The Rays work out a new deal with infielder Yandy Diaz, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
The corner infielder ranked third in the American League with a .401 on-base percentage and had a career-high .824 OPS last season.
Rob Manfred offers thanks to Mayor Ken Welch and says the league is looking forward to working with him on finalizing a deal.
John Romano | The team acknowledges that Tampa is the more attractive location, but St. Pete has the best chance of getting a ballpark built.
A state-of-the-art facility in the redeveloped Tropicana Field site is expected to draw more fans and sponsors, and lead to an increase in payroll.


  1. Yandy Diaz has joined a growing list of Rays players who has agreed to give up a year or two of free agency in order to get guaranteed money during their arbitration years.
  2. The Rays work out a new deal with infielder Yandy Diaz, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
  3. In a statement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred thanked St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch "for reaffirming St. Petersburg’s commitment" to baseball and the Rays. "We look forward to working with the Mayor to secure the Rays’ long-term future in Tampa Bay," he said.
  4. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch, left, gets a hug from Rays president Brian Auld after Welch gave his 2023 State of the City address on the steps of City Hall on Monday.
  5. Rays president Brian Auld answers questions while talking with reporters during a news conference at Tropicana Field on Monday.
  6. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch gives his 2023 State of the City address on the steps of City Hall on Monday. During the speech, Welch announced he'd be backing a plan by the Tampa Bay Rays and global development firm Hines to redevelop the city's 86-acre Tropicana Field site.
  7. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch gives his 2023 State of the City on the steps of City Hall on Monday.
  8. Jeffrey Springs got a new deal this week, with incentives and award bonuses that could potentially boost his pay.
  9. On Friday, the Rays signed relief pitcher Pete Fairbanks to a new multi-year deal.
  10. The Rays are trying to avoid an arbitration hearing with Yandy Diaz, with a new deal possibly finalized by Tuesday.
  11. Pete Fairbanks is the second Rays pitcher to sign a long-term deal this week, joining Jeffrey Springs.
  12. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has to weigh neighborhood concerns, economic drivers and baseball interests when choosing which developer will be in charge of reimagining the Tropicana Field site.
  13. Jeffrey Springs moved into the Rays rotation in early May and adapted quickly to the starting role.
  14. “One of the lessons we learned very early on in the process was, trying to tell the community what it needs is a losing proposition,” Rays president Brian Auld said. “But if you really listen and you explain what assets you have as a big-league ballclub, you can really make a difference.”
  15. Then-Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen fields a ball hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks during a 2010 game in Cincinnati. Rolen was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in voting announced Tuesday.
  16. Then-Triple-A Durham manager Jared Sandberg, right, shown with former Rays prospect Brent Honeywell at the 2017 All-Star Futures Game in Miami.
  17. Hall of Fame candidate Scott Rolen had a .281 career batting average with 316 home runs and 1,287 RBIs for Philadelphia (1996-2002), St. Louis (2002-07), Toronto (2008-09) and Cincinnati (2009-12). The seven-time All-Star was a unanimous pick as the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year, hit .421 as the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series and won eight Gold Gloves.
  18. Is this the year Josh Lowe finally gets things clicking in the majors?
  19. Oakland Athletics Sal Bando slams a double to drive home the winning run in the final game of the 1972 World Series against the Reds in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  20. Former USF infielder Veronica "Ronnie" Gajownik has been hired as manager of the Hillsboro (Oregon) Hops, a High Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  21. Jeffrey Springs went from reliever to starter for the first time in the majors, and now he wants to be compensated accordingly.
  22. Leon Jackson, the last surviving member of the Courageous 12, the first Black officers on the St. Petersburg Police force, receives a personalized jersey from Stephen Thomas, the Rays' vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, on Jackie Robinson Day last season.
  23. Former mayor of Sacramento and former NBA player Kevin Johnson speaks during a press conference by local Black pastors announcing their official endorsement of Sugar Hill Community Partners as their choice for the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site on May 19, 2022. A group of pastors were flown out to Sacramento by Sugar Hill to see the city's mixed-use and multi-family housing developments.
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