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Rays Lose Closer Brad Boxberger for 8 Weeks

Tampa Bay Rays closer Brad Boxberger will miss at least the next eight weeks after having surgery to repair a core muscle, manager Kevin Cash told reporters Friday. The Rays will implement a closer by committee approach until he is able to return, likely sometime in May. Boxberger, 27, led the AL with 41 saves in 2015 and was an All-Star for the first time. That committee will be made up of  Alex Colome and lefty Xavier Cedeno. Steven Geltz and Danny Farquhar could be in the mix as well. The Rays renewed Boxberger’s contract at... 
 

Rays Swap Jake McGee for Rockies Corey Dickerson, Prospects Involved

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a trade to acquire outfielder Corey Dickerson and a prospect from the Colorado Rockies, for lefty reliever Jake McGee and a Rays prospect. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the deal, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post first said McGee was involved. Rosenthal tweets that the Rockies will be sending McGee and a minor league pitcher to the Rockies in exchange for Dickerson and a different minor league pitcher. The 29-year-old McGee posted a 2.41 ERA with an exceptional 32.9 strikeout rate... 
 

Rays Reach agreement with Steve Pearce on one-year deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an free agent Steve Pearce on a one-year deal. The deal is pending a physical. Pearce spent the past two season with the Baltimore Orioles and has hit 36 homers in 632 at-bats in that time. In 2014 Pearce had a career year when he hit .293/.373/.556, 157 OPS+, 26 2B, 21 HR in 383 plate appearances. Those number came back significantly in 2015, .218/.289/.422, 91 OPS+, 13 2B, 15 HR in 325 plate appearances. The deal was first announced by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Pearce will be able to give the... 
 

Rays Sign Grady Sizemore to Minor League Deal

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Tampa Bay Rays search for offense apparently will include signing Grady Sizemore to a minor league. The Rays announced today that they have signed veteran the outfielder to a minor league contract. Sizemore, who was recently released by the Phillies, will report to the team’s facility in Port Charlotte to begin workouts. The 33 year old hit .245 with no home runs and six RBI in 39 games with Philadelphia. Sizmore’s once promising career has been derailed with a series of injuries. he was a three times All... 
 

Rays Ink Ronald Belisario to Minor League Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent right-hander Ronald Belisario to a minor league deal according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Belisario was thought to on the verge of a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week before that deal fell through. The deal includes an invite to major league spring training. Bellisario will compete for two open spots in the Rays bullpen. Belisario is coming off an uninspiring 2014 season where he posted 5.56 ERA in 66.1 innings pitched while picking up eight saves in 12 chances. Over his career... 
 

Zobrist, Escobar Traded, Rays Shed Money, A’s Upgrade Middle Infield

Reports from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle have the Oakland Athletics acquiring middle infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in exchange for C/DH John Jaso and minor leaguers Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.  For the A’s it’s an upgrade up the middle with Escobar and Zobrist.  For the Rays it is a pairing of payroll that will save them $11.5 million or so depending on what Jaso who is 3rd year Arb eligible this season. Zobrist was in the last year of his 6 year $30 million dollar deal he signed with Tampa Bay.  This... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Reportedly Reach Agreement With Asdrubal Cabrera

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with free-agent middle infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal is contingent on Cabrera passing a physical. Cabrera, 29,  spent time in 2014 with the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals in 2014 hitting .241/.307/.387 with 14 home runs. He has a career .268/.330/.409/.740 slash line over eight MLB seasons. The deal is reportedly for one year at $8 million. Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist immediately become the subject of trade rumors as a result of the... 
 

Rays Deal Wil Myers in Blockbuster Trade with Padres, Nationals

The Tampa Bay Rays sent outfielder Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres as part of a three team trade that involved 11 players. Myers heads to San Diego as the centerpiece of the trade. San Diego also receives young minor league arms Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo along with big league catcher Ryan Hanigan as part of the deal. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay will get catcher Rene Rivera, right-hander Burch Smith and first base prospect Jake Bauers from the Padres. In addition, the Rays get outfielder Steven Souza and lefty pitcher Travis Ott from the Washington... 
 

