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O's Send Prospect To Rays For Tim Beckham

Jul 31, 2017 6:41 PM

In the end, the Orioles didn't trade relievers Zach Britton or Brad Brach. They didn't deal away Welington Castillo or Seth Smith. Instead, Baltimore added both pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and shortstop Tim Beckham in advance of Monday's Trade Deadline.

Dan Duquette cited Beckham's pedigree as a former No. 1 Draft pick (in 2008) and his upside as key in the deal, which sent Minor League pitcher Tobias Myers to Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old Beckham batted .259/.314/.407 (82-for-317) with five doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, 31 runs, and 36 RBIs in 87 games with the Rays this season.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Mets Trade Lucas Duda To Rays For Minor League Pitcher

Jul 28, 2017 9:05 AM

The New York Mets have traded Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitcher Drew Smith.

The Rays will be responsible for all of Duda's remaining $2.5 million salary, according to a report.

Duda is expected to be in the lineup as the Rays' designated hitter on Friday night.

"He's got a long red-eye flight tonight. He'll get in here, and the plan is to DH him tomorrow," Kevin Cash said. "If you think that you're adding a guy like that here with two months, that's a pretty special bat to get."

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Rays Acquire Sergio Romo From Dodgers

Jul 23, 2017 12:55 AM

The Rays acquired relief pitcher Sergio Romo from the Dodgers on Saturday for cash considerations.

The Dodgers designated Romo for assignment on Thursday and had 10 days to trade him, release him or outright him to the minors.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Colby Rasmus Steps Away From Baseball

Jul 14, 2017 7:32 AM

Colby Rasmus has decided to "step away from baseball," according to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays have placed Rasmus on the restricted list.

According to sources, the Rays do not expect Rasmus to return to the club. He signed a one-year, $5 million deal as a free agent in January and had only played in 37 games after undergoing hip surgery in October.

"The Rays fully support Colby's decision," the team said in a statement. "... We are thankful for his contributions to our team. And we wish him and his family the best as they move forward."

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Gary Sanchez To Logan Morrison: Don't Blame Me For Snub

Jul 6, 2017 7:37 AM

Gary Sanchez had a basic response after Logan Morrison said the catcher didn't belong in the Home Run Derby.

"It's not my fault he didn't get selected," Sanchez said.

Morrison said earlier this week that while a great player, Sanchez didn't belong in the annual home run competition. Morrison has 24 home runs this season, tied for second in baseball, but he didn't get an invitation. Sanchez has 13 home runs in an injury-shortened first half.

"Gary shouldn't be there,'' Morrison told the Tampa Bay Times. "Gary's a great player, but he shouldn't be in the Home Run Derby.

"I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Logan Morrison: Gary Sanchez Doesn't Belong In Home Run Derby

Jul 5, 2017 8:17 AM

Logan Morrison didn't get an invitation to next week's Home Run Derby and he isn't happy.

Morrison has 24 home runs, tied for second in the Major Leagues, while participant Gary Sanchez has launched just 13 homers.

"Gary shouldn't be there,'' Morrison said. "Gary's a great player, but he shouldn't be in the Home Run Derby.

"I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago."

Sanchez has the fewest home runs among those competing in this year's competition, but he missed more than a month of the season because of a strained biceps.

"I'm not disappointed," Morrison said. "It's par for the course. I play for the Rays. I get it. They can't even get my picture right. When they put my name up there, they put Corey [Dickerson's] picture up there ... on MLB Network. When they put up the home run leaders, they put Corey's swing on there -- not mine.''

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Tags: New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Braves Seeking Trade For Controllable Starter

Jun 28, 2017 8:54 AM

The Atlanta Braves would like to trade for a top-of-the-rotation starter and have Chris Archer and Jose Quintana on their wish list.

They also had scouts watching Sonny Gray over the weekend.

However, the Braves have more interest in Archer and Quintana because they are under contract longer.

Archer is under contractual control for four more seasons, including club-friendly options in 2020 ($9 million) and 2022 ($11 million).

Quintana's deal runs through 2020 including two option years. He will make about $31 million in 2018-20, assuming the options are exercised.

