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MLB winter meetings: Burch Smith selected by the Mets; traded to the Royals in the Rule 5 Draft

December 14th, 2017

The Rays lose a pitching prospect during the draft With the 6th overall selection in the Rule 5 Draft, the New York Mets acquired RHP Burch Smith from the Tampa Bay Rays, and have traded him to the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. Smith, 27, has some major league experience under his belt, making his debut during the 2014 season. He made 10 appearances (7 starts, 3 in relief) for the San Diego Padres that season, but was shutdown towards the end of the year with a forearm strain. The following off-season, he would be included in a trade that brought Wil Myers to San Diego, as he was... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Rule 5 draft today

December 14th, 2017

The Rule 5 draft starts today. Like, right now. At 9:00. The Rays have a spot open, so they could make a pick if they see a player they like. They also have several players they’re likely to lose. Read about those players here. (But do it quickly. Surely out of date by the time you’re reading this!). You can watch the Rule 5 draft live, here. Edit, 9:20: Well, actually you can’t. MLB had computer problems. No feed. But MLBTR has the updated picks. The Mets selected Burch Smith and the Rays passed. Since it’s Rule 5 draft day, it’s time for Rays fans to remember Josh Hamilton. Here’s... Read More

MLB winter meetings: Listen live to the Rule 5 Draft

December 14th, 2017

listen live as one of the most exciting events of the off-season progresses The main event of the MLB winter meetings as finally arrived as the annual Rule 5 Draft will take place at 9am this morning. The draft serves as the conclusion to the nearly week long baseball extravaganza that takes place each December, with each team packing up and heading home following the event. The Rule 5 Draft usually goes by with most clubs not bothering to make selections, whether it be do their 40-man roster already being full or just not having enough interest in any of the available players taking up a spot... Read More

Four Rays could be taken in the Rule 5 draft

December 14th, 2017

JJ Cooper comes down with Rule 5 fever every year and puts out the most comprehensive list of prospects that could be taken. The list ends up around 100 deep. Usually only about 15 are taken and of those 15 only about 25-30% of players stick with their new organization. Cooper’s list of top five prospects available include players in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system. RHP Burch Smith Coming in at number one is right hand pitcher Burch Smith. Smith missed all of 2015 and 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery but came back looking like the player who was once an intriguing prospect.... Read More

How the Marcell Ozuna trade impacts the Rays talks with Cardinals

December 13th, 2017

Cardinals’ acquisition of Ozuna could helps Rays’ leverage ORLANDO — The Cardinals have just acquired the Marlins’ OF Marcell Ozuna per Craig Mish: Ozuna to Cardinals is done — Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 13, 2017 The St. Louis Cardinals have around 8 right-handed outfielders, and Danny Russell outlined the ones the Rays’ could be interested in. With the Ozuna trade, the Cardinals now have nine right-handed outfielders, and will surely be looking to unload those bats to another team. Could that team be the Rays? Possibly, it all depends on what the return is for the Marlins,... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Alex Colome follows St Louis Cardinals instagram account

December 13th, 2017

Colome follows Cardinals accounts, Rays make another trade with more to come, lots of former Rays things going on The winter meetings are in full force, meaning nothing is actually happening, just a lot of talk about what ifs and could haves and might be’s going on. The Tampa Bay Rays have actually been one of the most active teams as they have made two trades already and are likely progressing towards a third trade in which they’ll acquire international spending money in order to sign Jelfry Marte. However, the Rays are still looking to make moves and the most popular name of the meetings... Read More

MLB Trade Rumors: The Cardinals’ trade chips for the Rays’ Alex Colome

December 13th, 2017

The Rays need a right-handed outfielder. The Cardinals have them. From the abundance of the Instagram follows, the heart speaks. Alex Colome follows only 23 accounts on Instagram. His four latest are interesting … pic.twitter.com/RQoAZTljQb — Drew Silva (@drewsilv) December 13, 2017 If Alex Colome is indeed heading to the Cardinals, what are the Rays looking to acquire from St. Louis? Earlier this offseason, JT Morgan looked into several players on the St Louis Cardinals whom the Rays should look to acquire in any deal, with right-handed outfielders being the easy target—the Cardinals... Read More

