Biscuits feature talent that could soon make impact in Tampa

Tampa Bay’s Double-A affiliate Montgomery played tremendous baseball in the second half of the season and punched a ticket to the Southern League playoffs. Although the postseason run for the Biscuits was short-lived — they fell in four games in the divisional round to the eventual-champion Jackson Generals — they ended the year with 76 wins, the third-most in franchise history...
Via Today's Knuckleball
16 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Potential Arbitration Issues Looming

With salary constraints, a dozen players headed to arbitration, the offseason work bestowed upon the Tampa Bay Rays will not come easy. Just a couple weeks removed from the end of the most disappointing season since 2007 for the Tampa Bay Rays, it’s time to take a look into the crystal ball and get a […] Tampa Bay Rays: Potential Arbitration Issues Looming - Rays Colored Glasses...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
3 days ago

Big Names: Chris Broussard, Kevin McHale, Chris Archer

ESPN reporter Chris Broussard is headed to Fox Sports 1. In other news, Turner Sports has rehired Kevin McHale and the Rays’ Chris Archer will again serve as a guest analyst on ESPN’s World Series studio coverage. Broussard Leaving ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard is departing the network for Fox Sports 1, he announced via [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
4 days ago

Fantasy Baseball Second-Half Surgers: Blake Snell

If we are looking for sneaky bargains in next year’s drafts based on an under-appreciated second-half breakout, it would be easy to overlook Blake Snell. Once owners get a peek at his 1.64 WHIP and 5.3 BB/9 ratio from the latter half of the season, they will be likely to quickly move along to the next pitcher. Despite those wretched stats, Snell did have a breakout of sorts...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 days ago

Rays land prospects on Baseball America's top-20 league lists

In its annual rankings of top prospects by league, many familiar Rays represent their minor league affiliates Over recent weeks, Baseball America has been rolling out its league top-20 prospect lists. The lists are free for everyone to see, as are the chats, but the scouting reports require a subscription. I would encourage everyone to check them out. The focus is often on individual...
Via DRaysBay
5 days ago

Rays’ Chris Archer will again contribute to ESPN’s World Series coverage

Chris Archer will again be going from the mound to the media this October. The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher contributed to ESPN’s postseason coverage last fall and won praise for his fresh perspective. He’ll be back for Games 1, 2, and 5-7 (if necessary) of this year’s World Series, contributing to Baseball Tonight, ESPN Radio’s game coverage, and other ESPN shows. Here are more...
Via Awful Announcing
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Non-Player Moves that Should be Made

Some important non-player moves that the Tampa Bay Rays should seriously think about making for 2017 that could benefit the team. Not every important move a team makes in the off-season involves players. Often they involve small but key moves that impact the team’s makeup and how it goes about its business on and off […] Tampa Bay Rays: Non-Player Moves that Should be Made -...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
7 days ago

2016 Tampa Bay Rays Attendance Review

ShareWelcome to our second attendance review of 2016 and our tenth annual attendance review of the Tampa Bay Rays. Today we will look at the home attendance of the 2016 Tampa Bay Rays. Total attendance: 1,286,163 (up 38,495 tickets sold (3%) from 2015: 1,247,668) Per Game Average: 15,878 (up 475 fans per game from 2015: 15,403) Highest attended games: 40,135 (Pride Night) Friday...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
7 days ago

Offseason Outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

Despite a last-place finish and their third straight losing season, the Rays are looking to reload rather than rebuild for 2017. [Rays depth chart, via Roster Resource] Guaranteed Contracts Evan Longoria, 3B: $94MM through 2022 ($13MM club option for 2023, $5MM buyout) Chris Archer, SP: $20.25MM through 2019 (plus club options for 2020-21) Logan Forsythe, 2B: $5.75MM through 2017...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
7 days ago

Rays outright four players; projected arbitration salaries for 2017

Drew Smyly projects to earn $6.9-million next season through arbitration. (Photo Credit: Unknown) The Tampa Bay Rays cleared four spots from the 40-man roster, outrighting LHP Dana Eveland and Justin Marks, as well as OF Jaff Decker and INF Juniel Querecuto. Additionally, MLB Trade Rumors published its early projections for salary arbitration, including 11 Rays players who are...
Via X-Rays Spex
8 days ago

Eveland becomes FA, but likely to return to Rays

Dana Eveland has elected to become a free agent, but he said he expects to re-sign with the Rays.
Via Rays.com
8 days ago

Rays Outright Decker, Marks, Querecuto

Teams are quickly cleaning house this time of year, and the Rays vacated several roster spots over the past weekend, outrighting outfielder Jaff Decker, left-hander Justin Marks and infielder Juniel Querecuto off the 40-man roster this weekend, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Decker has elected free agency, per Topkin (Twitter link), and the other pair has the right to do...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
8 days ago