Angels Acquire Rays Matt Joyce For Kevin Jepsen

The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bays agreed to a trade that will send fan favorite Matt Joyce to the west coast for reliever Kevin Jepsen. Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay coming to the Rays in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. He will join Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. “Matt was an important part of this team for the last six seasons. We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field, and the professionalism he brought to... 
 

Andrew Freidman Will Leave Rays To Join Dodgers

Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Freidman will leave the team to join the Los Angeles Dodgers as their new president of baseball operations. Speculation over the Dodgers pursing Freidman began shortly after the regular season ended. Ned Colletti, who has been the Dodgers general manager since 2005, will remain with the club in a new role as senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Dodgers, Stan Kasten. Friedman, in his role as president of baseball operations, will have the ability to hire a general manager. In Los Angeles, where the Dodgers had... 
 

Chris Archer Stepping up for the Tampa Bay Rays

It’s been something of a lost season for the Tampa Bay Rays. They got off to a terrible start, and at one point owned the worst record in baseball. A mid-season tear gave them a distant shot at playoff contention, but they went on a skid just prior to the trade deadline and sent ace pitcher David Price to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal. In a season where they were expected to content for the American League East title and possibly the pennant, the Rays will struggle to finish at .500. However, there have been bright spots to... 
 

August Trade Candidates: Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist

After months of speculation, the Tampa Bay Rays finally traded David Price just hours before the July 31 deadline, sending him to the Detroit Tigers in a three-way deal that netted them Wily Adames, Nick Franklin and Drew Smyly. Since the trade, their already slim playoff chances have dipped below five percent. More trades could be on the way for the Rays. One player that could be dealt is 33 year-old super utility player Ben Zobrist, who is under contract for $7 million this year with a $7.5 million team option for 2015 that includes a $500K buyout. Zobrist’s... 
 

Detroit Tigers Get David Price In 3-Team Deal

As it turns the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners had the players the Tampa Bay Rays wanted for David Price. The deal completed just short of the 4PM trade deadline sends Price to the Tigers in a three-team deal, that left many Rays fans scratching their collective heads. Tigers center-fielder Austin Jackson will head to Seattle. Tampa Bay will get infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, left-hander Drew Smyly and 18 year old shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Detroit. The Rays former Cy Young winner, Price is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA in 23 starts... 
 

David Price Has Pitched His Way Into Staying With Rays

Stop with the David Price trade rumors. Jon Morosi, Jim Bowden, Jon Heyman, Chris Coltillo step away from your keyboards. No more Tweets about the availability and potential destinations for the Rays resident ace. I love the guys at MLBTradeRumors.com, but it is time to stop. David Price isn’t going anywhere, at least he shouldn’t be. He has pitched his team back into the playoff chase and deserves to finish 2014 with the Rays. The Rays, who were 18 games under .500 (24-42) after play ended on June 10, are 27-11 since. The proverbial... 
 

Rays Joel Peralta Thinks He May Have Chikungunya Virus

Time for the truth. I wasn’t sure what Chikungunya virus was, but it didn’t sound like something I would want. Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta thinks he may have contacted the virus during the All-Star break while visiting the Dominican Republic. The virus is transferred by mosquitoes in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It has also recently been found in Caribbean countries. The symptoms of the chikungunya virus include virus infection, fever and joint pain. Headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, and rashes... 
 

Rays Set To Sign International Shortstop Prospect Adrian Rondon

The Tampa Bay Rays are set to sign international shortstop prospect Adrian Rondon, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, but technically cannot sign the the youngster until July 7 because he has yet to turn 16. Thats right, he is 15 years old. Rondon was considered the top prospect in the 2014 International Draft. He projects to be a shortstop at the Major League level. He is a slick defender and has shown gap to gap power at the plate. According to MLB Trade Rumors the Rays entered the signing period with only $1,998,100 in pool money... 
 

David Price is on the Trade Block, Like it or Not

With the Tampa Bay Rays owning the worst record in baseball at 32-48, ace pitcher David Price is on the trade block. Despite an ERA that is almost half a run higher than his career average, the 28 year-old left-hander is having his best season yet in more ways than one. After dominating the Pittsburgh Pirates, Price owns a 10.3/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which is easily the best mark in baseball. It’s been a disappointing season for the Rays, who were expected to compete for the American League East title, and perhaps make a World Series... 
 

