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  • • Corey Kluber, Steve Cishek, Anthony Swarzak Throw For Teams
    Free-agent right-hander Corey Kluber held a showcase for interested teams today, and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets that relievers Anthony Swarzak and Steve Cishek both threw for teams as well. (All three are clients of Jet Sports Management, so it’s natural that they’d host the workout together.) As many as 25 teams…...2021
  • • Rays GM Erik Neander Discusses Blake Snell Trade
    Tampa Bay’s rotation took a serious hit this week when the team shipped left-hander Blake Snell to San Diego, and general manager Erik Neander admitted Tuesday (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times) that the Rays “are not as good a team without him.” Despite that, Neander insisted to Topkin and other reporters that…...2020
  • • Phillies Acquire Jose Alvarado In Three-Team Trade With Rays, Dodgers
    The Rays, Phillies, and Dodgers are in combination on a three-team deal, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links).  As part of the swap, left-hander Jose Alvarado will go from the Rays to the Phillies, and minor league first baseman Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later or cash…...2020
  • • Quick Hits: Rule Changes, Angels, McCann
    During a Zoom call with reporters, Rockies manager Bud Black suggested the possibility of teams losing their DH upon pulling their starting pitcher from the game, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The rule change’s purpose would be to deter the use of openers, while keeping some National League strategy in the game…...2020
  • • Health Notes: Honeywell, Chapman, Bellinger, Elias
    Rays prospect recently Brent Honeywell underwent a staggering fourth elbow surgery since his last in-game appearance back in 2017, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The latest operation, however, was an arthroscopic procedure to alleviate some mild discomfort and is not expected to impact Honeywell’s readiness for the upcoming 2021 season. Optimistic prognosis notwithstanding,̷...2020
  • • Rays To Sign Michael Wacha
    8:51am: The two sides are in agreement on a one-year deal worth $3MM, Topkin tweets. It’s the same salary that Wacha earned with the Mets in 2020 (prior to pro-rating). 8:30am: The Rays are “deep” in talks with free-agent right-hander Michael Wacha, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The CAA client…...2020
  • • Rays To Re-Sign Mike Zunino
    The Rays have agreed to a new deal with catcher Mike Zunino, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter link).  It is a one-year contract for the veteran backstop, with a club option for the 2022 season.  Zunino is represented by Jet Sports Management. Zunino will get $3MM in guaranteed money, MLB Network’s…...2020
  • • Rays Re-Sign Andrew Kittredge To Minor League Deal
    The Rays and righty Andrew Kittredge have agreed to a minor league contract, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Kittredge hit the injured list with a season-ending UCL issue in August, but agent Brian Grieper tells Topkin that Kittredge has had three bullpen sessions at full intensity without further issue. He’ll be ready…...2020
  • • Rays Prioritizing Catchers
    The Rays’ primary focus early in the virtual Winter Meetings is to upgrade their catching corps, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The team has only one catcher on its 40-man roster at the moment — prospect Ronaldo Hernandez, who is not yet MLB-ready — and will need to add multiple options, be…...2020
  • • Rays, Cubs Complete Jose Martinez Trade
    The Rays and Cubs have completed their Aug. 30 Jose Martinez trade, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). The Rays acquired cash rather than a player to be named later to round out the deal. The initial trade was announced as Martinez to the Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder…...2020

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  • • Health Notes: Honeywell, Chapman, Bellinger, Elias
    Rays prospect recently Brent Honeywell underwent a staggering fourth elbow surgery since his last in-game appearance back in 2017, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The latest operation, however, was an arthroscopic procedure to alleviate some mild discomfort and is not expected to impact Honeywell’s readiness for the upcoming 2021 season. Optimistic prognosis notwithstanding,̷...2020
  • • Oliver Drake Elects Free Agency
    Tampa Bay Rays reliever Oliver Drake has elected free agency, per MLB.com’s Juan Toribio (via Twitter). The Rays designated Drake for assignment after an injury forced him from their playoff roster. Though he’s obviously done for this season, the Rays could re-sign the much-traveled reliever, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter).…...2020
