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Rays manager Kevin Cash is familiar with Michael Brantley, pictured hitting a grand slam against the Chicago White Sox in June, from his days as a coach with Cleveland.
Having added starting pitcher Zach Eflin in an unexpected move, the team’s focus returns to adding hitters — and there are a few that could be quite appealing.
John Romano | The Rays have teamed up with a developer for a new idea on the Tropicana Field site, but we’ve been through this ordeal before.
If the Rays-Hines redevelopment plan is approved, expect a pavilion-like structure with a low profile.
The right-hander, who had a 36-45 record and 4.49 ERA over seven seasons with the Phillies, gets the largest free-agent deal in Tampa Bay history.

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  1. Rays manager Kevin Cash is familiar with Michael Brantley, pictured hitting a grand slam against the Chicago White Sox in June, from his days as a coach with Cleveland.
  2. A rendering of the proposed Rays stadium and surrounding redevelopment as envisioned by the team and the Hines real estate group.
  3. A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site from the Tampa Bay Rays.
  4. The city of St. Petersburg received four proposals by the Friday deadline to redevelop the area around Tropicana Field.
  5. The Rays made their first big move of the offseason, agreeing to a three-year, $40 million contract with starting pitcher Zach Eflin.
  6. The Rays announced Thursday that their 2023 spring training camp will be relocated from Port Charlotte due to damage to the facility caused by Hurricane Ian.
  7. Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball, died Thursday at his home in Gaffney, South Carolina. He was 84.
  8. Light decorations are on display during Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  9. The Rays recently added infield prospect Curtis Mead to their 40-man roster.
  10. Ji-Man Choi, right, celebrates with Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe, left, after hitting a three-run home run during a game against the Oakland A's  in April at Tropicana Field.
  11. Infielder Yandy Diaz was among 14 arbitration-eligible players on the 40-man roster to whom the Rays tendered contracts Friday.
  12. The Rays signed shortstop Wander Franco to an 11-year, 182 million deal in 2021. It remains to be seen how long Franco will stay in Tampa Bay and how much of his salary the team will wind up paying.
  13. Did the Rays cut ties with, from left, David Price, Evan Longoria and Blake Snell too soon, too late, or at the right time?
  14. More than scouting a player or suggesting game strategy, Jon Daniels will provide guidance and counsel to what is a relatively inexperienced upper-management team.
  15. The Rays are launching the sale of single-game tickets for the 2023 season on Dec. 2 and moved up the start time for the bulk of their weekday home games to 6:40 p.m.
  16. “We’re going to be as active as we can to try to improve the roster and make the team better,” Rays general manager Peter Bendix said.
  17. Veteran lefty Ryan Yarbrough was among five players dropped from the Rays’ 40-man roster Tuesday to make room for prospects.
  18. A group tied to the Philadelphia Phillies has purchased this property at 21688 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater, directly south of BayCare Ballpark.
  19. Fred McGriff, who hit 99 of his 493 career home runs while in a Tampa Bay uniform, could be among the favorites on the Hall of Fame's new contemporary era committee scheduled to meet in early December.
  20. Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier collides with the outfield wall after catching a fly ball by the Orioles' Manny Machado during a 2015 game in Baltimore.
  21. The Rays have released lefty Brendan McKay, the once-promising two-way prospect who commanded a $7-million-plus bonus as the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft.
  22. Rays manager Kevin Cash, right, talks with then-third-base coach Rodney Linares, center, as assistant pitching and rehab coach Rick Knapp looks on during a game against the Minnesota Twins in May at Tropicana Field.
  23. Could Brandon Lowe be the best option to replace Ji-Man Choi as the Rays' first baseman?
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