Rays prospects in action as Fall League gets under way

The spotlight may shine on the Arizona Fall League more than ever in the prospect circuit's 25th season. Usually packed with phenoms, the league has even more blue-chip prospects than usual. And, as you may have heard, a certain Heisman Trophy winner will take the next step in his baseball development with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Via Rays.com
9 days ago

MLB Pipeline names Gillaspie, Honeywell Rays' Prospects of Year

Casey Gillaspie and Brent Honeywell put together exceptional seasons within the Rays organization in 2016. For their efforts, the pair has been named the Rays' Prospects of the Year by MLBPipeline.com.
Via Rays.com
9 days ago

Adding Rays TV ratings to attendance

ShareA few weeks ago, Maury Brown of Forbes.com published television ratings for all 29 US MLB teams. While other Rays writers have mentioned that Rays ratings are down and how that is not a good thing for the Rays fanbase’s best argument. But what about Total Interaction – the amount of people per game that are engaging the product, either in person or on television? Ideally...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
10 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Dickerson’s First Season in Tampa Bay

Dickerson’s first season with the Tampa Bay Rays was actually better than what the fans witnessed as shown by his various statistics. Corey Dickerson had a very interesting first season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016. When they acquired him the four-player deal headlined by Jake McGee, the Rays greatly valued his ability to […] Tampa Bay Rays: Dickerson’s First Season in Tampa...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
11 days ago

Rays outright LHP Dana Eveland, 3 others to Triple-A Durham

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have outrighted left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland and three other players to Triple-A Durham. The club also announced Friday that outfielder Jaff Decker, infielder Juniel Querecuto and left-hander Justin Marks were outrighted to the minor league team.
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Juan Francisco Estrada, Ricky Burns And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

We’ve had several mild-mannered weeks of boxing in a row, but there’s no good excuse for not giving you the schedule anyway! So here it is. Juan Francisco Estrada vs Raymond Tabugon, Saturday, beIN Sports Espanol, Mexico. No, Estrada is not facing Dr. Mantis Toboggan, although he might as well be. Tabugon is a junior bantamweight out of the Philippines who is coming off a loss...
Via The Queensbury Rules
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays believe they're better than last-place finish

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays insist they aren't as bad as their worst finish in nearly a decade might suggest.You have to go all the way back to 2007, when the franchise was still known as the dreadful Devil Rays, for an inferior record to this year's 68-94 mark that matched the second-worst in the majors and kept Tampa Bay in the basement of a division that sent...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Operations Data Engineer

Position: Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Operations Data Engineer Location: St. Petersburg, Fla. Description: The Tampa Bay Rays are a professional baseball team looking for a Data Engineer to join our Baseball Operations team. This position will be responsible for ensuring that our database meets the highest standards of accuracy and integrity. This includes designing and implementing...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Former top prospect Jesus Montero suspended 50 games

Jesus Montero was once a top prospect. Now, after spending the entire 2016 season in the minors with the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, Montero will start 2017 serving a 50-game suspension. Former top Yankees prospect Jesus Montero, now with the Blue Jays, has been suspended 50 games for stimulant use. He was at AAA this year. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 29, 2016...
Via Sportsnaut
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Dickerson, Anti-Velo Bias, Melancon in DC, more

Corey Dickerson’s numbers with the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t as good as they were last year with the Colorado Rockies. That’s not surprising. Coors Field is an extreme hitter’s park and Tropicana Field leans pitcher. For Dickerson — acquired over the offseason in a trade for Jake McGee — his new ballpark hasn’t simply leaned. It’s tilted precipitately. The lefty-swinger...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB 2016 Farewells: Tampa Bay Rays

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Tampa Bay Rays. At this point in the Major League Baseball season, fans hear certain phrases...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
29 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays have fully embraced the spoiler role late in 2016 season

The spoiler — a position that is never envied and is always hated. Yet that is the role Tampa Bay has relegated themselves to after another sub-standard first-half of the 2016 MLB season that gave way to not being in contention in the second. The worst thing a team can do in the Rays (64-85)  position is to be totally unmotivated to even compete in ball-games, which fortunately...
Via isportsweb.com
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Tampa Bay Rays

It wasn’t supposed to go like this in 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays. They retooled their offense! Their pitching staff was strong! Their defense once again looked sturdy! But in a year where four of the five AL East teams are still in the hunt for the division title, one team has been off the mark all season – and that team was the Rays, who were last above .500 on May 20th. Preseason...
Via The Comeback
September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

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