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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rays shut down Cobb to deal with fatigue, mechanical issues | Tampa Bay Times

Their season is over; why push him?

The Rays returned Cobb from his rehab assignment and essentially stopped the 30-day clock, thus, given a mandatory seven-day wait, postponing his next start until at least Monday. Cobb left his second rehab start July 11 after one inning, so he will go at least two full weeks between games. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today at the Trop, then possibly a live batting practice next.

“He’s had some fatigue issues in his arm, and that, along with working with his mechanics, we felt this was the right time to do it,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We want to make sure he gets his full rehab and can work through the process at his pace a little bit.”

The pause can last as long as needed, with Cobb then starting a new 30-day window, pushing his targeted return back to at least mid August. After the 30 days, a player has to either be activated (and could be optioned to the minors) or returned to the DL.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, rays

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rays offense stalls again in loss to Orioles (w/ video) | Tampa Bay Times

Moore pitched a season-high 7⅓ innings. He had gone exactly seven five times. He allowed five hits and struck out only one because he pitched to contact against an aggressive lineup. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the second accounted for the Orioles’ runs.

“I tell you, Moore was as good as Tillman,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was two good pitchers at the top of their game. Fine margin of error.”

Scouts from the Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals on hand to see Moore pitch went away pleased.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays, trade rumors

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Resurgent Matt Moore could help Rays here or as trade chip | Tampa Bay Times

And he pitched well enough to ignite a trade market that the Rays would benefit from warming as a third choice to a $7.5 million option and a $2.5 million buyout for next season, with the Rangers already hot on Moore’s trail and three-four others expected to join the pursuit.

“He’s a top-of-the-rotation guy,” said good buddy Alex Cobb, who is nearing the end of his own TJ rehab. “He showed that before he got hurt, and it took him a little while to get back. But it seems like he’s back to being the All-Star Matt Moore.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rays to dedicate Friday’s annual Pride Night to Orlando victims

Beginning this morning, all open seats to Friday’s Rays-San Francisco Giants 7:10 p.m. game at Tropicana Field will be available for $5 with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the Pulse Victims Fund (gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund), set up for the families of the victims.

Also planned for Friday:

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: June 14, 2016 at 04:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Monday, June 13, 2016

Rays to promote Blake Snell, send Matt Andriese to bullpen | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays feel they have the answer to their bullpen woes: Blake Snell.

Actually, it’s the domino effect of adding their top prospect to the rotation, which they will do Thursday when the left-handed rookie is scheduled to make his second big-league start. Snell is needed because Matt Andriese is headed to the bullpen to assume to role Erasmo Ramirez played earlier this season — a pitcher who can get outs and get a lot of them.

Manager Kevin Cash announced the news after Sunday’s 5-0 victory against the Astros.

“We think that’s going to help us win ball games,” Cash said. “Matt’s very capable of providing a huge boost in the bullpen. (We) fully understand what he’s done as a starter has been tremendous, but we got to think about what we’re doing to win ball games. That was our thought process.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, matt andriese, rays

Thursday, June 09, 2016

New blood hopes to change Rays’ fortunes in draft | Tampa Bay Times

I just hope the Red Priestess Melisandre didn’t get hired by Tampa. If she did, things could get ugly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, rays

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Rays’ red-hot Logan Morrison remained positive during slump | Tampa Bay Times

When will he get hurt or turn back into a pumpkin?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: logan morrison, rays

Monday, April 25, 2016

Rays notebook: Sternberg lauds Steinbrenner Field renovations | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

I am shocked that an owner of sports team would be in favor of tax dollars being put into the pockets of another owner.

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg was asked Sunday for his thoughts on the $40 million approved by the Hillsborough County commissioners for renovations to George M. Steinbrenner Field, the spring home of the Yankees.

“Any money going toward baseball in Florida is fine by me,” he said. “It’s about the sport. It’s good for the spot. It shows that Hillsborough is committed to and sees the value of baseball in their midst.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium financing

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rays calling up top prospect LHP Blake Snell to start Saturday | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays are calling up top prospect LHP Blake Snell to make his major-league debut at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

Snell is 1-1, 2,51 in three starts for Triple-A Durham, striking out 21 in 14 1/2 innings while allowing 15 hits and seven walks.

In the midst of playing nine straight, the Rays needed a fifth starter for Saturday. They had been planning on using RHP Erasmo Ramirez, but he was needed in relief on Thursday in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, rays, top prospects

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Rays win on bizarre walk-off interference call | Rays Index

Remember when a second baseman was getting hurt every other day? Don’t worry, I don’t either.

The Rays won their first game of the season on Tuesday night, but they needed a bizarre interference call to make it happen.

