Tampa Bay Rays Wiretap

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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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Signing

Rays, Brandon Lowe Agree To Six-Year, $24M Extension

Mar 20, 2019 7:55 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract extension with utility man Brandon Lowe, according to a source.

The deal includes a pair of club options and could keep Lowe, 24, with the Rays through his 32nd birthday.

Lowe still qualifies as a rookie after having just 129 at-bats in 43 games last season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

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

Charlie Morton Expecting To Retire After Current Contract

Mar 13, 2019 7:54 AM

Charlie Morton is "fully expecting" to retire after his current contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Morton, 35, signed a two-year, $30 million deal with Tampa this offseason.

The contract also contains a vesting option for the 2021 season, which leaves open the possibility that he'll pitch through his age-37 season.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

Blake Snell Receives $15.5K Raise After Winning Cy Young

Mar 11, 2019 8:06 AM

The Tampa Bay 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.

Snell, 26, isn't yet eligible for salary arbitration. He will earn $573,700 this year.

He has accrued 2 years, 72 days years of service -- this year's cutoff for arbitration was 2 years, 134 days.

The pitcher's agents, Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson of Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon, issued a statement on behalf of Snell.

"The Rays have the right under the collective-bargaining agreement to renew me at or near the league-minimum salary," the statement read.

"They also have the ability to more adequately compensate me, as other organizations have done with players who have similar achievements to mine. The Rays chose the former," he said. "I will have no further comment and look forward to competing with my teammates and field staff in our quest to win the World Series in 2019."

Associated Press

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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.

Juan Toribio/MLB

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

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.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

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

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."


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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.



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

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.


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

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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

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