Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

Eduardo A. Encina

Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Bucs and providing pro sports enterprise. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

Five things we learned from the Byron Leftwich news conference

Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers new offensive coordinator speaks to reporters on January 18, 2019 at One Buc Place in Tampa, Fla. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has said that Leftwich will call plays this season. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
The new Bucs offensive coordinator was introduced to the media on Friday.

Bruce Arians’ comments on Antonio Brown prompts Twitter rebuttal from Steelers receiver

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) and Coach Bruce Arians, then with Arizona, greet each other before a game in 2015. Now the two may be at odds over a comment Arians made on a podcast. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The Bucs head coach labeled Brown's situation with Pittsburgh as "too much diva."

Bucs tight end Alan Cross retires from playing to pursue coaching

Bucs tight end Alan Cross, shown in practice last month, helped his chances to make the roster with a touchdown grab in Thursday's preseason win at Miami.[CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
Cross will return to alma mater, Memphis, to work as a grad assistant.

Report: Rays agree to terms with outfielder Avisail Garcia

Former White Sox Avisail Garcia agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Rays. (Paul Sancya/AP)
The deal, which is pending a physical, will pay Garcia $3.5 million and includes an addition $2.5 million in incentives.

Rays have interest in free agent Matt Davidson as a two-way player

The Rays have interest in former White Sox infielder Matt Davidson as a two-way player. Here, Davidson makes one of his three pitching appearances against Toronto on July 27, 2018, in Chicago. The third baseman has retired all six batters he's faced in the majors — though usually he's playing third base. (Nam Y. Huh / AP)
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are interested in former White Sox infielder Matt Davidson as a potential two-way player.The success of the Angels' Shohei Ohtani, last season's...