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McKay named top first-base prospect in MLB

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:04:29 EDT

When the Rays picked Brendan McKay fourth overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, they were fascinated by the idea of making a two-for-one selection for a player with Shohei Ohtani-like intrigue.

Around the Horn: Rays' infield has uncertainty

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:10:48 EDT

Willy Aybar was the Rays' Opening Day third baseman in 2008, making him the last player other than Evan Longoria to fill that role. Alas, things change, as the Rays traded Longoria to the Giants in December, opening the door for someone else to take over the hot corner.

McKay among top 10 LHP prospects

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:44:18 EDT

Sitting atop this year's LHP list is 19-year-old MacKenzie Gore, who turned in a stellar professional debut after the Padres drafted him third overall. He's one of four southpaws ages 20 or younger in a group that also features three newcomers as well as a pair of Braves big leaguers.

Honeywell poised to take next step in 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:52:32 EDT

No matter the setting, Brent Honeywell has risen to the occasion.

Robertson honors father, family with fundraiser

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:47:44 EDT

In the Rays' clubhouse, no one is more compassionate toward the burdensome impact of cancer than rookie Daniel Robertson, whose charitable efforts brought a number players from across Major League Baseball together on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Upland, Calif.

Dickerson, Souza among 7 to agree to terms

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:11:56 EDT

Jake Odorizzi and Adeiny Hechavarria will go to arbitration, while the Rays settled on 2018 contracts with their other seven arbitration-eligible players on Friday. The seven include: right-hander Dan Jennings, outfielder/DH Corey Dickerson; infielder Brad Miller, catcher Jesus Sucre, right-hander Alex Colome, outfielder Steven Souza Jr., and infielder Matt Duffy.

Inbox: What are Rays' plans for Mallex?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:20:22 EDT

What are the Rays' plans for Mallex Smith? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

Rays' Top 30 Prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:03:54 EDT

Who do the Rays have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Tampa Bay's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

Rays announce in-house personnel changes

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:42:20 EDT

Melanie Lenz's promotion highlighted a series of personnel changes announced by the Rays on Thursday.

Depth, high-octane heat hallmarks of bullpen

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EDT

Putting together the Rays' 2018 bullpen might present management with one of the more intricate puzzles to solve in recent years.

Rays announce Minors coaching, medical staffs

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:46:07 EDT

The Rays announced their 2018 Minor League on-field coaching and medical staffs on Wednesday.

No shortage of talent in Rays' rotation, pipeline

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 00:00:36 EDT

Starting pitching has long been the strength of the Rays. Nothing should change that perception in 2018.

Despite uncertainty, lineup flashes potential

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EDT

A lot of juggling could take place on the Rays' roster between now and the beginning of the 2018 season. However, one thing is known: Evan Longoria will not be in the lineup. While one constant will be missing, others remain, along with a host of uncertainty about whether certain players will be traded by Tampa Bay in the hopes of building for the future.

Duffy nears full recovery after missing all of '17

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 14:50:29 EDT

Matt Duffy feels like his 2017 nightmare is in the past, and he's ready to rejoin the Major Leagues.

Treasure rest: Relaxed winter helping Souza

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 14:26:15 EDT

Getting ready for the next season is one thing. Healing from the previous season is another. Steven Souza Jr. is pleased that he's no longer having to do both.

Rays in good shape behind plate for 2018

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:07:21 EDT

While speculation runs rampant about who will play where for the Rays next season, the catching spot, ironically, appears rock solid.

Inbox: Who could replace Cobb in rotation?

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:39:45 EDT

With Alex Cobb a free agent, who might replace him in the Rays' rotation? Beat reporter Bill Chastain opens up the Inbox.

Can Snell recreate 2nd half, take next step?

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 19:31:42 EDT

Will Blake Snell continue on the track he followed in the second half of the 2017 season after a disappointing first half? That is one of five questions the Rays face heading into the 2018 season.

Kiermaier, Dickerson led promising Rays in '17

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 11:58:51 EDT

With the 2017 season in the books, let's take a look at the top five Rays highlights.

Rays' Lowe primed for breakout in '18

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 02:36:43 EDT

Jonathan Mayo breaks down a list of an even dozen prospects -- six hitters and six pitchers -- who seem primed to have big 2018 seasons and who could, as a result, land on our Top 100 at some point in the current year.