Bad Mood For Rays David Price Means Bad News For Pirates

ST PETERSBURG, Fl — As it turns Rays ace David Price being in a bad mood over trade rumors turned out to be bad news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Price came up two outs short of a shutout, striking out 11 Pirates, marking the fifth straight game in which he has stuck out 10 or more batters, in route to a 5-1 victory. Price threw 120 pitches allowing just five hits and improved his record to 6-7 on the year and lowered his ERA to 3.63. The last pitcher with five straight starts of 10 strikeouts was Minnesota’s Johan Santana from June 20-July... 
 

Rays Rumors – Ben Zobrist Trade Possibilities

2014 has been a disappointing season for the Tampa Bay Rays, as they currently own the worst record in the major leagues. The Rays have several attractive trade chips on their roster, one of which is the versatile second baseman Ben Zobrist. He’s under contract for this season and has an affordable team option for 2015. While his production has declined slightly this year, he’s still a valuable player than can contribute in a variety of ways. Zobrist’s power production has dipped in the past couple seasons after hitting 20 home... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Make Change at Closer – Grant Balfour Out

There is probably not a manager in baseball more loyal to his players than Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon, but even he has a breaking point.  The Rays will go with a closer-by-committee approach to replace struggling right-hander Grant Balfour in the role, Maddon said Monday. “We’re going to go by committee right now,” Maddon told reporters. The move comes after Balfour’s latest meltdown allowing five runs with two outs in the ninth inning yesterday, in game that was a 0-0 tie with the Seattle Mariners. The Rays lost... 
 

Rays Ben Zobrist Dislocates Thumb – DL Stint Likely

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist dislocated his thumb sliding head first into second base on a steal attempt in the top of the fifth against the Seattle Mariners today and will likely be head to the disabled list. Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team will using Sean Rodriguez and Logan Forsythe at 2B in Zobrist’s absence. Durham infielder Cole Figueroa could also figure into the Rays plans.  The 26-year-old has a .299 average in 32 games at Durham this season. Over the last three seasons for the Bulls, he’s hitting .288. Figueroa... 
 

Rays Add Brad Boxberger to Bullpen

The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled reliever Brad Boxberger from AAA Durham according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  Boxberger has pitched six scoreless innings posting in four appearances for the Rays this season. Obtained during the off-season in a January trade with San Diego thats sent lefty Alex Torres to the Padres. Boxberger had a 1.29 ERA in six spring training games with Tampa Bay, and pitched in 18 games for San Diego last year. Boxberger has been shuffle back and forth to Durham this year. “I would just like to keep it going,... 
 

Rays DFA Heath Bell, Nate Karns Called Up

The Tampa Bay Rays have designated  Heath Bell for assignment and called up Nathan Karns form Durham to take his place on the roster. Bell has pitched to a 7.27 ERA in 13 games this season. The Rays will have 10 days to trade or release Bell before the 36-year-old can be sent to one of their minor league affiliates. Bell has a 4.91 ERA in parts of three seasons since signing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season. Karns, 26, was acquired from the Nationals in the Jose Lobaton trade this past offseason. While... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Extend Yunel Escobar

The Tampa Bay Rays like Yunel Escobar,  Escobar likes being in Tampa Bay, and the two sides agreed to a two-year extension covering 2015 and 2016 worth a guaranteed $13 million. The deal also includes a club option for 2017. The extension replaces a 2015 club option. “I really do feel happy here,” Escobar said through an interpreter. “I think it’s one of the best things that ever happened in my career. Fortunately we were able to do something and get this contract.” Escobar arrived in Tampa Bay last season in a trade... 
 

Rays Down Blue Jays Behind Chris Archer, Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays bounced back to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Thurday night behind a solid pitching performance from Chris Archer and a three run home run from Evan Longoria. Archer, who signed a $25.5 million dollar, six year deal Wednesday, worked through six innings, allowing two runs. He allowed four hits and struck out seven, issuing two walks. Still, Archer wasn’t satisfied with his performance. “I fell behind way too many times, that’s not the type of pitcher I want to be.” He also added, “I think... 
 

