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Tommy Pham: All-Star Process 'Never Going To Be Fair'

Jun 14, 2019 8:50 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have a 41-26 record and are one of baseball's best stories in the first half of the season.

However, Austin Meadows is the only member of the club that ranks among the top three at his position in the American League All-Star voting.

"We won't get credit, man," Tommy Pham told The Athletic. "It's always unfair. Big market vs. small market. It's never going to be fair."

Pham claims it's about the amount of exposure the big-market teams like New York and Boston get compared to the small-market ones like Tampa Bay.

"It's never going to be fair," he said. "It has to change because when you go into arbitration, that's a big thing that's talked about with accomplishments. Baseball has to be better to fix it. We're not getting any help either from ESPN. We haven't had an ESPN game all year. That's a way for fans to see us by putting us on one of those big-time games. But we continually never get put on, so all they see is the same players. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox -- the same teams are always on there.

"When you look at it, all right, we're in a small market, we're never on ESPN. We don't have a ton of national TV games. We're at a disadvantage."

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results

Jun 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft were held on Monday night.

Rounds 3 to 10 will be held on Tuesday, with Rounds 11 to 40 on Wednesday.

 

Round 1

1. Baltimore Orioles - Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida)

6. San Diego Padres: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Roswell, Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)

17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College

18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Illinois) HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS/3B, Texas A&M

22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover (North Carolina) HS

27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (Morristown, New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina

32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, Cal

 

Compensation Picks

33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy

34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State

 

Competitive Balance Round A

35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Tampa Bay Rays: J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, OF, Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor

 

Round 2

42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Selma, Alabama)

43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona

44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Georgia)

47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, OF, Federal Way (Washington) HS

49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy

50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy

53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Bellaire, Texas)

54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (Oakley, California)

56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana

58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Deering HS (Portland, Maine)

59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, LHP, TCU

60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State

61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia

63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (Hollywood, Florida)

64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley College

66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU

68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss

69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy

 

Competitive Balance Round B

70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State

71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston

73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason

74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, RHP, Michigan

 

Compensation Picks

78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis (Texas) HS

 

 

 

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Six Teams Could Be In Mix For Dallas Keuchel

May 30, 2019 10:18 AM

With the Major League Baseball Draft looming, as many as six teams could be in the mix to sign Dallas Keuchel.

Once the draft passes, teams will no longer have to surrender a draft pick as compensation for signing the pitcher.

Jon Heyman noted that the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers have been linked to Keuchel.

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Rays Keeping Tabs On Craig Kimbrel

May 13, 2019 8:21 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are among the clubs "keeping in touch" with Craig Kimbrel, according to a report.

Tampa Bay already has one of the league's top bullpens with a 3.21 ERA, third in the Major Leagues.

Over his last three seasons, Kimbrel averaged a 2.44 ERA and 36 saves with the Boston Red Sox.

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Power Outage At Tropicana Field Delays Game 43 Minutes

May 13, 2019 7:59 AM

Sunday's game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays was interrupted by a power outage at Tropicana Field.

The lights at the stadium went out after Austin Pruitt's first pitch to lead off the ninth inning.

The Rays said in a statement that "a failure of a main switch into the building caused the outage."

New York led 3-1 at the time of the delay. They went on to win 7-1.

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Rays Acquire Travis d'Arnaud From Dodgers

May 11, 2019 9:30 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Travis d'Arnaud to the Tampa Bay Rays just five days after signing him.

The catcher made one pinch-hit appearance for the Dodgers.

The Rays sent $100,000 to L.A. to complete the deal.

The 30-year-old is a lifetime .242 hitter, with 47 home runs and 164 RBIs over seven seasons with the New York Mets.

ESPN

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Blake Snell Suffers Broken Toe Getting Out Of Shower

Apr 17, 2019 7:43 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Blake Snell on the injured list with a broken toe.

Snell suffered a fractured fourth toe on his right foot when he got out of the shower and then attempted to move a large granite bathroom stand.

He is the reigning American League Cy Young winner.

"Really dumb," Snell said. "It's like a three-piece set and this pole that comes up like 2½, 3 feet. Went to move it, I lifted it up and it wasn't glued to the pole and the pole came crushing down."

Snell, 26, is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in four starts this season.

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Rays May Tint Roof To Help Track Fly Balls

Mar 28, 2019 8:46 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are exploring the possibility of using blue lights to tint the roof of Tropicana Field in hopes of making it easier for players to track fly balls during games.

The lights are part of a new LED lighting system installed throughout the team's home park.

They'll be used this season pending approval by Major League Baseball.

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Blake Snell Agrees To Five-Year, $50M Extension With Rays

Mar 21, 2019 5:55 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays and Blake Snell have agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension.

Snell was the AL Cy Young in 2018, finishing the season with a 1.89 ERA and a 21-5 record.

Snell's deal beats the previous records for players with less than three years of service in both total value and average value. Snell was not arbitration eligible as a player with two-plus years of service, either.

Tampa Bay will keep Snell for one projected free-agent season.

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Rays, Brandon Lowe Agree To Six-Year, $24M Extension
The Rays have agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract extension with utility man Brandon Lowe, according to a source.

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Charlie Morton Expecting To Retire After Current Contract
Charlie Morton, 35, signed a two-year, $30 million deal with Tampa this offseason.

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Blake Snell Receives $15.5K Raise After Winning Cy Young
The Rays have renewed Blake Snell's contract with a raise of just $15,500 after he won the American League Cy Young award in 2018.

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Rays Nearing Deal With Avisail Garcia
The deal would be for $3.5 million guaranteed, plus bonuses that could increase the value to $6 million.

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Rays Looking At Matt Davidson As Two-Way Player
Matt Davidson would likely serve as a corner infielder and also pitch in relief on occasion.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Rays Close Off Upper Deck At Tropicana Field
The Rays ranked next to last in Major League attendance last season.

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A's Acquire Jurickson Profar In Three-Team Trade With Rangers, Ray
The A's have a potential replacement for Jed Lowrie in Jurickson Profar.

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Mariners, Indians Complete Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana Swap
Carlos Santana is going back to the Indians as part of the three-team deal, which also includes the Rays.

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Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell Win Cy Young Awards
Both deGrom and Snell earned their first Cy Young award.

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Rays, Mariners Finalizing Trade Centered Around Mike Zunino
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
A hard-throwing right-hander, Sandy Gaston is considered one of the top international free-agent prospects.

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Rays Sign Kevin Cash To Multiyear Extension
The Rays had their best season since 2013.

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CC Sabathia Suspended Five Games For Actions
CC Sabathia has decided to appeal the suspension, which was scheduled to be served at the beginning of next 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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