MLB trade rumors: Rays should target speed this offseason

December 12th, 2017

Is speed the new 2%? In Kevin Cash’s press conference on Monday, a reporter asked the Rays manager what he saw going forward as an advantage. Here was his response: I think that speed is a big part of the game and I think power is kind of what everybody is paying for […] Speed doesn’t really go away. Cash also spoke very highly of Mallex Smith, saying that he “ignited us” and was looking forward to “taking of the reigns”. The same reporter followed up his question with asking Kevin Cash: “Is there room to have two speed guys in the outfield right now, or is the game too... Read More

Rays sign international free agent Jelfry Marte; acquire $1 million from Seattle

December 12th, 2017

The Rays make another big addition in international free agency. Update 2: The Rays have acquired $1 million from the Mariners, which is enough money to sign another prospect in this window, should they make a match. Source: The Rays received $1 million in international slot money back from Seattle in today’s trade. — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 13, 2017 The Rays should have approx. $600,000 remaining in this window, and there are plenty of fish left in the sea. *** Update: The Rays have indeed acquired international money, from the Seattle Mariners: The Mariners have acquired... Read More

Rays acquire infielder Ryan Schimpf from the San Diego Padres

December 12th, 2017

Minor leaguer Deion Tansel heads to the Padres in return The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league infielder Deion Tansel. Schimpf, 29, has huge power potential, having averaged one homerun per every 15 plate appearances thus far in his brief major league career (527 plate appearances). Per the team press release, his 12.97 AB/HR ratio over the last two seasons ranks sixth in the majors and third in the National League (min. 500 PA), behind Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (11.74) and Los Angeles’ Cody Bellinger (12.31). A New... Read More

MLB trade rumors: Ranking Rays trade chips from least likely to most likely

December 12th, 2017

A few familiar faces will be gone, but don’t believe everything you hear This week Rays general manager Erik Neander will have a lot of options when discussing potential deals with other general managers this week at the winter meetings. The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of MLB talent that have varying degrees of value and interest in the trade market. The roster could look very different come opening day or it could look mostly the same with a few changes on the margin. Almost any player could be dealt, but who is most likely to be dealt? It depends on what tier of talent that player is in. Tier... Read More

MLB trade rumors: Finding a return for Alex Colome

December 12th, 2017

What could teams offer for the All-Star closer? On Monday it was reported that the Rockies, Cardinals, Mets and Cubs have all shown interest in Rays closer Alex Colome. Hearing #Cardinals aren’t only team hot for #Rays Colome, also #Rockies (as @BNightengale said) and #Mets. #Cubs may be in there too. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 11, 2017 With the reliever market going quickly, and arms like Brandon Morrow, Pat Neshak, and Luke Gregorson all getting at least two year deals between $11 million and $22 Million, Colome seems like a great deal for a team looking for a cheap, controllable... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays make a trade on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings

December 12th, 2017

*Quickly Googles who Joey Wendle is* Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, and the rumors keep on coming! Are the Rockies interested in Colome? Are teams really making serious pitches for Chris Archer and Evan Longoria? What’s the free food situation really like? That last one is a public question from me to Jared Ward. Also, make sure to follow @Jaredsward , to get all the latest info from the Winter Meetings from DRaysBay’s man on the beat! The Rays made a small move, adding a utility infielder (we do so love our utility infielders): We’ve acquired INF Joey Wendle from Oakland in exchange... Read More

Rays acquire IF Joey Wendle from A’s

December 12th, 2017

Tampa Bay got the winter meetings off to a fast start by swapping a PTBNL or cash considerations for the infielder. On Monday, the Rays acquired infielder Joey Wendle from the A’s in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. We’ve acquired INF Joey Wendle from Oakland in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. pic.twitter.com/IluFjxlMKU — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) December 11, 2017 Wendle, 27, was designated for assignment by Oakland on Dec. 7 after it signed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit. In 14 plate appearances at the major league level... Read More

