Matt Silverman Speaks About Coaching Staff, Trade

Rays President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman spoke with the media today via teleconference about the finalization of the 2015 coaching staff and the 11-player, three-team trade with the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals. Here is the full audio of this afternoon’s conference call:

Neil Solondz sat down with Silverman shortly after the conference call for a more in-depth conversation on the trade and the coaching staff for our This Week In Rays Baseball podcast, which will be posted later on today at


What the Wil Myers Trade Means

Trading players with potential is never easy, but in moving Wil Myers the Rays did something they believe will make them better in 2015 as well as beyond.   On the surface, this move does differ from the others the Rays have made this off-season. (more…)

The Wil Myers Trade: A Breakdown

It’s not often you have three-team, 11-player deals.  Here’s a look at each team, with the perspective on the players the Rays received first: (more…)

Rays Promote Foley, Add Montoyo and Baldelli to Coaching Staff

The Rays have filled out their coaching staff for 2015, and have done so by promoting from within.    Tom Foley has been moved from third base coach to bench coach.  Charlie Montoyo, the manager of Triple-A Durham the past eight seasons, has been named third base coach, and former Rays player and most recently special assistant Rocco Baldelli is now the team’s first base coach. (more…)

Joyce Traded to Angels for RHP Jepsen, Needed With McGee Injury

For months it’s been rumored the Rays will trade either Matt Joyce or David DeJesus.  On Tuesday that shoe dropped, with Joyce moved to the Angels for RHP Kevin Jepsen.  The reason for trading for Jepsen became obvious when the Rays also released that LHP Jake McGee will start 2015 on the DL after having a loose body removed on Friday from his pitching elbow. (more…)

It’s Go Time For Cash After His Introductory News Conference

Kevin Cash showed humor, passion, and a desire to focus on baseball in his introductory news conference with Matt Silverman at Tropicana Field on Monday.   With his wife, three children and parents among the relatives on site, Cash publicly put on number 16 for the first time. (more…)

What’s Most Important This Time of Year

While I know many of you are interested in who will be added to the Rays coaching staff, or what players may be traded or acquired over the next few weeks, this post will be about anything but that.   Today is the start of an important event for the Rays with the resumption of Thanksmas. (more…)

Rays Lose Oscar Hernandez in Rule 5 Draft – Analysis

The Rule 5 draft was the one area at the Winter Meetings where the Rays were directly impacted, when catcher Oscar Hernandez was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first overall pick.  That doesn’t mean that they’ve lost Hernandez for good.   (more…)

Thoughts on Winter Meetings – Day 3

While many of the deals haven’t officially been announced, the Dodgers were certainly the most active club on what was probably the day that saw the most movement at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.  One of those moves had at least for the time being a negative impact on one of the Rays division opponents. (more…)

Thoughts on Winter Meetings – Day Two

As we’ve learned, the “winner” of the Winter Meetings is rarely the winner the following October.  However, at least in terms of headlines, the additions of Jon Lester and Miguel Montero made the Chicago Cubs the headline winners on Tuesday. (more…)


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