Buehrle, Bautista, Blue Jays Too Much For Rays

ST.PETERSBURG, Fl.– Mark Buehrle pitched into the ninth inning, Jose Bautista hit two solo home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight night 3-0. The win ends a winless road series streak against Tampa Bay for Toronto. The Blue Jays have not won a road series against the Rays since 2007. From the start Buehrle was masterful, allowing just four hits and striking out 11. He allowed one walk and missed his 29th complete game by one out. It was just the second time in 430 major league starts, Buehrle has... 
 

Chris Archer, Rays Reach Agreement on Extension

The Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander Chris Archer have reached an agreement on a six-year deal with two option years worth $25.5 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The Rays said that the deal guarantees Archer $25.5 million over the six years, and has the potential to reach a maximum value of $43.75 million and would begin this season, which would mean it would run through 2019, and it will include team options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Archer, 25 came to the Rays from the Chicago Cubs in 2011 in a deal that sent right-hander Matt... 
 

Blue Jays Bounce Back, Beat Rays 4-2

ST.PETERSBURG, Fl. — Toronto’s  Drew Hutchison pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just three hits to Tampa Bay, and Adam Lind gave the Blue Jays all the run support that was needed with a first inning three run homer to beat the Rays 4-2. Sergio Santos finished off a somewhat shaky ninth to earn his first save of the season. The Blue Jays lost the season opener to the Rays 9-2 on Monday. “I wasn’t sharp early at all, kind of grinded through that one,” Hutchison said. “I think coming out of spring training... 
 

Rays Add Erik Bedard On Minor League Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement on minor league deal with free agent left-handed starting pitcher Erik Bedard. The deal will include a spring training invite.  He was 4-12 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.48 WHIP an 138 strikeouts in 151 innings last season for the Astros. Bedard will join David Price, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, and Jake Odorizzi in the discussion for the Rays rotation or could be used out of the bullpen. The 34 year old Bedard has evolved into a bit of a soft tosser in recent years with a fastball that tops out... 
 

Jose Lobaton Trade Talks in Progress

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that several teams are interested in Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton. Several teams including the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, and Washington Nationals are in need of a backstop. Earlier this offseason, the Rays re-signed Jose Molina, and traded for Ryan Hanigan, making Lobaton expendable. The 29 year-old catcher saw the most playing time of his career in 2013, and he produced a .249/.320/.394 batting line with seven home runs for a... 
 

Jeremy Hellickson Has Elbow Surgery, Out until May

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last week, and will be sideline until sometime in May, according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Hellickson, the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year, had his worst season in 2013. In 31 starts, he pitched to a 5.17 ERA and 4.22 FIP, and his fastball velocity dropped a full mile to 90.5. It was a far cry from the past two seasons in which Hellickson managed ERAs of 2.95, and 3.10 despite peripherals that suggested his ERA should be in the 4.50 range.... 
 

Rays Bring Back Grant Balfour for Two Years, $12 million

Tampa Bay has been quietly making moves this offseason, adding Heath Bell and Ryan Hanigan in December and adding Logan Forsythe yesterday from San Diego. After reaching an agreement with Grant Balfour they presumedly have added a new closer. Balfour, who was previously signed by the Baltimore Orioles for $3 million more, had his contract voided due to a bad physical with controversy surrounding the results. From one AL East team to the other, Balfour has found his home on the Rays instead. The 36-year-old Australian native had a stellar 2013 campaign,... 
 

Rays Trade Alex Torres To Padres for Logan Forsythe

The Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres have agreed on a trade that will send left-hander Alex Torres to the Padres in exchange for infielder Logan Forsythe. The deal was first reported by Chris Coltillo of the MLB Daily Dish, confirmed by Rays beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times and will include additional players, likely minor league prospects. Update: Rays will also receive right-handers Matt Andriese, Matt Lollis and Brad Boxberger from the Padres, San Diego will receive right-hander Jesse Hahn, Torres became a important... 
 

Rays and Matt Joyce Reach Agreement

The Tampa Bay Rays are demonstrating that they are willing to spend money to keep their own players, at least for the short term. A day after agreeing to a one-year, $14 million deal with ace left-hander David Price to avoid arbitration, the Rays inked outfielder/DH Matt Joyce to a $3.7 million contract for 2014 on Friday. Like Price, Joyce has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors. An All-Star in 2011, the 29-year-old left-handed hitting corner outfielder batted .235 with a .747 OPS, 18 home runs and 47 RBI in 481 plate appearances for the Rays... 
 