This Date in Tampa Bay Rays History – 1998, they signed DH Jose Canseco

December 11th, 2017

The Devil Rays made a huge splash in free agency on this date in 1998 On December 10th, 1998 the Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed former American League MVP, Jose Canseco to a two year deal. The controversial slugger had a storied past and had dealt with nagging injuries, making his list of suitors dwindle during that off-season, despite a fantastic 1998 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays in which he slashed .237/.318/.518 with a career high of 46 HR and he also stole 29 bases on the year. Canseco surged during the beginning of his run with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as he had over 30 HR by the All... Read More

2017 MLB winter meetings open thread

December 11th, 2017

The latest news and rumors swirling about The 2017 MLB winter meetings are underway, and thus far they’re off to a slow start. So far, the off-season has been slow to develop with mega stars, Giancarlo Stanton and Shoehi Ohtani, clogged the market. But, with Stanton’s trade to the New York Yankees finally completed and Ohtani choosing the Los Angeles Angels, the market has started to move along. (The New York Yankees have announced a 2pm press conference to introduce Giancarlo Stanton for the first time as a Yankee) Early this morning, the main Tampa Bay Rays rumor swirling about, revolves... Read More

The Rays have never entered a rebuilding stage, and they won’t start now

December 11th, 2017

The myth of the Rays “Tank” — why it would be surprising to see names as big as Archer and Longoria moved this week Despite being the name of both a Tropicana ballpark feature and the daily DRaysBay article linking to all your Rays news, the Tampa Bay Rays have never really gone the route of the Marlins and fully tanked. (In wrestling terms: A Full Loria.) Sure, the team has ranked in the bottom three of MLB payrolls each of the past five years, but the team has never truly cashed in on their top chips as is being rumored (and suggested) in certain areas this offseason. With rumors... Read More

This Date in Tampa Bay Rays History – In 2009, traded RHP Jesse Chavez to the Atlanta Braves for RHP Rafael Soriano

December 11th, 2017

“We aren’t getting a $7M closer” – Sternberg, just days before getting a $7M closer On this date in 2009, just days after Tampa Bay Rays owner, Stuart Sternberg claimed the Rays would not be acquiring a $7M closer, the Rays went out and acquired RHP Rafael Soriano from the Atlanta Braves for RHP Jesse Chavez. Soriano would make $7M during the 2010 season. A chain of events led the Rays to being able to acquire Soriano as the reliever surprised the Atlanta Braves by accepting arbitration instead of becoming a free agent. Not wanting to be tied down to his salary commitment in 2010,... Read More

MLB winter meetings: Kevin Cash is excited about the youth movement

December 11th, 2017

The skipper thinks the team has a lot of potential to build on The winter meetings are in full swing and the first thing on the ticket was a press conference with Rays’ skipper Kevin Cash. Of course, the first thing to come up was trade speculation. “When you have good players, people are going to ask about them”. Cash said that the Rays are still going to have a core group and trade chatter is not going to affect the players. However it would be an interesting meeting as the two big targets — Ohtani and Stanton — were off the market and had been taking up a lot of teams’ time. Speaking... Read More

DRaysBay Goes to the Winter Meetings

December 11th, 2017

The 2017 Winter Meetings are finally here! Although there is always a lot of buzz surrounding the Winter Meetings, the Rays historically don’t pull any big trades during the Winter Meetings. The trade that brought Logan Morrison and Brad Miller to Tampa Bay happened before the meetings, and both Wil Myers trades and the Jake McGee/Corey Dickerson trade happened after. Even though Rays’ trades typically don’t happen during the meetings, the groundwork for those and other trades are laid out, and it is the scene where the early stages of the trades form. Welcome sign at the Winter... Read More