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

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Rays Release Derek Norris

Jun 28, 2017 8:49 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have released Derek Norris after he cleared waivers.

The move was made to make room for Wilson Ramos, who will be activated from the 60-day disabled list.

Tampa Bay added Norris before the season after he was let go by the Washington Nationals.

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

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Rays Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria From Marlins

Jun 27, 2017 7:43 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins in exchange for two minor leaguers.

The Rays say he's a "Gold Glove-caliber" defender who's also capable of making them better offensively.

Tampa Bay will most likely make room for Hechavarria at shortstop by shifting Tim Beckham from the position to play second base.

"We certainly feel we have as good a chance as anybody," senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said, adding that Hechavarria is a "talented player who's going to help us win."

Braxton Lee and pitcher Ethan Clark will go to Miami in the deal.

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Marlins Could Trade Adeiny Hechavarria Very Soon

Jun 23, 2017 10:44 AM

The Miami Marlins are expected to trade shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in the next few days, according to rival executives.

Miami is shopping for offers.

Hechavarria, 28, has an additional year of team control remaining. The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles are rumored to be interested in a deal.

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Rays Acquire Trevor Plouffe From A's
Trevor Plouffe batted .214 with seven home runs in 58 games with the Athletics.

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early.

RealGM Staff Report

Rangers Nearing Sam Dyson Trade
The Rays and Twins have been linked to Dyson.

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Rays Call Up Jose De Leon To Boost Bullpen
The Rays called up Jose De Leon to pitch out of the bullpen on Monday after they played a 15 inning game the day prior.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Salvador Perez Claims HBP From Chris Archer Was Intentional
Salvador Perez took issue with being on the receiving end of a 96-mph errant fastball from Chris Archer on Wednesday night.

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Rays Acquire International Slot From Mariners
The Rays have acquired an international signing slot from the Mariners for right-hander Bryan Bonnell.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox Trade Peter Bourjos To Rays
The deal opens up a spot for prospect Jacob May on Chicago's Major League roster.

Scott Merkin & Matt Kelly/MLB

Rays, Yankees Interested In Trade For Nick Ahmed
The Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Nick Ahmed and the Rays and Yankees have been mentioned as potential destinations.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Chris Archer Won't Rejoin Team USA For WBC
Chris Archer will not rejoin Team USA for the World Baseball Classic after being told that he would not pitch in the final round of the tournament.

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Rays Have Had Conversations About Adding Derek Norris
The Rays "continue to have conversations" about adding Derek Norris, who was placed on waivers by the Nationals over the weekend.

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Rays, Kevin Kiermaier Agree Upon Six-Year Extension
The Tampa Bay Times has reported that the deal could be worth more than $50 million.

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Longoria Remains 'Upset' With Forsythe Trade
Evan Longoria is having a hard time not having Logan Forsythe on the team this season.

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Rays Have Made Offer To Matt Wieters
The Rays have enough interest in Matt Wieters that they've made him a formal contract offer, according to a report.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Rays, Nathan Eovaldi Agree To One-Year, $2M Deal
Free-agent Nathan Eovaldi is recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn't expected to pitch this season.

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Rays, Yankees Made Strong Pushes To Sign Sergio Romo
While he ultimately signed with the Dodgers, the Rays and Yankees made strong pushes to sign Sergio Romo this offseason.

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Rays Have Inquired With Rangers About Jurickson Profar
The Rays have at least checked with the Rangers about the availability of Jurickson Profar, according to two sources.

Evan Grant/Dallas News

Rays Looking For Bat After Trading Logan Forsythe
The Rays would like to add a hitter after dealing Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Dodgers Send Pitching Prospect To Rays For Logan Forsythe
The Dodgers have sent highly regarded prospect Jose De Leon to the Rays.

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Smokeless Tobacco Banned At Rays Home Games
The St. Petersburg city council has given final approval to an ordinance banning use of smokeless tobacco at organized sporting events, including games at Tropicana Field, the home of the Rays.

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Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman
The Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Twins for Brian Dozier.

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