Sunday, February 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays rumblings on outfield injuries, a Joe Maddon Jam and more

Ironic the Rays didn't have room to protect Tyler Goeddel and Joey Rickard from being taken in the Rule 5 draft and now because of injuries are scrambling for outfielders. ... The Rays radio guys finished 16th and the TV crew 22nd in an overall crowd-sourced ranking of all MLB broadcast teams, weighted to charisma and analysis, by fangraphs.com readers. ... As if ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't have it good enough with his Cubs an MLB-best 47-24, he was on stage at a charity event last week singing with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. ... The annual entertaining Rays on the Runway event benefitting the Children's Dream Fund is set for Wednesday night at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront; $125 tickets are available at childrensdreamfund.org or calling (727) 896-6390. ... Though limited to spending $300,000 for any one player, the Rays, per Baseball America, are the favorites to sign Venezuelan Diego Infante, one of the top outfielders in this year's July 2 international signing class. ... Archer had a good time doing a good deed last week in not only talking to kids in the Cleveland RBI program, but serving them ice cream: "I was in there slinging. My command was okay but the velocity was really good." ... All-Star rosters, presumably including 3B Evan Longoria, will be announced July 5. ... Ex-Ray Wil Myers, playing first base and hitting .286 with 16 homers for the Padres, will be MLB's ambassador for All-Star week. ... A KIDZ BOP Kids concert has been added for the Aug. 21 game.

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Morning after comments on Rays’ busy Saturday, dealing Odorizzi, Dickerson; adding Cron

Morning after comments on Rays’ busy Saturday, dealing Odorizzi, Dickerson; adding Cron

Here are some of the comments from Rays camp this morning after the Rays' busy Saturday night in which they traded RHP Jake Odorizzi to the Twins for Class A SS prospect Jermaine Palacios, designated for assignment 2017 All-Star DH/OF Corey Dickerson...
Updated: 1 hour ago
‘Babe Ruth of Japan’ already talks the talk of an MLB pitcher

‘Babe Ruth of Japan’ already talks the talk of an MLB pitcher

TEMPE, Ariz. – Major league pitchers nowadays emerge from the womb, or at the very least arrive at the end of their minor-league apprenticeships, already knowing that the only proper answer to any question pertaining to your first stint on a mo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson

Rays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson

The order from ownership to cut payroll stymied by the same market freeze that has stalled transactions throughout the game, the Rays on Saturday night burst into action with a series of somewhat confusing moves that saved them around $10 million.The...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Who was right in Archer-Honeywell exchange? How about both?

Who was right in Archer-Honeywell exchange? How about both?

ROSTER REPORTFirst of our weekly semi-educated guesses at the makeup of the 25-man opening day roster, projecting that Jake Odorizzi and Denard Span will be traded:PITCHERS (12): Jose Alvarado, Matt Andriese, Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Nathan Eovaldi...
Published: 02/17/18
For Rays Wilson Ramos, horrors of 2011 kidnapping remain

For Rays Wilson Ramos, horrors of 2011 kidnapping remain

PORT CHARLOTTE – Lying on the floor of a Venezuelan mountain hideout as his kidnappers and would-be rescuers exchanged gunfire for more than five minutes, Wilson Ramos, understandably, feared the worst."Everything I was thinking in that moment ...
Published: 02/17/18
Denard Span happy to be with Rays now, would be happier March 29

Denard Span happy to be with Rays now, would be happier March 29

PORT CHARLOTTE – OF Denard Span was truly happy to be here in Rays camp on Saturday.But the Tampa product said he'll be much happier – and more relaxed – if he actually makes it to the regular season with his hometown team.The Rays ...
Published: 02/17/18
Live from Port Charlotte: Rays to continue parade of arms

Live from Port Charlotte: Rays to continue parade of arms

UPDATE, 9:59: Span, Williams and Velazquez have all reported to camp, leaving the Rays just Hechavarria shy of  a full house.Velazquez, who played last season at Double-A Montgomery, said he was pleasantly surprised to get a call on Tuesday, whi...
Published: 02/17/18
Dave Martinez has brought a slightly different approach to spring training

Dave Martinez has brought a slightly different approach to spring training

WEST PALM BEACH – Washington Nationals pitchers and catchers began Friday's workout at 9:30 a.m. with their daily Circle of Trust meeting. The gathering, designed to foster communication and competition, closed with hearty applause before the p...
Published: 02/17/18
Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

MIAMI — Miami-Dade County is suing former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter seeking money from the $1.2 billion sale of the team.The suit contends a 2009 agreement calls for the county and city of ...
Published: 02/17/18
What does Rays Kiermaier want to prove? Only that he’s best on the planet

What does Rays Kiermaier want to prove? Only that he’s best on the planet

PORT CHARLOTTE  — Kevin Kiermaier has his own honey do list.Married life has been good since he and Marissa had the "best-day-ever" November wedding then a "week-in-paradise" honeymoon in Antigua. And if that didn't make for a hectic enoug...
Published: 02/16/18
Updated: 02/17/18