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Who's the next Tampa Bay Rays manager?

Dave Martinez Current Rays bench coach, has interviewed for five other manager jobs, well-liked in clubhouse. Would maintain continuity. Gabe Kapler Former Rays player and part-time consultant, currently doing TV for Fox Sports. Bright, analytical, outside-the-box hire Rays are known for. Tim Bogar One-time Rays coach has minor- and (interim) major-league experience as a manager...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

As our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported Friday night, Joe Maddon has left the Tampa Bay Rays, and we now have a little more insight as to why. Maddon opted out of his contract for 2015, and it appears that he wants a long-term deal to begin as soon as possible. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Maddon wants a five-year, $25-million contract, an amount the Rays...
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Exploring Joe Maddon's options as a free agent

Joe Maddon has resigned as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, opting out of the remainder of his contract.  He had a clause in his deal that let him leave the Rays if the GM left (GM Andrew Friedman moved to the Dodgers last week). So where is he going to manage in 2015? The timing is interesting here, since three teams (Astros, Rangers, DBacks) have already hired new managers this...
Via 60ft6in
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher upset with Joe Maddon's departure

It has been said that Joe Maddon is among the best managers to play for around Major League Baseball. His outgoing and comedic personality plays extremely well in the clubhouse and on the field. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that players on the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t too thrilled by Maddon opting out of his contract and ending his nine-year tenure with the team...
Via Sportsnaut
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

In a shocking move, it appears the Tampa Bay Rays will need to search for a new manager. Joe Maddon has exercised the opt-out clause in his contract and has left the team, effective immediately. “Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his current contract, a contract which was not scheduled to expire until after the 2015 season,” principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: Second base

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players that saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns....
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Kevin Kiermaier named American League Gold Glove Award finalist

Kevin Kiermaier became a surprise defensive standout for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, and he has received recognition for his impact. Kiermaier, 24, was named an American League Gold Glove Award finalist among right fielders Thursday. The native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, grew into an everyday player for the Rays by late May and became known for his highlight-reel-worthy catches...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

'Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Post Season Special' premieres Oct. 22 on Sun Sports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Three weeks removed the conclusion of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Rays 2014 campaign was not without its highlights. On Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m., Sun Sports, the statewide television home of the Rays, will turn the page on the past year and look forward to a promising future with the debut of the "Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Post Season Special." Hosted...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay to add a couple prospects to 40-man roster

The Tampa Bay Rays head into the off season coming off a 77-85 record in the 2014 season. An offense that was 27th in the Major Leagues in runs scored was a major contributor to their fourth place finish in the American League East.  Looking to improve over the winter, the first step that is expected is the addition of a few top prospects to the 40-man roster. blisschan via Wikimedia...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria Was Worried About Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard After Hit By Vontae Davis

If you live in the Indianapolis or Cincinnati areas you might have heard a loud "ooohhh!" or maybe "daammnnn!" around the time the Colts-Bengals game was on. Why you ask? Because Colts defensive back Vontae David laid a hit on Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard that was so hard (and completely legal) that his unborn grandchildren felt the pain.It was pretty...
Via FatManWriting
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Sign Michael Kohn

The Tampa Bay Rays have filled out their 40-man roster by inking right handed relief pitcher, Michael Kohn to a major league contract, the team announced Thursday. Kohn, 28, elected free agency in September after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated him for assignment. The move came as a surprise to many as he was coming off of a very productive 2013 season and in the midst...
Via On-Base Talk
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Jim Hickey, Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach

Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey is looking forward to next year. He should be. Erstwhile “ace” – a term Hickey hates, BTW – David Price is no longer part of the equation, but an enviable array of pitchers are. Better still, all of next year’s projected starters are heading into their primes. The […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Moneyball comes to LA: Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman

Due in large part to Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, analytical baseball ideology has often sold as a necessity for low-revenue franchises to compete with teams who have vastly more resources. The A’s story was written as brains overcoming riches, and a number of teams in smaller markets decided to emulate their success. Over the past decade, […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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