What Rays Fans Can Be Thankful For

We are still very early in the off-season.  The market has hardly been set.  In Thanksgiving terms, we’re probably not even done with the Macy’s parade yet.  The largest free agent contract to this point is that of Marco Estrada.  That said, from a Rays standpoint, there are several things for fans to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches. (more…)

Rays Make Series of 40-Man Moves

On the day players had to be added to the 40-man roster to avoid being selected in the Rule Five draft, the Rays were quite active on Friday.  Tampa Bay selected five players in pitchers Blake Snell, Jake Faria, Taylor Guerrieri, and German Marquez, while also adding utility player Taylor Motter.  In addition, the Rays claimed RHP Chase Whitley off waivers from the Yankees. (more…)

The Good and Bad of the Kimbrel Trade for the Rays

The addition of Craig Kimbrel was a mix of good and bad news for the Rays.  On the bad side, it brings a pitcher with power stuff and one of the best five-year relief runs in the history of MLB to the AL East. (more…)

Who May Be Protected From December’s Rule 5 Draft

At the GM meetings in Boca Raton, it wasn’t exactly quiet for the Rays, but there were no moves made there.  However, that will change in a week as November 20th is another important date for the Rays as they prepare for 2016 and beyond. It’s the last day teams can add players to the 40-man roster, or risk losing them next month in the Rule 5 Draft.  As we’ve done in the past, here’s a simple way of explaining which players will not be protected unless they’re added to the 40-man roster: (more…)

Kiermaier Wins Gold Glove – Fifth Rays Player to Do So

Kevin Kiermaier was recognized on Tuesday night with a well-deserved Gold Glove Award, the fifth player in franchise history to do so.  Kiermaier joins first baseman Carlos Pena (2008), third baseman Evan Longoria (2009 and 2010), left fielder Carl Crawford (2010) and pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (2012) as previous members of the organization to win the Gold Glove. (more…)

Rays Trade Karns for SS Brad Miller in Six-Player Deal with Seattle

The Rays were extremely active in last year’s off-season, and this year’s Hot Stove already is toasty after a six-player deal was announced on Thursday night with the Seattle Mariners.  The Rays moved RHP Nathan Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and OF Boog Powell to Seattle for INF Brad Miller, IF/OF Logan Morrison and RHP Danny Farquhar. (more…)

Rays Arizona Fall League Observations

From Sunday-Wednesday, our broadcast department spent a significant amount of time with the Rays participants in the Arizona Fall League.  Each MLB team has seven players and a coach represented, with the 210 players divided among six clubs.  The AFL includes some of the top prospects in the game for about a five to six-week “season.”   (more…)

Learning From the Royals Success – What Can the Rays Take Away

With the World Series ending Sunday night, 29 clubs have officially begun their quest to unseat the World Champion Kansas City Royals.  Rays fans should be happy for the four ex-members of the organization who won a ring in Ben Zobrist, Wade Davis, Jonny Gomes and Dave Eiland.  At the same time, what can we learn from Kansas City winning its first title in 30 years? (more…)

Change in Toronto Likely Helps Rest of AL East

With Alex Anthopoulos leaving Toronto, I’m sure there are four teams in the AL East that are surprised, but also not disappointed.  When a team that won 93 games and the division loses its top decision maker just before the off-season officially begins, it has to have a detrimental effect. (more…)

World Series: Why Pitching and Defense Wins Again

Look at the final two teams left standing, and they fit the same mold that led the Rays to appear in the playoffs four times in six years: pitching and defense.  It’s not the same look that the Rays had, but there are some similarities. (more…)


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