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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman exposes Rays negotiating position for new stadium

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The Rays thought they were negotiating in private but Kriseman brought their most recent ask to a press conference in anticipation of unveiling redevelopment plans.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman held a press conference today in anticipation of unveiling proposals for the redevelopment of the Tropicana site. Much of his announcement was pretty pro forma, but there was one surprise: he revealed that the Rays have asked to control, and...


Daniel Russell

SB Nation Reacts: Should MLB keep the DH in both leagues?

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The answer is yes, lol.

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Tampa Bay Rays fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Despite the baseball season being just a few months away, there are still major decisions left to be made, beyond free agents and spring training start dates. One of those is whether all teams will have the Designated Hitter again this year,...


Mister Lizzie

View from the Catwalk: Signings, trades, and heartfelt tributes to the late Hank Aaron

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Our new MLB beat writer Adam Berry has jumped right in, looking at possible additions to the Rays rotation. To answer the question in his title, “could the Rays pursue a boost for their rotation” the answer is...YES they sure could.

Old friend alert: Daniel Robertson will join the Milwaukee Brewers:

Daniel Robertson Brewers contract: 900K plus 400K incentives.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 22, 2021

Much stranger old friend alert:...


Adam Sanford

Luis Patino ranked 5th best RHP prospect by MLB Pipeline

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays recent acquisition is among the top pitching prospects in baseball

The prize of the deal that sent Blake Snell to the San Diego Pades, Luis Patino is among the best pitching prospects in all of baseball.

As they build up to their 100 prospect rankings being released, MLB Pipeline has listed their top ten right-handed pitching prospects in the gam entering the 2021 season. Coming in at 5th on the list is none other than the 21 year old pitcher whom...


Scott Grauer

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: No. 25

Alejandro Pie wins a tight contest of young infielders.

Previous winner

SS Alejandro Pie (R/R, 6’4 175, 19 in 2021)

2019 statistics with Dominican Summer League Rays 1: 253 PA, .289/.361/.342, 24/32 SB, 11 XBH, 4.3 BB%, 18.2 K%

Pie was one of the Rays’ top two signings in the 2018-19 international period, and he was decent in his pro debut — although his 5.9 HBP% is likely unsustainable. Despite his size and potential for growth, he could stick at shortstop thanks to his athleticism....

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Kevin Cash thinks Rays starting pitching took a 'step back' this offseason

The Tampa Bay Rays starting rotation lost some firepower this winter with the departures of Charlie Morton and Blake Snell, and manager Kevin Cash doesn't


Adam Sanford

Rays net 7 prospects in Baseball Prospectus top 101

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Wander Franco is of course, number one

Baseball Prospectus has released their top 101 prospects in the game entering the 2021 season and it comes as no surprise that Wander Franco is the highest ranked player on the list.

He is among seven players within the Rays organization to be featured. Well many of those seven names are expected, the high placement of pitcher Shane Baz may come as a bit of a surprise.

The complete rankings of the Rays prospects included on...


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Rays Sign Yacksel Rios to Minor League Deal

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Deal announced by Rios’ agent and includes a Spring Training Invite

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed RHP Yacksel Rios to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to his agent Gavin Kahn.

Congrats to our client, RHP Yacksel Rios, on his new contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. ???? #TampaBay #RaysBaseball #TampaBayRays #MLB #TeamESM @MizunoBsballNA @EnterSportsMgmt...


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View from the Catwalks: Rays galore on the Baseball Prospectus 101

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Another prospect list, more Rays prospect domination

Rays News 2021 Prospects: The Top 101 - Jeffrey Paternostro, Jarrett Seidler, and Keanan Lamb, Baseball Prospectus: Wander gets another number 1 overall, but the real eye opener is Shane Baz’s placement. Top 100 Roundtable: Was Wander Franco A Clear No. 1 Entering 2021? - J.J. Cooper, Baseball America: BaseballAmerica’s masthead discuss their process going into Wander at 1, and whether it was ever in...


Ian Malinowski

Rays Trade Target: RHP Luke Weaver

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or, “What can Luke Weaver learn from Michael Wacha?”

Earlier this week in part one of this three part series, we identified a group of pitchers with similar pitch shape to the Rays new starter Michael Wacha. That group is Brandon Bielak, Max Scherzer, Griffin Canning, Luke Weaver, Tony Gonsolin, Zach Plesac, and Lance Lynn.

In part two, we dug into the characteristics of this group, in particular their unusual rates of reverse splits, in search of...