David Price and Rays Avoid Arbitration

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with ace David Price to avoid arbitration. The deal is for $14 million as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times and represents a $4 million increase over last years salary. Price will be eligible for arbitration again in 2015 before  hitting the open market. Price started 27 games in 2013 with a 3.33 ERA and 151/27 K/BB ratio in 187 innings to follow up his Cy Young winning 2012 campaign. He has been the subject of trade talk throughout the offseason. While it appears he will begin 2014 with... 
 

Chone Figgins Works Out For Scouts at USF in Tampa

Chone Figgins worked out at USF Baseball Stadium today in front of scouts as he works his way back to the Major Leagues. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins were among the teams represented and Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon was in attendance. Figgins and Maddon go back to their Angels days and he would certainly fit into the mold of a reclamation project the Rays seem to have a knack for signing every year. Figgins took batting practice and infield and outfield drills and ran for the scouts. Figgins, 35 last played in 2012, in 66 games... 
 

Twitter Family Helps Tampa Bay Rays Fan Realize Dream

For most Tampa Bay Rays fans going to Tropicana Field to enjoy a game is easy. For avid Rays fan Randi Oomens, better known as Ro on Twitter, not so much. Twitter can be a great source of information, some good, some not so good, but every once in a while something special comes across your timeline. Such was the case when I happened on to a tweet about Ro, who was trying to figure out how to get to Opening Day at Tropicana Field. Let me explain why. Ro lives in Arizona, not exactly a hop, skip and a jump to The Trop. To complicate matters Ro is... 
 

Carroll, Nix, Francoeur, Slowey, Minor Moves Roundup

Jamey Carroll, Jayson Nix, Jeff Francoeur and Kevin Slowey recently signed minor league deals. Slowey, a 29 year-old right-hander, signed with the Miami Marlins. He threw 92 innings for the Marlins in 2013, posting an ERA of 4.11 and an FIP of 3.81. For his career, he’s walked only 3.8 percent of hitters while striking out 17.7 percent. With a fastball that sits at 89-90, and one of the lowest groundball rates of any starter in the majors, Slowey has had troubles with the longball, as shown by a career 1.4 HR/9. He’ll face stiff... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays and David Price’s Trade Value

The buzz swirling around Masahiro Tanaka is currently dominating the hot stove. Accordingly, the David Price trade rumors have taken a back seat. Still, the Tampa Bay Rays have a pretty big incentive to move their ace pitcher, who will likely command close to $15 million in arbitration. While the Rays would love to retain Price long-term, both parties know they can’t afford each other. Since becoming a starter in 2009, Price has been one of the best pitchers in the major leagues. His ERA- of 82 is 9th best, and he’s managed strikeout... 
 

Rays Add Jordan Norberto On Minor League Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays reportedly have reached an agreement with left-hander Jordan Norberto on a minor league deal. The deal was announced by Norberto on his Twitter account and conformed by Suasn Slusser as a minor league deal. Norberto is recovering form Tommy John surgery that was performed in June and much serve a 50 dame suspension the result of his ties to the Biogenesis scandal. He likely won’t be an option for the Rays until med-saeson at the earliest. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a 4.00 ERA and 65/51 K/BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Claim Jerry Sands From Pirates

It was not the most attention-grabbing move of the offseason, but it was one that reflects the Tampa Bay Rays low-risk, high reward philosophy with their free agent acquisitions. The Rays claimed 26-year-old first baseman/corner outfielder Jerry Sands off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sands has embarked on an odyssey over the last two years. In October 2012, he was packaged with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa as the players to be named later sent to Boston in the blockbuster deal that shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick... 
 

Rays Tim Beckham Will Miss Most of 2014 With Torn ACL

Tampa Bay Rays former number one draft pick Tim Beckham sustained an a torn ACL in his right leg while working out and will miss most of the 2014 season, accruing to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Beckham finally got his big league call up in September of last year going 3-for-7 (.429) in five games, and was expected to compete for a reserve infielder spot in the spring. Beckham, 24, has been in the Rays organization and has 2700 minor league plate appearances and a career .266/.332/.381 slash line during that time. Baseball America recently... 
 

