Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Heater

Marc Topkin

Rays Alex Cobb, Evan Longoria finalists for Gold Glove awards revealed tonight

Rays Alex Cobb, Evan Longoria finalists for Gold Glove awards revealed tonight

RHP Alex Cobb and 3B Evan Longoria are finalists for Gold Glove awards that will be announced tonight, the show starting at 9 on ESPN.Longoria, who won the award in 2009-10 with the Rays, is competing against  Baltimore's Manny Machado (winner i...
Published: 11/07/17
BBWAA award finalists include Jose Altuve, Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez for AL MVP

BBWAA award finalists include Jose Altuve, Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez for AL MVP

BBWAA awards finalists(Winners announced on MLB Network next week; rookies on Monday, managers on Tuesday, Cy Youngs on Wednesday; MVPs on Thursday)AL Rookie: Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox; Aaron Judge, Yankees; Trey Mancini, OriolesNL Rookie: Josh Bell...
Published: 11/07/17
Rays $17.4-million gamble with Alex Cobb is rooted in not trading him during season

Rays $17.4-million gamble with Alex Cobb is rooted in not trading him during season

UPDATE, 6:11: Here is Cobb's reaction to the offer being made:"It's extremely humbling and I'm very honored to receive such an offer from the Rays. Obviously I get the business side of it and reasons behind making the offer, buy obviously there's sti...
Published: 11/06/17
Rays drop Curt Casali, Cesar Puello and Shawn Tolleson from 40-man roster

Rays drop Curt Casali, Cesar Puello and Shawn Tolleson from 40-man roster

The Rays continued to clear space on their 40-man roster, outrighting C Curt Casali, OF Cesar Puello and RHP Shawn Tolleson.All will become minor-league free agents.Casali was the Rays primary catcher in 2016, but with the additions of Wilson Ramos, ...
Published: 11/06/17
Rays lose RHP Taylor Guerrieri on waivers to Blue Jays, another loss from 2011 draft class

Rays lose RHP Taylor Guerrieri on waivers to Blue Jays, another loss from 2011 draft class

The Rays return from the vaunted 2011 draft got even weaker Monday as RHP Taylor Guerrieri, their top pick, was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays.Guerrieri missed most of this season due to arm issues, pitching twice for Triple-A Durham in April, b...
Published: 11/06/17
Ex-Rays OF “Super” Sam Fuld announces retirement, takes job in Phillies front office

Ex-Rays OF “Super” Sam Fuld announces retirement, takes job in Phillies front office

UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Checked in with Sam, who is understandably excited about his new opportunity.I asked him for the highlights of his playing career:"Highlight moment: from a team standpoint Game 162 in '11, hands down. I don't think you'll ever see...
Published: 11/03/17
Updated: 11/04/17

Ozzie Timmons will be Rays 1B/assistant hitting coach

After talking to several external candidates, the Rays ended up not going far to complete their coaching staff, promoting Ozzie Timmons from Triple-A Durham to serve as the first base/assistant hitting/baserunning coach.Timmons, 47, has been a coach ...
Published: 11/03/17

Longtime head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield leaving Rays for Dodgers

Longtime and well-respected head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield is leaving the Rays for a higher-level job with the Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.Porterfield, 52, has been the Rays top trainer for 12 seasons and with the organization for...
Published: 11/03/17
Rays Brad Miller feeling better after core muscle repair surgery

Rays Brad Miller feeling better after core muscle repair surgery

Rays INF Brad Miller didn't have much to feel good about after a rough and injury-interrupted 2017 season.But he expects to be feeling better, and doing better, in 2018 after having core muscle surgery last month to address issues in his groins and l...
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Rays pick up 2018 option on Nathan Eovaldi, reinstate four from 60-day DL

Rays pick up 2018 option on Nathan Eovaldi, reinstate four from 60-day DL

The Rays took care of the easy part of their off-season business on Thursday, picking up a $2-million option on RHP Nathan Eovaldi and reinstating him and three others from the 60-day DL.Eovaldi, 27, spent 2017 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, retu...
Updated one month ago