RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tim Beckham, Austin Pruitt help Rays get off to strong start in spring training

At Fort Myers, Florida, Austin Pruitt struck out three in two scoreless innings and Tim Beckham had two extra-base hits for Tampa Bay. Beckham, the top pick in the 2008 amateur draft, had a double and a triple and scored the Rays' first run on Daniel Robertson's single off Brandon Kintzler. Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson, hoping to rebound from an injury-plagued season, threw...
Via Associated Press
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Beckham doubles and triples in spring opener

Shortstop Tim Beckham, competing for a utility role, doubled and tripled to help lead the Rays to a 3-0 win over the Twins in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams Friday night at Hammond Stadium.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

Robertson looks to be Rays' next utility stud

"Positional flexibility" is a popular phrase around Rays camp. It has been ever since Joe Maddon arrived to manage the team prior to the 2006 season.
Via Rays.com
6 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Let the 25-man Roster Battles Begin

The Tampa Bay Rays open the Grapefruit League with their first game on Friday night against Minnesota, signifying the actual start of battles amongst teammates for a spot on the 25-man roster. Friday night against the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays begin their 34-game spring schedule. With that, comes the start of the real […] Tampa Bay Rays: Let the 25-man Roster Battles...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
6 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: New Faces for 2017

Off-season acquisitions by the Tampa Bay Rays added speed, power and as well strengthened the bullpen. Here’s a look at the new players… The Tampa Bay Rays made a good amount of offseason trades and acquisitions with the help of new GM Erik Neander.  While the Rays didn’t make any huge big name free agent […] Tampa Bay Rays: New Faces for 2017 - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
9 hours ago

Rays' Colby Rasmus shaves ridiculed beard after wife gave him ultimatum

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus' stint as an (apparent) Amish man is over. After reporting to spring training with a wild beard on his face, and getting broadly lambasted across the Internet by the likes of Deadspin and others, the beard is gone. Behold:   It was a fun ride. According to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, Rasmus didn't grow the chin music as a goof or anything...
Via FOX Sports
15 hours ago

Kevin Kiermaier Focused on Taking the Next Step

Kevin Kiermaier has proven to be a defensive stalwart for the Tampa Bay Rays. This year, he is focusing on improving his production with the bat. Virtually any Major League team would love to have a player like Kevin Kiermaier on their roster. With his all world defensive capabilities, Kiermaier can turn even the most […] Kevin Kiermaier Focused on Taking the Next Step - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
16 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays ready for start of Grapefruit League season

Jake Faria (foreground) plays catch with LHP Blake Snell. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) With full-squad workouts now complete, the Tampa Bay Rays will start the Grapefruit League season on Friday. Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi and Blake Snell tossed live batting practice on Thursday, while Matt Duffy and Logan Morrison — both of whom are recovering from surgery —...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Justin Verlander prefers NL rules

The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents.  Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays' prospect Stanek on cusp of a dream

Since he was taken by the Rays in the first round of the 2013 Draft, Ryne Stanek has bided his time in the Minors and waited for his break. This spring, it appears the wait may nearly be over.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays Trivia Thurday! Most HR by a Rays first baseman

Trivia Thursday is back, this time with first basemen! Welcome back for the second week of Tampa Bay Rays Sporcle Trivia, or TBRST for short. Last week, you all proved how little you actually knew about the Rays and their history as only 21.7% of you guessed Shawn Riggans, come on people. You’ll be getting a second chance this week as we tackle the first basemen of Rays past...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Rays 2017 season preview: Jake Odorizzi

With arbitration settled, it’s time to get the odometer churning! The Rays had quite a few arbitration-eligible players this offseason and got almost every one settled without a hearing. The lone exception was righthander Jake Odorizzi, 26, who was eligible for the first time. Once each side made their case, the arbitrator sided with Odorizzi and awarded the righty a 2017 salary...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Let’s check in on the 2017 Tampa Bay Rays and their facial hair

Photo Day is always interesting as we get our first high-res look at many of the Rays players and coaches. This year’s group seems to have a common theme: facial hair. Of course, the star of the show is Colby Rasmus, whom the Rays signed out of the Pennsylvania Amish League. Evan Longoria is embracing his inner-beardimus maximus. Hunter Wood obviously can’t grow a beard. Instead...
Via Rays Index
2 days ago