Daniel Russell

What are the Rays waiting for?

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The Rays failed to land RHP Corey Kluber or RHP Joe Musgrove... What’s next?

The Rays are in the hunt for at least one more top flight arm to add into the rotation now that Charlie Morton was granted free agency and Blake Snell was traded to the Padres. We have profiled some of the best options along the way, and over the weekend two have moved on.

The first was two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who (as we put on the site) seemed...


Daniel Russell

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: No. 24

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Newly signed SS Carlos Colmenarez joins the top-20 after a special election.

Previous winner, via Special Election...

SS Carlos Colmenarez (L/R, 5’10 175, 17 in 2021)

Signed in 2021

The Rays have bolstered efforts to strengthen their pipeline through the international market in recent years, and Colmenarez is another big investment as one of the top...


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DRB Bracket Madness: Rays seasons play-in round results

Who you got: `05 vs `07; `00 vs `01; `04 vs `06; `03 vs -`16; `98 vs `99; `02 vs `14

Two weeks ago, we introduced the DRB “which Rays season was the all-time greatest?” bracket, a tournament style decider of which Rays season gets to rule them all. Check out the set-up and layout here if you missed, that, but otherwise, let’s get right in to the play-in round results, because there was lots of action!

2005 vs 2007

In a compelling seven game series, the 2007 Devil Rays were able to prevail over...


Ian Malinowski

What can Michael Wacha learn from his comps?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Studying platoon splits with Max Scherzer and the Many Strange Birds, part 2

Michael Wacha, signed for one year and $3 million, has been the biggest veteran addition to the Rays this offseason. It’s the type of deal a pitcher takes to partner up with a well-regarded pitching program when he’s looking to rebuild his value and sign a longer deal, and that a team takes when they want a steady presence with upside but aren’t willing or able to pay what it takes...


Ian Malinowski

What do the Rays see in Michael Wacha?

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Why Wacha is basically Max Scherzer, part 1

The Rays were fast movers on the free agent pitching market this off season, declining to bring back Charlie Morton and replacing his roster spot with... Michael Wacha, who the Rays tabbed as a “priority signing” this offseason. How did the Rays reach that conclusion?

There are many ways of evaluating pitchers.

I like to look at a pitch shape graph first before I’ve checked any statistics, watched any video,...


Adam Sanford

Five Rays prospects in Baseball America’s top 100

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The new guy slots in to the top 25 overall

With the 2021 baseball season hopefully set to commence in just a month’s time, Baseball America has released their top 100 prospects entering the new campaign, with five players from the Rays organization included among them.

1. Wander Franco, SS (2020 ranking: 1)
17. Randy Arozarena, OF (2020 ranking: not ranked)
23. Luis Patino, RHP (2020 ranking: 18)
56. Vidal Brujan, INF (2020 ranking: 51)
100. Shane McClanahan, LHP...


Mister Lizzie

View from the Catwalk: Rays settle with 4, go to arbitration with 2

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The Rays settled with some of the arbitration eligible players. ($) Tyler Glasnow will earn $4 million; Yonny Chirinos, who is unlikely to have much of in impact as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, will earn $1.175. Joey Wendle settled for $2.25 million and Manuel Margot for $3.4 million.

They will go to arbitration with Ji-Man Choi (team - $1.85M, player - $2.45M) and Ryan Yarbrough (team - $2.3M, player - $3.1M). Yarbrough’s case will be...


Scott Grauer

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List special election: Carlos Colmenarez

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The Rays have added another highly touted prospect to the system.

Previous winner

3B Kevin Padlo (R/R, 6’2 205, 24 in 2021)

2019 statistics with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham: 432 PA, .265/.389/.538, 21 HR, 53 XBH, 12/16 SB, 15.7 BB%, 26.9 K%

Padlo broke a hamate bone in 2017, and it took him until the 2019 season to get back on track. He’s always had power potential, and he started showing it in games. His average wasn’t bad, and he posted...


Adam Sanford

Taylor Walls, the next great Rays player you’ve never heard of

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The Rays future at short stop may not be the prospect you expect.

During the early days of the offseason, among the first moves made by the Tampa Bay Rays front office was to add several players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

At the time however, the Rays 40-man roster was filled nearly to the brim so the team had to make sure they added the players that they 100% wanted to make sure were still with in the organization the...

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Dodgers To Sign Enny Romero To Minor League Deal

The Dodgers will sign southpaw Enny Romero to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, per Hector Gómez of Z101 Sports (via Twitter).

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