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Friday, May 25, 2018

Alex Colome, Denard Span traded to Mariners

Dipoto improved both his bullpen and outfield with a two-for-two deal, acquiring Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome, veteran outfielder Denard Span and cash for Minor League starters Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2018 at 11:37 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alex colome, denard span, mariners, rays, trade

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Zack Cozart is concerned the Rays ‘have an ulterior motive’ in starting Sergio Romo

“I feel like teams have an ulterior motive when they are doing this,” Cozart said before the Angels’ game on Tuesday night. “Less starting pitching means you don’t have to pay guys as much.”
...
“I’m more concerned about the financial aspect of three or four years down the road, if your whole staff is bullpenning except a couple guys, your payroll is going to go down because you don’t have to pay starters anymore,” he said.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

MLBN: Kenny on Rays Starting Romo

Chris Russo talks with Brian Kenny about the Rays starting Sergio Romo in back-to-back games

Got earplugs?

Stormy JE Posted: May 22, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, chris russo, kevin cash, rays, sergio romo

Saturday, April 28, 2018

As Rays beat Red Sox, a new debate about Blake Snell — is he an ace?

Snell continued his impressive start to this season, and extended his late 2017 turnaround, with another impressive outing in a tough test, beating the baseball-best Red Sox on a cold Friday night at Fenway Park.

“He certainly looked the part tonight, looked the part of that No. 1, elite, whatever you want to call it,’’ manager Kevin Cash said, stopping just short of the a-word. “He did his job.’‘’

And a bunch of other Rays did theirs, as the 4-3 win over Boston was their seventh straight, extending their longest streak since 2014, as they continued their climb back from that 1-8 start to 11-13.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2018 at 11:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, rays

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

With Kiermaier sidelined into July, time for Rays to make some big moves

A proponent of tanking.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2018 at 09:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Friday, April 13, 2018

DRays Bay: Montreal Expos ownership group positioned for MLB relocation

The recent exhibition games played in Montreal have significantly re-ignited the talk of baseball in that City and Province, to the point where prospective owners have been forced to respond to endless questions about when and how - not if - the Expos will return to Montreal.

. . .

But the latest few questions answered by Mitch Garner, who has a stake in Cirque du Soleil and is set to make an ownership bid along with fellow Billionaire Stephen Bronfman, is what has raised eyebrows and completely changed the course of how MLB may wind up returning to Montreal.

This article describes and analyzes the plan of Garner and Bronfman to privately fund a new stadium. I think MLB is using Montreal as a bargaining chip, like it used Washington for so long. But if a team moves, I would strongly prefer it to be the Rays, for sentimental as well as historical reasons. The author thinks that the franchise would change its name if it moved to Montreal. Could an original AL team really let go of that much historical capital?

Dr. Vaux Posted: April 13, 2018 at 02:43 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: business, expos, rays, relocation, stadium financing

Monday, April 02, 2018


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rays’ Nathan Eovaldi out with elbow injury

Who had March 28th in the pool?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2018 at 03:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, rays

Monday, March 26, 2018

Rays Make Roster Cuts, Nearing Final 25-Man Roster

Most notably, they informed Dan Jennings and Daniel Hudson that they would not make the 25-man roster.  The Rays have said that they plan on having resolution for the two players within 24-48 hours.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Monday, March 12, 2018

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Why Conventionality is a Luxury of the Rich | The Process Report

Some great analysis on a idea that I’ve been a proponent of for a long time. Hopefully the team will get full buy-in from players with the ability to execute the plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Rays catchers will be well-armed with more info, data this season

It’s all in the cards.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2018 at 01:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Old school? Or innovative? Rays eyeing four-man rotation for full season

Starters are pitching less innings than ever. This makes a lot of sense to me.

The Rays are planning more than just an early-season experiment with a four-man rotation.

Manager Kevin Cash said today they are looking to stick with that plan for the full season – using four starters on a regular basis and filling in on the fifth day with the multi-inning relievers they will have in their bullpen.

The four starters to begin the season are set to be Chris Archer, Blake Snell, Nathan Eovaldi and Jake Faria.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2018 at 10:17 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Rays Ditched Their Bad Fastball Hitters | FanGraphs Baseball

An alternative explanation for the Rays deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Monday, February 26, 2018

That guy standing by Cash in the dugout? All part of Rays’ plan

J-Money made a really good point in that he couldn’t believe how fast the game was. He just couldn’t believe the reactions, the decision-making. And I think he also valued watching the guys coming off the mound like if a guy struggled or didn’t make a play. That’s a perspective they’re going to value maybe a little bit more.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 06:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Rays Lack Of Spending Makes It Hard To Compete | BaseballAmerica.com

J.J. Cooper says Rays are just cheap.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 06:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson

UPDATE: Pirates acquire Dickerson from Rays

Hudson is owed $5.5 million this season. No word on how much cash the Pirates sent to Tampa.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.


