Last Build Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 02:58:43 EDT
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:09:44 EDTAsk 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.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:47:40 EDTThe Rays tendered contacts to all of their arbitration-eligible players before Major League Baseball's non-tender deadline passed Friday.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:36:59 EDTThe Rays have hired Joey Greany as their Major League strength and conditioning assistant.
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:00:00 EDTMaking deals is the sexy part of the Winter Meetings. However, that lure won't necessarily prompt the Rays to agree to any deals.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:02:54 EDTSeems 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.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:55 EDTStay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:15:09 EDTMajor League Baseball's players and owners have reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:33:11 EDTThe Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com'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.
Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:23:08 EDTWho do the Rays have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Tampa Bay's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:52:30 EDTBased 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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:03:46 EDTThe 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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:35:02 EDTSteve Geltz will not be back with the Rays in 2017 as the Brewers claimed the 29-year-old right-handed reliever off waivers Monday.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:33:28 EDTRays 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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:39:49 EDTJim Callis identifies the top 25 prospects from the 2016 Arizona Fall League.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:02:46 EDTSteven 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.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:06:04 EDTShould 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.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:16:04 EDTThe Rays acquired three Minor League prospects from the Mariners in exchange for Richie Shaffer and Taylor Motter on Friday.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:05:31 EDTThe 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.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:45:10 EDTChris Archer is in play. That's what the Hot Stove rumor mill has to say about the talented Rays right-hander.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:14:27 EDTBeat reporter Bill Chastain answers fans' questions in the latest Rays Inbox.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:05:56 EDTRays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on Friday night was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for the position.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:28:17 EDTChris 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 MLB.com that he's accepted an invitation to pitch for Team USA this March.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:00:48 EDTSteven Souza Jr. didn't really know how much he was hurting until after his season-ending hip surgery took place.
Wed, 9 Nov 2016 17:25:00 EDTPredictably, 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.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:03:05 EDTChris 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.
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:20:04 EDTRespect is the best word to describe Kevin Kiermaier winning a second consecutive Gold Glove as the American League's best defensive center fielder.
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:44:19 EDTRays 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.
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:17:00 EDTThe 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.
Mon, 7 Nov 2016 20:10:42 EDTDewayne 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.
Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:11:11 EDTBrent 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.
Sat, 5 Nov 2016 22:25:53 EDTWatch Rays prospect Honeywell's dominating screwball
Fri, 4 Nov 2016 17:55:00 EDTClearly, 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.