Trailing 3-2 in the 9th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. He hit a groundball to Evan Longoria who tried to start a 5-4-3 double-play to end the game. However, Logan Forsythe threw the ball away on the turn and the Jays took a 4-3 lead.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Monday, April 04, 2016

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s Fangraph’s Tampa Rays scouting reports. After reading and following Kiley McDaniel’s reporting the last couple of years, Fangraph’s stuff has been very disappointing this year, primarily because of the timetable. If you are doing scouting reports for fantasy players, you need your Top 100 lists out in early March at the latest for them to be useful. Hopefully, they will fix this issue next year as their stuff went from being one of the most useful lists to the least useful.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rays

Friday, April 01, 2016

Are Rays sacrificing defense for offense? | Tampa Bay Times

The proper valuation of players is key for turns like this one.

The key to any success the Rays have had, specifically in their run of making the playoffs four times in six years, has been based on dominant pitching and dazzling defense.

But the net result of adding those bats was trading two key pitchers, high-end reliever Jake McGee and Nathan Karns from their starting depth, then this week ditching two slick fielders, catcher Rene Rivera and first baseman James Loney.

Baseball operations president Matt Silverman said there was no change in thinking, no plan to “stray” from their pitching/defense/run prevention mantra, just “adjustments” to take advantage of opportunities. In other words, they feel the new players are good enough defenders and more productive hitters, so there is a net gain.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 11:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rays tell James Loney he won’t be on team

Loney said he was told that he will either be released or traded. He plans to leave Port Charlotte today to await his fate upon mutual decision with the team.

“It had to be somebody (to go), right?’’ Loney said. “It is what it is.’‘

If released, the Rays will be responsible for his $8-million salary.

“There’s not a trade right now,’’ Loney said.

Loney lost his job as the Rays acquired Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce and Corey Dickerson during the off-season, With Dickerson as the primary DH, the Rays will use Morrison and Pearce at first.

The team also released catcher Rene Rivera.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2016 at 04:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: james loney, rays, rene rivera

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Nick Cafardo: What has changed in the AL East? - The Boston Globe

Hanley has looked good at first. He won’t be the horrible drain on the team’s defense in left. Might he have an occasional hiccup? Maybe. Even if it doesn’t happen I’m sure Cafardo will find something to complain about regarding him. Did Hanley steal his lollipop or something?

The Red Sox still leave you with questions about their future. That feeling is fueled by injuries to Eduardo Rodriguez and Carson Smith, the fact that Pablo Sandoval is still overweight and now injured (back), and the sentiment that Hanley Ramirez isn’t taking the move to first base seriously.

“Let’s see how mature [Ramirez] is by May,” said one AL scout. “Let’s see how interested he is at first base after he strikes out with the bases loaded and has to field his position.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, rays, red sox

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Baseball needs more money. Jersey sponsorships could fix that.

It worked for the Bad News Bears!

According to a recent report by Forbes, European revenue from jersey sponsorship will reached nearly $1 billion in 2016. The same should be true in the United States, but American Sports have long eschewed the same monetization of advertising on jerseys, with the exception of Major League Soccer.

That will no longer be the case in the very near future, with the NBA being the first of the big-four sports to take a leap into adding jersey logos in 2017:....

But the immediate fix, for the benefit of the sport and for all the small market teams like the Rays, goes beyond the added face time of participating in ventures like the exhibition game in Cuba.

It’s time for baseball to expand its revenue and marketing presence by adding jersey sponsorships, and allow the smallest of clubs—like the Rays—to have more opportunities in the market.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: advertising, rays

Monday, March 21, 2016

Chris Archer traded fastball run for rise in 2015, and it made him an Ace - DRaysBay

But Archer’s game elevated to another level in 2015, almost literally. Instead of relying on the running two seamer as his primary pitch, he reverted back to earlier career fastball usage rates and relied on his four seamer to get the job done. He traded almost 4.5” of run for an extra 3” of rise.

The additional use of the rising four seamer may have played perfectly off of the insane drop of his hard slider. While the slider dropped 9” from the two seamer in 2014, that gap increased to 11” off the rising four seamer in 2015.

Faced with a 95 mph fastball and 88 mph slider, batters couldn’t decide quickly enough whether the ball was going to drop under the zone, or rise above it.

Swinging strike rates jumped, leading to a huge increase in strikeout rate. Archer notched 252 strikeouts over 212 innings in 2015, far more than ever before. And though many of those were victims of his deadly slider, there are a few good shots of just how good that rising fastball was in this outing:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, rays

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Rays trip to Cuba for March 22 exhibition finally set | Tampa Bay Times

Commissioner Rob Manfred:  “Major League Baseball is excited to play in Cuba and to have the Tampa Bay Rays representing our 30 Clubs. During a time of historic change, we appreciate the constructive role afforded by our shared passion for the game, and we look forward to experiencing Cuba’s storied baseball tradition and the passion of its many loyal fans.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, rays

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A wild pitch from Montreal: Split the Rays with Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times

This is not a great idea. Why not just give Rays fans money to stop following the team?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, montreal, rays, stadium, tampa

Saturday, February 06, 2016

WANTED: New home for American League baseball team | Tampa Bay Times

Actual criteria for picking stadium deal: make a deal which extracts as big a profit as possible regardless to the the actual benefits of taxpayers.