Rays Re-Sign James Loney – Three Year Deal $21 Million

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with free-agent James Loney on a three-year deal worth $21 million according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal is pending a physical and represents the teams most significant signing this offseason. The Rays build run prevention in as an important component of the Rays brand of baseball and Loney brings defense to the team like no other Rays first-baseman before him, registering a 7.2 UZR/150 and +4 Defensive Runs Saved. All four starting infielders for Tampa Bay were Gold Glove Finalists for... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Interested in Juan Uribe

The Tampa Bay Rays are interested in free agent Juan Uribe according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports who said Uribe would play mostly at first base, some at second base, and could fill in for Evan Longoria at third base. Uribe, who will turn 34 before the 2014 season, is coming off a rebound year. In 132 games, he hit .278/.331/.438 with a 116 wRC+ and 5.1 fWAR. On a rate basis, Uribe produced more fWAR than Longoria, Manny Machado, or Adrian Beltre,  the top third basemen in the AL by fWAR. The previous two years, Uribe had a .199/.262/.289... 
 

Rays Acquire Ryan Hanigan, Heath Bell in Trade With Reds, D-Backs

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. The Arizona Diamondback have surfaced as a third team in the deal. The Reds will acquire left-hander David Holmberg from the Diamondbacks. Reliever Heath Bell will also be heading to Tampa Bay. Bell, 36, posted a 4.11 ERA and 72/16 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings this past season. He’s under contract for $9 million next year most of which will be paid by the Miami Marlins. The Diamondbacks will receive minor league lefty Justin Choate from the Rays... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Will Re-Sign Juan Carlos Oviedo

The Tampa Bay Rays will re-sign  righthander Juan Carlos Oviedo, the pitcher formerly known as Leo Nuñez, according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays declined a $2 million club option at the end of the season. Oviedo  spent the entire 2013 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery with Tampa Bay. Oviedo has thrown 357 innings to go along with a 4.34 ERA in his Major League career. The last pitched in the big leagues in 2011. Oviedo  saved 92 games with a 3.86 ERA during his three years with the Marlins. The Rays as is their... 
 

Yanks Sign McCann, Rays Sign Molina and So it Goes

Two teams in the American League East needed catchers this off season and both filled the need within a day of each other last week, albeit using vastly different strategies.  The New York Yankees signed free-agent Brian McCann to a five-year $85 million deal. The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed Jose Molina to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million. And so it goes in the American League East. The two deals reaffirm the differences between a big market team and a small market team. The difference in living large, and just getting by. McCann, who turns 30... 
 

Rays Reach Agreement With Jose Molina on Two-year Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with catcher Jose Molina on a two-year deal worth $4.5 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Earlier this week it was reported that the Rays and Molina were working on a deal to return in 2014. Molina hit .233./.290/.304 in 99 games for the Rays last season and likely would be teamed again with Jose Lobaton  as Tampa Bay’s catching combo. Last season Molina started a career-high 87 games and Lobaton 76. Defensively Molina had eight passed balls. The Rays like his game-calling and pitch-framing... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Will Trade David Price Only If…

When the Tampa Bay Rays extended Evan Longoria through 2022 for an additional $100 million, essentially the trade clock on David Price started ticking a little louder. Longoria became the face of the franchise and the first player with an opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Ray for life club. A similar decision on Price isn’t likely. Trading one of the club’s most valuable assets is a forgone conclusion in most baseball circles, but it does not have to be now. Rays Index projects the Tampa Bay payroll for 2014 to be $62.7 million with... 
 

Rays and Jose Molina Talking About Return in 2014

The Tampa Bay Rays and veteran catcher Jose Molina are reportedly working on a deal  to return in 2014 and perhaps beyond. Buster Olney reported that the two sides could be working on a two-year deal.  Tampa Bay Times writer Mark Topkin confirms that the deal could be finalized next week. At age 37 Molina batted .233./.290/.304 in 99 games for the Rays last season and clearly his best offensive of years are behind him. The team is enamored with his defensive play, handling pitchers and framing pitches. Barring a trade or a free-agent signing,... 
 
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