting .297 with 14 home runs this season for the Rays.

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Rays Acquire Tommy Pham From Cardinals
Tommy Pham is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 98 games this season for the Cardinals.

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Rays Have Asked Teams To Make Best, Final Offers For Chris Archer
The Dodgers, Yankees, Braves, Brewers and Padres have been linked to Chris Archer.

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Rays 'More Willing Than Ever' To Trade Chris Archer
Chris Archer is controllable through 2021 on a team-friendly deal.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Braves Acquire Jonny Venters From Rays
The Braves have acquired Jonny Venters from the Rays for an international roster slot.

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Diamondbacks Acquire Matt Andriese From Rays
The Rays received minor league catcher Michael Perez and right-handed pitcher Brian Shaffer in the deal.

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Red Sox Acquire Nathan Eovaldi From Rays
The Rays will receive minor league left-hander Jalen Beeks.

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Padres May Be Making Push For Chris Archer, Noah Syndergaard
The Padres were thought to be in rebuilding mode when they traded two relievers last week, but that may not be the case.

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Rays Unveil Plans For New $900M Stadium
The Rays have revealed plans for a new domed stadium that would take them across Tampa Bay to the Ybor City section of Tampa at a cost of nearly $900 million.

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Chris Archer Calls Out Peers After Blake Snell's All-Star Snub
Chris Archer went public with his displeasure following Blake Snell's omission from the American League All-Star roster.

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Nationals Targeting Reunion With Wilson Ramos
The Nationals are targeting a reunion with Wilson Ramos as they attempt to upgrade at catcher.

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Rays Expected To Trade Wilson Ramos, Other Veterans
Wilson Ramos, Adeiny Hechavarria, Carlos Gomez and Sergio Romo are among those likely to be dealt.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Brewers Trade Ji-Man Choi To Rays For Brad Miller
The Brewers assigned infielder Brad Miller to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday.

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Third Rays Prospect Needs Tommy John Surgery
Anthony Banda will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his pitching elbow.

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Blake Snell Ties AL Record With 7K's To Begin Game
Blake Snell tied the American League record with seven consecutive strikeouts to start Sunday's game between the Rays and Mariners.

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Nathan Eovaldi Understands After Being Pulled From No-Hit Bid
He wasn't happy at first, but Nathan Eovaldi understands why the Rays pulled him from a potential no-hitter on Wednesday night.

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