The potential for public-private partnerships, economic development opportunities, site accessibility and regional connectivity — “those are critically important elements of any potential location.”

The Rays appear eager to start providing details to interested parties. Team officials delivered the document to St. Petersburg officials three weeks after the City Council approved a deal allowing them to look outside the city. The memorandum of understanding gave the club 60 days.

The document lists six categories by which the Rays will evaluate potential sites:
• Catalyst for development
• Local authenticity
• Regional connectivity
• Site accesibility
• Size and geometry
• Financial feasibility and development readiness

The granite countertops could come up later.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2016 at 06:17 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays re-sign first baseman Carlos Pena

Big time rush…to sign him!

The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed first baseman Carlos Pena, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed.

Pena has seemed a good fit to return to the Rays throughout the off-season, as we’ve written and talked about repeatedly.

Pena played for the Rays from 2007-10, then moved to the Cubs last season. Agent Scott Boras told the Tampa Bay Times last week that Pena was open to a return to the Rays, where he had success and enjoyed the experience, and Pena told MLB Network Radio last week he was considering several options. He made $10-million last season with the Cubs.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rays

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Former Oriole Luke Scott signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay

Luke Scott: Rebirtherr.

Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option, according to an industry source.

Exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Scott, 33, was in his final year of arbitration after making $6.4 million in an injury-marred 2011 that ended in July, when he decided to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. In December, the Orioles decided not to tender him a contract—he would have made at least $6 million and likely more—and allowed him to become a free agent.

There was talk that the club wanted him back on a lesser deal, but the Orioles never made a push this offseason to re-sign him.

Repoz Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays

Friday, January 06, 2012

How The Greg Reynolds Trade Is More Interesting Than You Think

How could it possibly be more interesting?

We’ll begin with the biggie. Reynolds, of course, was selected second overall by the Rockies in 2006. He was selected right after Luke Hochevar, and right before Evan Longoria. The Rockies’ selection of Reynolds was thought to be a reach, and it took the Rays by surprise. The Rays had another plan, assuming the Rockies would take Longoria. That plan? Andrew Friedman:

We had Evan Longoria first on our board…We thought Longoria was going to go two to Colorado, and we had cut a deal with Tim Lincecum, to take three….

Reynolds’ failures were magnified because the Rockies nearly drafted Long Beach State third baseman Evan Longoria before turning to the Stanford pitcher. At the time, the Rockies felt starting pitching was more of a priority with Garrett Atkins and [Ian] Stewart both in the fold.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rays, rockies

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Jonah Keri: The Myth of the Small-Market Window

We’re not selling blinds here.

There is a nugget of truth behind this Window obsession. Smaller-revenue teams have a tougher time signing premium free agents, or retaining their own top players past their initial six years of team control. That puts extra pressure on these poorer teams to bring up a bunch of great prospects all at once, then hope they get good at the same time before they get expensive.

But far more often it’s a bullshit excuse. It’s a vague, faraway goal that always seems several years out of reach. It’s a cover for cheap, greedy ownership, lousy scouting, drafting, and player development, and myopic trades. It’s a weak attempt to placate a fan base screwed over by years of management incompetence and indifference.

Or in the case of the Oakland A’s, their recent fire sale and justification for said fire sale, it’s a bold-faced ploy by one opportunistic owner to win territory from another opportunistic owner so that another city can hand out another $500 million check for another boondoggle stadium.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 03:28 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rays

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cubs Sign Andy Sonnanstine

In yet another “buy low” move, the Cubs have signed former Rays righthander Andy Sonnanstine to a non-guaranteed split contract—i.e. he’ll make more if he makes the major league team.

Sonnanstine looked promising in his first two seasons with the Rays, particularly in 2008 when he posted a 101 ERA+ and had an excellent walk ratio of 1.7 per nine innings and had two good starts for the Rays in the 2008 postseason. But he has regressed the last three years, was banished to the Rays’ bullpen and spent much of 2011 at Triple-A Durham.

Sonnanstine will be 29 in March. He’s a reclamation project, but at that age he’s got a much better chance to be productive than the retreads (Doug Davis, Ramon Ortiz, Rodrigo Lopez) that Jim Hendry signed last year.

Thanks to Pete.

Repoz Posted: December 27, 2011 at 02:07 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rays

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