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Cash has learned to expect unexpected

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:09:44 EDT

Ask Kevin Cash what advice he'd give someone who's about to take over a Major League team and who's never managed at any level, and there's little hesitation. "Prepare yourself for the unexpected," Cash said, followed by a chuckle.

Rays tender offers to all arbitration-eligible players

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:47:40 EDT

The Rays tendered contacts to all of their arbitration-eligible players before Major League Baseball's non-tender deadline passed Friday.

Rays add Greany to training staff

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:36:59 EDT

The Rays have hired Joey Greany as their Major League strength and conditioning assistant.

Rays head to Meetings with open minds

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:00:00 EDT

Making deals is the sexy part of the Winter Meetings. However, that lure won't necessarily prompt the Rays to agree to any deals.

Rays listening, but in no rush to deal Archer

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:02:54 EDT

Seems like every couple of days there's another report about teams having interest in acquiring Rays right-hander Chris Archer, an All-Star in 2015 who led the Major Leagues with 19 losses in '16. The Rays, rest assured, are hearing and reading all about it, and wondering just how high a price a suitor might be willing to pay.

Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:55 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:15:09 EDT

Major League Baseball's players and owners have reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season.

The Next Big Leaguers: Rays' Honeywell

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:33:11 EDT

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

Rays' Top 30 Prospects list

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:23:08 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 could go in several directions at Meetings

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:52:30 EDT

Based on how the Rays finished the 2015 season, the forecast for 2016 was bright. Instead, the Rays finished in the cellar of the American League East. Now the front office must evaluate whether to view '16 as an outlier, or if wholesale changes need to take place before '17.

Piniella to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:03:46 EDT

The Today's Game Era ballot for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be voted upon this Sunday at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Five former Major League players, three executives and two managers will be considered, and the results of the voting will be announced live on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight" at 6 p.m. ET.

Rays lose Geltz on waiver claim by Brewers

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:35:02 EDT

Steve Geltz will not be back with the Rays in 2017 as the Brewers claimed the 29-year-old right-handed reliever off waivers Monday.

Mahtook gives back in memory of his father

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:33:28 EDT

Rays outfielder Mikie Mahtook appreciates having a platform to make a difference. That has allowed him to address a cause that is dear to him because of family circumstances. Mahtook's father, Mikie, died of cardiomyopathy at age 32, when Mikie was only 4 years old.

Honeywell among Fall League's Top 25 prospects

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:39:49 EDT

Jim Callis identifies the top 25 prospects from the 2016 Arizona Fall League.

Souza earmarked for RF, though not a lock

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:02:46 EDT

Steven Souza Jr. has been an enigma throughout his two-year tenure with the Rays. Though Souza is not a lock to be the club's right fielder in 2017, he appears to be the most likely candidate.

Inbox: Rays to use starters as trade chips?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:06:04 EDT

Should the Rays use their starting-pitching depth to address areas of need? Will Matt Duffy be ready for Spring Training? Beat reporter Bill Chastain has answers in the Inbox.

Rays add 3 prospects in deal with Mariners

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:16:04 EDT

The Rays acquired three Minor League prospects from the Mariners in exchange for Richie Shaffer and Taylor Motter on Friday.

Rays announce 2017 Spring Training schedule

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:05:31 EDT

The Rays announced their 2017 Spring Training schedule, with the first workout for pitchers and catchers set for Feb. 14. The first full-squad workout will be on Feb. 19, and the team's first game is set for Feb. 24 on the road against the Twins.

Analyzing Archer's status in trade market

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:45:10 EDT

Chris Archer is in play. That's what the Hot Stove rumor mill has to say about the talented Rays right-hander.

Inbox: Will Rays alter bullpen approach in '17?

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:14:27 EDT

Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers fans' questions in the latest Rays Inbox.

Kiermaier earns Defensive POY Award in CF

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:05:56 EDT

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on Friday night was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for the position.

Archer to pitch for Team USA in 2017 Classic

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:28:17 EDT

Chris Archer was a senior at Clayton (N.C.) High School in the spring of 2006, when the World Baseball Classic debuted as the sport's premier international tournament. The Rays right-hander confirmed to that he's accepted an invitation to pitch for Team USA this March.

Souza 'pleased' with results of hip surgery

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:00:48 EDT

Steven Souza Jr. didn't really know how much he was hurting until after his season-ending hip surgery took place.

Rumors circulate regarding Longoria, Archer

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 17:25:00 EDT

Predictably, the early rounds of the Hot Stove season include the names of Rays players. Evan Longoria and Chris Archer were front and center on Wednesday, though the rumors don't sound serious and the Rays did not confirm either.

Archer restores value with strong second half

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:03:05 EDT

Chris Archer's 9-19 record for a last-place team makes it easy to write him off, yet his second half looked a whole like lot the 2015 season that got him a fifth-place finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

Kiermaier wins 2nd straight Gold Glove Award

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:20:04 EDT

Respect is the best word to describe Kevin Kiermaier winning a second consecutive Gold Glove as the American League's best defensive center fielder.

Rays' pitching attractive to other clubs

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:44:19 EDT

Rays senior vice president of baseball operations/general manager Erik Neander said the fact that many clubs will be calling about right-handers Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi is a compliment -- to his organization and to players on a team that often has to trade assets to maintain a tight payroll.

Looking to boost 'pen, Jepsen could be FA target

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:17:00 EDT

The Rays did not live up to expectations in 2016, which makes the notion of change popular. Yet there are some solid pieces in place heading into the offseason.

Staats a finalist for 2017 Frick Award

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 20:10:42 EDT

Dewayne Staats has been nominated for the 2017 Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Honeywell K's 5 Top 100 prospects in 2 perfect Fall Stars frames

Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:11:11 EDT

Brent Honeywell showed why he was named the Rays' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, striking out five of MLB's Top 100 prospects in two perfect frames to open Saturday's Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game.

Watch Rays prospect Honeywell's dominating screwball

Sat, 5 Nov 2016 22:25:53 EDT

Watch Rays prospect Honeywell's dominating screwball

Archer, still elite, likely for Opening Day start

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 17:55:00 EDT

Clearly, the Rays did not have the kind of season they envisioned in 2016. But the team finished strong, playing more like the team everyone expected to see in 2016. That more than anything gives Rays fans reason to hope.