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Rays trade for Diaz raises more questions than answers

The Tampa Bay Rays completed a three team deal that included the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners. In the trade completed on Thursday, three first baseman were on the move including the Rays’ Jake Bauers. With the dust settling, the trade has created more questions than answers. In what was surely an unsettling announcement […] Rays trade for Diaz raises more questions than answers - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion...

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Rays' active Meetings bode well for 2019

The Rays checked two of their most important offseason boxes by agreeing to terms with free-agent right-hander Charlie Morton and acquiring infielder Yandy Diaz from the Indians.

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Rays trade Jake Bauers to Cleveland for INF Yandy Diaz

Meet the Rays newest utility player, Yandy Diaz, who comes over from Cleveland in a three-way trade involving Jake Bauers. In the waning hours of the 2018 Winter Meetings, the Tampa Bay Rays made another big trade, sending 1B Jake Bauers to Cleveland to for INF Yandy Diaz and a minor-league pitcher, RHP Cole Sulser, as part of a three-team deal also involving Seattle. Long considered a top prospect for Tampa Bay, Bauers seemed to be a key part of the Rays’ core of young players. Yet his...

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Rays bet on exit velocity with Yandy Diaz acquisition

Can the right handed hitting third baseman shore up the Rays offense in a left hand dominant AL East? This morning the Tampa Bay Rays surprised many by trading Jake Bauers and $5 million as part of a three way trade that brought back Yandy Diaz from the Cleveland Indians. in other words, the Rays shed another first baseman, and this time to acquire another third baseman. While the Rays don’t have the multitude of options at third that they do at second base in the farm system, they still...

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Rays get infielder Diaz, trade Bauers to Tribe

The Rays acquired first baseman/third baseman Yandy Diaz from the Indians in a three-team trade that also involved the Mariners and sent first baseman Jake Bauers to Cleveland on Thursday. Tampa Bay will also receive Minor League righty Cole Sulser in the deal.

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Rays trade 1B Jake Bauers for 3B Yandy Diaz in 3-team deal

Tampa Bay sends Jake Bauers to Cleveland and receives Yandy Diaz and a player to be named later. As the Winter Meetings come to a close, the Rays made another big splast, landing infielder Yandy Diaz and a player to be named later for first baseman Jake Bauers. To put it lightly, this is a shock. Cleveland is also reacquiring first baseman Carlos Santana — who was traded from Philadelphia to Seattle earlier this month — and sending designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to the Mariners with...

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Rays lose RHP Sam McWilliams to Royals in the Rule 5 draft

The Kansas City Royals have selected right handed SP Sam McWilliams from the Rays Triple-A roster with the second overall selection. A physically dominating presence on the mound, McWilliams was not projected to be ready as a starter, which is how the Rays planned to continue his development.

You can read our previous writing on McWilliams as a potential Rule 5 selection here.

Before the Winter Meetings, McWilliams was tabbed as one of the top-ten likely names to be selected in the Rule 5...

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Jake Bauers will be the Rays first baseman in 2019

The Rays front office has consistently praised the first baseman at the Winter Meetings Rays first baseman Jake Bauers began his major league career with a surge. He became a key component of the Rays everyday lineup and provided stellar defense at first base. He immediately rewarded the Rays for promoting him at the ripe age of 22 years old by hitting .239/.350/.477 with 9 HR, resulting in a 128 wRC+ over his first 234 plate appearances as a big leaguer. Tha is until August, when he hit a...

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View from the Catwalk: Charlie Morton contract details emerge

and finally more goings on at these sleepy Winter Meetings.

Yesterday the damn finally broke on Winter Meetings news, and it was the Rays who came out on top, having secured the services of “World Series hero” Charlie Morton to be the new veteran presence in the Rays rotation.

Initially announced as a two-year, $30 million deal, details have emerged that the Rays were able to add a third-year option on the contract.

Per source, $15M vesting option in Charlie Morton’s two-year, $30M...

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Rays agree to a two-year, $30-million deal with Charlie Morton

The Rays have inked a two-year, $30-million deal with right-hander Charlie Morton pending a physical. The Tampa Bay Rays came to an agreement on a two-year, $30-million deal with right-hander Charlie Morton, pending a physical. The deal includes an option for up to $15-million in 2021 and assignment bonuses if Morton is traded, valued at $1-million in 2019 and $500-thousand in 2020. The 35-year-old Morton really blossomed since coming to the Astros prior to the 2017 season. His new...

