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Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) waves to fans with his family as the Rays celebrate clinching the AL East title in September at Tropicana Field.
Rays notes | Rules prohibiting communication with players or workouts at team facilities will be part of the new reality.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner signed a 1-year deal for $8 million, with up to $5 million in incentives, for the chance to win a World Series.
The sport’s five-year collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m., and management is expected to follow with a lockout.
The return for the versatile and hard-working infielder is outfield prospect Kameron Misner.

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  1. New Texas Rangers infielder Corey Seager speaks at a news conference at Globe Life Field Wednesday in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers have finalized the contracts for their new half-billion dollar middle infield, wrapping up their deals with Seager and second baseman Marcus Semien.
  2. A rain-covered logo is seen at Fenway Park before Game 1 of the 2018 World Series in Boston. The clock ticked down toward the expiration of Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement at 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday night and what was likely to be a management lockout ending the sport’s labor peace at over 26-1/2 years.
  3. The city skyline, left, and a Kforce building, right, seen in the distance in October, at a possible site for a Tampa stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. If a request for state money is approved, two projects could link Tampa Heights and the Channel District to the stadium site, making it easier to travel there by bike, scooter or walking.
  4. Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) waves to fans with his family as the Rays celebrate clinching the AL East title in September at Tropicana Field.
  5. The clock is ticking down toward the expiration of Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night and what was likely to be a management lockout ending the sport’s labor peace at over 26-1/2 years.
  6. Corey Kluber is healthy and eager to pitch for the Rays, he said in a Zoom interview Wednesday from Tropicana Field.
  7. Reba Bowens, 32, of North Carolina, jumps while playing capoeira at the Florida Center for Capoeira’s first annual belt ceremony known in Portuguese as “Batizado” at Kodawari Studios in Tampa on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
  8. Joey Wendle has been a key player for the Rays, and somewhat of a team leader, over the last four seasons.
  9. The Rays’ advanced analytical and technical pitching programs helped convince Brooks Raley to sign with the team.
  10. Rays shortstop Wander Franco smiles during a news conference at Tropicana Field on Monday. He recently agreed to a deal for at least $182 million over the next 11 years. Will the Rays regret such a deal in a few years? Probability seems low.
  11. So, do you want a home or road version of a Wander Franco jersey? Small or large? You've got plenty of time to decide because Tampa Bay's shortstop isn't going anywhere for a long time.
  12. Rays shortstop Wander Franco, left, and  and baseball operations president Erik Neander shake hands during a news conference Monday at Tropicana Field.
  13. The Rays have a deal in place to add lefty reliever Brooks Raley on a two-year contact with a 2024 option worth a guaranteed $10 million.
  14. Eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer is nearing a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
  15. Corey Kluber celebrates after completing a no-hitter over the Texas Rangers in May in Arlington, Texas.
  16. Rays baseball operations president Erik Neander looks on as shortstop Wander Franco prepares to sign a franchise-record deal with the team.
  17. Jordan Luplow (25) is congratulated in the Rays dugout after hitting a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS on Oct. 8.
  18. Rays leftfielder Randy Arozarena, left, and shortstop Wander Franco, right, celebrate Arozarena’s solo home run in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox in October at Tropicana Field.
  19. Rowdies fans celebrate after defeating the Louisville City FC in overtime during the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference final last Saturday.
  20. Wander Franco never has a reason to worry about money again. For that matter, neither do his descendants. A guaranteed $185 million deal may eventually turn out to be a bargain for the Rays, but there is still risk involved.
  21. Rays two-way prospect Brendan McKay will rehab as a pitcher and is expected to begin throwing in February.
  22. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor chats with Tampa Bay Rays Presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman while being lifted by a Tampa Fire Rescue ladder in October to unfurl a banner celebrating the Rays' return to the playoffs.
  23. Wander Franco and the Rays are working toward a 10-plus-year deal for nearly $200 million guaranteed.
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