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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... 
 
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