Kevin Kiermaier, Breakout Candidate

Kevin Kiermaier has long been underrated in the mainstream baseball world. He provides value in ways that tend to get overlooked or, at least, receive less attention. You probably know, for example, that Kiermaier is an elite defensive player. You’re probably aware that Kiermaier is an above-average baserunner. You might also know that Kiermaier has recorded a league-average batting...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus shaves off fantastic beard days after its debut

Colby Rasmus arguably was sporting the finest — or at least most outrageous — outcropping of facial hair in all of MLB spring training … until he shockingly and sadly shaved it all off.The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder showed up to camp with one incredibly unique beard. Foregoing the mustache, Rasmus’ wild facial hair resembled Abraham Lincoln's … or perhaps Mose Schrute's...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Day three of full-squad workouts: Cash announces hurlers for weekend ball games

Under driver extraordinaire (and utility-man) Nick Franklin chases a grounder during infield drills. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) Tuesday marked the third day of full-squad workouts for the Tampa Bay Rays. Among the hurlers who threw live batting practice were Matt Andriese, Brad Boxberger, Alex Colome, the hard throwing Ryne Stanek and Chris Archer, who tossed...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 days ago

Rays star Evan Longoria optimistic things will turn around in 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria is sporting a new look in spring training and feeling better about what the Tampa Bay Rays have done in hopes of giving themselves a better chance to win. The 31-year-old third baseman still isn't a fan of last month's trade that sent second baseman and close friend Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pitching prospect; however...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Longoria optimistic Rays can be better in 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Evan Longoria is sporting a new look in spring training and feeling better about what the Tampa Bay Rays have done in hopes of giving themselves a better chance to win. The 31-year-old third baseman still isn't a fan of last month's trade that sent second baseman and close friend Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pitching prospect; however...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mallex Smith cracks funny joke about short stint with Mariners

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith came to his current team by way of the Seattle Mariners. His tenure in the Pacific Northwest lasted just 77 minutes, as he was traded twice in one day.Smith looked back on his illustrious tenure with the Mariners, and the quotes are pretty hilarious. Hey, that short tenure can be his claim to fame now. Not many players get traded twice in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria still not over Rays’ Logan Forsythe trade

It’s generally accepted by players that baseball is a business, and sometimes teams will make tough decisions that their players don’t completely approve of.Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria knows that too, but nearly a month later, he’s still not over the deal his team made that sent second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I actually like where...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays utility man Nick Franklin spent his offseason driving for Uber

As a Major League Baseball general manager, I’d be horrified to learn some of the things my players did during the offseason. However, it seems like I’d be glad to hear what Tampa Bay Rays utility infielder Nick Franklin did with his time. Prior to heading home for the offseason, Franklin admitted he’d be making an attempt as an Uber driver. While Franklin didn’t do this...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Nick Franklin worked as Uber driver during offseason

Nick Franklin is hoping to stick with the Tampa Bay Rays as a utility man this season. If he doesn’t make the roster, he knows what he can do for some spare cash.Franklin was at Rays camp on Wednesday, two days ahead of when position players were set to report. He told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that he spent a part of his offseason working as an Uber driver. Franklin is...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says spring training silliness will return for Cubs

Just because the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions doesn’t mean Joe Maddon has any plans his eccentric  managerial methods.If fact, Maddon put everyone on notice Tuesday that the unique approach to management he brought along to the Cubs organization from his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays will once again play a role at spring training.Maddon did stop short...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

LoMo Returns, Rays Continue Opportunistic Offseason

The Rays are one of the under-the-radar teams that the FanGraphs and PECOTA projection systems forecast to be in the AL Wild Card mix. As Jeff wrote last month following the Logan Forsythe-for-Jose De Leon deal, the Rays have continued to add years of control and surplus value this offseason. While the Rays do not necessarily need pieces like Mallex Smith and De Leon for 2017, they...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Way Kevin Kiermaier Is Underrated

Kevin Kiermaier is underrated. How do I know? I guess I don’t know, but by and large, Kiermaier is not considered one of the best players in baseball. This despite having performed like one of the best players in baseball. The last three years, by WAR, Kiermaier has been as valuable as Robinson Cano, Andrew McCutchen, and Yoenis Cespedes, all while collecting far fewer plate appearances...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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