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Rays trade target: 1B/DH Carlos Santana

Steamer projects a 123 wRC+ in 2019

If I were to describe the difference between this offseason and the last for the Tampa Bay Rays using one word, that word would be transparency.

One of the things we knew going into November was that the team were looking to upgrade over incumbent first baseman/DH CJ Cron, and while they’re not short of internal options, Rays senior VP of baseball ops Chaim Bloom has been shopping. And from what we’ve seen, he’s not just shopping at the Dollar Store....

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Rays agree to deal with Morton, per source

The Rays have agreed to a deal with free-agent pitcher Charlie Morton on Wednesday, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

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Rays sign Charlie Morton to two year, $30 million deal

The Rays are breaking out the checkbook! The Tampa Bay Rays have made the first big splash of the Winter Meetings, landing 2017 World Series hero Charlie Morton on a two year, $30 million deal, with a third-year option. Morton is best known for elevating his fastball velocity late in his career, and for pitching the Astros to victory in Game 7’s of the ALCS and World Series that season, including the final out. Charlie Morton can be viewed as an in-kind replacement for Nathan Eovaldi, who...

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Tampa Bay Rays sign Charlie Morton and solidify their rotation

Charlie Morton has signed a 2 year deal worth 30 million with the Tampa Bay Rays. Pairing Morton with Tyler Glasnow and Cy Young award-winning Blake Snell could give the Tampa Bay Rays a dominant trio atop their starting rotation. With Charlie Morton  signing with the Tampa Bay Rays, the 2019 rotation has become a formidable […] Tampa Bay Rays sign Charlie Morton and solidify their rotation - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion...

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The Rays could lose Sam McWilliams in the Rule 5 draft

After one season in the Rays system, McWilliams could be on the move again.

Rays starting prospect Sam McWilliams has been put on notice to be selected in the Rule 5 draft after Baseball America tabbed McWilliams as a rumored Rule 5 target.

The Rays acquired McWilliams as one of the “players to be named later” in the Steven Souza trade, along with helium relief prospect Colin Poche, back on May 1st. McWilliams was a 8th round selection out of Beech High School in Tennessee by the...

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Rays free agent rumors: Will Charlie Morton select his next team today?

Maybe!

Things could finally be coming together for the Rays at the 2018 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas: Rays free agent target Charlie Morton is said to be nearing his decision for 2019!

... or maybe not.

The title “World Series hero” certainly catches the eye. Morton pitched 10.1 innings across two games in 2017, including the final four innings of Game 7. He also started Game 7 of the ALCS, where he partnered with Lance McCullers for a similar win.

More recently, Morton only made...

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View from the Catwalk: Blake Snell hosts Fortnite tournament at Winter Meetings

A Fortnite tournament was the best thing about the Rays on Tuesday, everything else was terrible

Thus far, the Winter Meetings have been fruitful in rumors and speculation but pretty barren in terms of actual moves made. The most notable free agent signing has been Andrew McCutchen to the Philadelphia Phillies, while the Chicago White Sox acquired Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates and that’s been it.

On the Rays front, the status quo remained the same as reports yesterday were...

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Sternberg: plan to build a stadium in Ybor City is no longer viable; Rays WM update

…And, nope. With just 20 days left in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) window which allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to search regionally for a new stadium site, principal owner Stuart Sternberg told the media Tuesday the plan to build a stadium in Ybor City is no longer viable. The team remains committed to looking again for a new home in Tampa Bay. During a press conference from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Sternberg said the lack of details and progress for the proposed...

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Winter Meetings Update

The hot stove is heating up in Las Vegas for not only the Rays but for most of the league. There have been rumors swirling regarding the Tampa Bay Rays and pursuit of a right-handed hitter and a starting pitcher. Let’s recap the rumors and break down the new stadium news. I would like to […] Tampa Bay Rays: Winter Meetings Update - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Rays to reopen search for ballpark site

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Tuesday he's reopening his team's long search for a new ballpark site after being unable to reach a deal with Hillsborough County on a proposed Ybor City location near downtown Tampa, Fla.

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