Rays made two other moves yesterday.

The most perplexing was designating for assignment 2017 All-Star DH Corey Dickerson, giving away leverage in hoping to bring trade talks to conclusion during the 10-day window or just surrender and release him, though paying just one-sixth of his $5.95-million salary, roughly $1-million, in termination pay.

And the most intriguing was acquiring right-handed hitting first baseman/DH C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player – a minor-leaguer, and likely not a top prospect – to be named later, giving them better balance in their lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2018 at 02:17 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, trades

What if the Rays actually have a good plan?

Dickerson and Odorizzi aren’t very good. Particularly with Odorizzi, the Rays have capable replacements. Why pay extra money for no gain?

We still don’t know the two PTBNL the Rays are getting in the Souza deal. If Keith Law’s report about the guys not being insignificant prospects is accurate, Bloom’s assertion that it was a baseball talent deal makes the handwringing about the deal misguided.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2018 at 06:58 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

National Baseball Writers: Your Tampa Bay Rays Hot Takes are Bad - DRaysBay

A smart take.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 09:15 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

The Rays are now the least interesting team in baseball - CBSSports.com

A bad take.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 09:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Rays move fast to fill RF void, strike 1-year, $4M deal with Carlos Gomez

A reasonable facsimile of Steven Souza and the Rays get a few other players. (PTBNL still waiting to be named. Keith Laws says, “The Rays can still come out ahead in this deal depending on who the players to be named are—I’m told they’re more than just throw-ins—but Souza, with three years remaining before free agency, is a big loss, and Banda and Solak alone don’t make up for it.”)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 03:05 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gomez, free agents, rays

Rays, Neander Time To Shift Focus To Building 2018 Roster

GM speaks. Read the whole thing.

“No, this was something we categorize much more so as a pure baseball decision. Given what was put to us and how we valued it was something that a couple of guys that are not far off from the big leagues to add to what we have to build that momentum.

The moves prior to this one were things that factors involved there were moving pieces from areas of depth that we felt we could absorb and come out the other side o.k. Especially with the addition of C.J. [Cron] to our group there.

This one here, was one that was really initiated and driven by Arizona’s pursuit of Steven and their desire to add him to their club.

It’s certaionly something we weren’t out there looking to accomplish but basically at the end of the day here something was put to us that we felt we couldn’t pass up in terms of continuing to build out our really strong core.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 05:45 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yankees, Rays, D-backs swing three-way deal

D-backs get:
Steven Souza Jr. (from TB)
Taylor Widener (Yankees’ No. 14 prospect)

Yankees get:
Brandon Drury (from ARI)

Rays get:
Anthony Banda (D-backs’ No. 4 prospect)
Nick Solak (Yankees’ No. 8 prospect)
Two players to be named later (from ARI)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rays, trades, yankees

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Twins trade for Jake Odorizzi | MLB.com

The Twins took a major step toward solidifying their rotation late Saturday night, acquiring right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Rays for shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios, the club announced.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 12:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, trade, twins

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rays pitchers Chris Archer, Brent Honeywell to each other: Put up and shut up

I heard Honeywell interview on MLB Radio this winter. He definitely sounds like he’s going to be a tough clubhouse presence. If he pitches as well as he’s capable, though, his teammates will deal with him.

This, eventually, may be a love story.

But even in expressing affection for the other on a Wednesday celebrating the two-in-one holiday of spring training opening and Valentine’s Day, current Rays top starter Chris Archer and potential future ace Brent Honeywell tossed more than verbal bouquets.

Archer, expanding his role as leader of the staff, made clear he’d prefer Honeywell, 22, stop bragging to everyone who asks, and some who didn’t, about how good he thinks he can be right now in the big leagues:

“He talks a lot. I’ve already told him, until he gets some dirt on his spikes, he needs to keep it down a bit.  I’m excited to see him pitch, but you can’t do all that talking without ever throwing a major-league baseball in your life.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brent honeywell, chris archer, rays

Sunday, February 11, 2018

How did Erik Neander end up running the Rays? Well, it’s interesting …

“I describe Erik’s approach to baseball as obsessively curious, and he’s helped many of us look at the game through a more complete lens. His passion and creativity touch every branch of the department, and he possesses a constant need to seek new and more information.  He’s essentially self-taught, and has a detailed understanding of every role, from scout to analyst.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2018 at 12:55 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: erik neander, general managers, rays

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