Saturday, May 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Uggla out as Braves find no takers

ATLANTA — The Braves did everything they could over the past year to trade struggling 2B Dan Uggla.

There were no takers.

Uggla's frustrating, four-year tenure in Atlanta ended Friday when the team requested unconditional release. He's guaranteed more than $18 million for the remainder of this year and next.

"We've been very active making calls for the last month," general manager Frank Wren said. "We got to a point where we realized that this was probably our only avenue."

Uggla, 34, received the news during an early afternoon meeting at Turner Field with Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

In his fourth season with the Braves, Uggla was batting .162 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 48 games and 130 at-bats.

He had a 33-game hitting streak in 2011, the franchise's second-longest, but struck out 495 times in 451 games over the past three years.

No. 1 draft pick goes unsigned

HOUSTON — The Astros failed to sign the first pick in this year's draft, LHP Brady Aiken, before Friday's deadline. Last month, the left-hander from San Diego Cathedral Catholic The UCLA recruit has a fastball that hits 96-97 mph.

According to mlb.com, the team initially offered a $6.5 million bonus but reduced the offer after a physical, in which the Astros were concerned about Aiken's left elbow. If Aiken goes to UCLA he won't be eligible again for the draft until 2017. If he goes to a junior college or an independent league team, he can be redrafted next year.

Sabathia's season over: Yankees LHP CC Sabathia is scheduled for season-ending surgery on his right knee next week. GM Brian Cashman said it will be an "arthroscopic debridement" — basically, a cleanup surgery.

Giants: Pitching coach Dave Righetti is expected to miss the team's seven-game trip after experiencing a case of vertigo that prompted the team's plane to make an unscheduled landing in Las Vegas so he could receive medical attention. Righetti, 55, who had been battling a virus, was hospitalized overnight and was expected to rejoin the Giants when they return home next Friday.

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde, the 18th overall pick in the draft, agreed to terms. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound UNLV junior went 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 11 starts for the Rebels this season.

Comments
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays jump on Orioles early, coast to 5-1 win

Rays jump on Orioles early, coast to 5-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles on Saturday at Tropicana Field.In his first career start, Ryne Stanek pitched 1⅔ scoreless innings for Tampa Bay, retiring all five batters he faced. His fastball sitting...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays Tales: What the trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span leads to next

Rays Tales: What the trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span leads to next

The reality of Friday's surprising trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span to Seattle is, of course, between the extremes.One side is screaming this is the latest proof the Rays are driven more to pocket money than winning games (and, for the loudest, o...
Updated: 3 hours ago

For starters: Rays vs. Orioles; Ryne Stanek makes first start, Carlos Gomez returns

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' bullpenning experiment continues, with right-hander Ryne Stanek to open this afternoon's game against the Orioles at Tropicana Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10.It is the first career start for Stanek, who has ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Published: 05/25/18
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Published: 05/25/18
For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Published: 05/25/18
Alex Cobb excited about return “home” to Trop even in Orioles orange

Alex Cobb excited about return “home” to Trop even in Orioles orange

RHP Alex Cobb has already pitched twice against his former Rays mates in Baltimore and said it didn't feel that weird, especially since there were so many new faces in the lineup.But coming back to the Trop, where he made his big-league debut and spe...
Published: 05/25/18