Kiermaier evolving into dual threat for Rays

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 20:19:14 EDT

Kevin Kiermaier has always spoiled Rays fans with his defense. But in 2017, Kiermaier began to fuel expectations on offense as well, prompting the question: How good can he be?

Inbox: What does Longo trade say about Rays?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:42:35 EDT

Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers fans' questions in a new edition of the Rays Inbox.

Longoria takes out ad to thank Rays fans

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:58:59 EDT

Longoria takes out ad to thank Rays fans

Raymond survives meeting WWE's Bautista

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:16:03 EDT

Raymond survives meeting WWE's Bautista

Giants' top prospect among haul for Longo

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:55:11 EDT

On Wednesday, the Rays traded Evan Longoria to the Giants for a return headlined by their top prospect and infielder Christian Arroyo, along with veteran outfielder Denard Span and pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods.

Tropicana Field turns to gridiron for bowl game

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 01:43:53 EDT

Temple quarterback Frank Nutile dropped back from second base into shallow center field and lofted a soft liner toward home. With a Florida International defender on his back, a sliding Adonis Jennings hauled it in just into foul ground on the third-base line.

Rays complete deal with prospect Marte

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:50:07 EDT

The Rays officially signed 16-year-old international free agent Jelfry Marte on Monday.

Longoria's best moments with the Rays

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:01:07 EDT

Longoria's best moments with the Rays

Rays send catcher Heim to A's to finish deal

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:19:58 EDT

The A's acquired catcher Jonah Heim from the Rays on Tuesday as the player to be named in the trade that sent infielder Joey Wendle to Tampa Bay on Dec. 11.

Rays could get creative when assembling 'pen

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:41:01 EDT

Circumstances helped usher the Rays into a new bullpen era in 2015. Now some of those ideas have been adopted throughout the Major Leagues -- particularly during the past two postseasons -- and Tampa Bay is continuing to explore better ways to line up its pitching from starter to closer for any given game.

Venters among 13 invited to Rays' spring camp

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:52:16 EDT

Veteran left-hander Jonny Venters highlighted a group of 13 players who agreed to Minor League contracts with the Rays that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Rays lose Smith, keep Ciuffo in Rule 5 Draft

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:38 EDT

Heading into Thursday's 2017 Rule 5 Draft, the Rays were braced to lose catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Burch Smith in the Major League phase. They only lost Smith, who was selected by the Mets, who traded him to the Royals.

As talks continue, Rays settle for minor moves

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:59:25 EDT

Major League Baseball's Rule 5 Draft was on the minds of many on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings. Many expect the Rays to lose two players, catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Burch Smith, by the time the Major League phase is completed Thursday morning.

Rays acquire int'l slot money in deal with M's

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:34:36 EDT

The Rays acquired international slot money Wednesday morning by trading left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to the Mariners. The money could prove to be a valuable tool in signing 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Jelfry Marte.

Rays get Schimpf from SD for Minor Leaguer

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:37:21 EDT

For the second time in as many days, the Rays made a deal at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings. On Tuesday, the Rays announced that they acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the Padres in exchange for Minor League infielder Deion Tansel. On Monday, Tampa Bay acquired infielder Joey Wendle from the A's in exchange for a player to be named.

Cash emphasizes value of 'pen, middle relievers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:59:08 EDT

Kevin Cash hit leadoff Monday when he became the first of the 30 Major League managers to meet with the media at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings.

Dickerson could be key to Rays' success in '18

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:08:11 EDT

Corey Dickerson can carry a team's offense. Looking forward to the 2018 season, he is a guy in the lineup who can make the difference between going to the postseason or not.

MLB Pipeline's Top 50 Draft prospects for 2018

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:08:54 EDT

For the first time in three years, the top spot on's early Draft Top 50 list is not topped by a high school pitcher. It should come as no surprise that the top guy is still a pitcher, and one from the 2017 College World Series champion Florida Gators. Right-hander Brady Singer, who helped pitch them to that title as a sophomore, is the clear choice as the best overall talent in the 2018 Draft class.

Miller among 9 Rays offered contracts

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:02:52 EDT

Nine arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts by the Rays prior to Major League Baseball's Friday night deadline.