  • • Yonny Chirinos Likely To Undergo Tommy John Surgery
    Rays right-hander Yonny Chirinos landed on the IL this week due to an elbow strain, and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times now reports (via Twitter) that the right-hander’s injury is not only a season-ender but will likely require Tommy John surgery. It’s a tough blow to the same first-place Rays pitching staff that…...2020
  • • Rays’ Brendan McKay To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
    Rays southpaw Brendan McKay will undergo left shoulder surgery on Wednesday and miss the rest of the 2020 season, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin reports (via Twitter).  A clear recovery timeline isn’t yet known, though the Rays hope McKay can be ready for the start of Spring Training. More analysis to come…...2020
  • • Quick Hits: Snell, Nationals, Cubs
    Rays left-hander Blake Snell, the recipient of a cortisone shot in his elbow last week, threw 20 fastballs on flat ground Tuesday and came out of it “fine,” according to manager Kevin Cash (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times). Snell’s slated to continue working back this week, but even if things go well,…...2020
  • • Rays Prospect Garrett Whitley Diagnosed With Facial Fractures
    In a scary incident during yesterday’s Grapefruit League contest, Rays propect Garrett Whitley was struck in the face by a foul ball that entered the team’s dugout. He has been diagnosed with “multiple facial fractures,” according to manager Kevin Cash (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, on Twitter). On the positive side, Whitley…...2020
  • • Rays prospect Garrett Whitley diagnosed with facial fractures
    In a scary incident during Monday’s Grapefruit League contest, Rays prospect Garrett Whitley was struck in the face by a foul ball that entered the team’s dugout. He has been diagnosed with “multiple facial fractures,” according to manager Kevin Cash (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, on Twitter). On the positive side, Whitley was in stable enough condition to spend the night at home rather ...2020
  • • Blake Snell still optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day after getting cortisone shot in elbow
    Blake Snell spoke with the media Sunday morning about the cortisone shot he received in his throwing elbow Friday. He reiterated that he doesn’t view the issue as a long-term concern, calling the injection a precautionary measure, via Juan Toribio of MLB.com. Nevertheless, he stopped short of declaring he’d be ready for Opening Day, though he is still optimistic, via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay T...2020
  • • Griffin Canning's injury situation remains unclear
    Griffin Canning’s ongoing health concerns will remain uncertain until Sunday at the earliest.  The message from Angels manager Joe Maddon certainly paints the situation as unusual, per The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya. Whether there’s mixed messaging coming from the medical staff themselves, or if this particular injury is causing undue confusion isn’t totally clear from Joe’s comments. What is clear ...2020
  • • After multiple injury setbacks, Rays top prospect Brent Honeywell returns to mound
    In a key moment for the Rays and righty Brent Honeywell, the prized youngster resumed throwing from the mound on Friday, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He remains a long ways away from competitive action but now can begin his rehab in earnest. Long a lauded talent, Honeywell has been rehabbing for about two years now. He was sidelined by a brutal string of health problems in his el...2020

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  • • Rays To Sign Michael Wacha
    8:51am: The two sides are in agreement on a one-year deal worth $3MM, Topkin tweets. It’s the same salary that Wacha earned with the Mets in 2020 (prior to pro-rating). 8:30am: The Rays are “deep” in talks with free-agent right-hander Michael Wacha, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The CAA client…...2020
  • • Rays To Re-Sign Mike Zunino
    The Rays have agreed to a new deal with catcher Mike Zunino, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter link).  It is a one-year contract for the veteran backstop, with a club option for the 2022 season.  Zunino is represented by Jet Sports Management. Zunino will get $3MM in guaranteed money, MLB Network’s…...2020
  • • Rays Re-Sign Andrew Kittredge To Minor League Deal
    The Rays and righty Andrew Kittredge have agreed to a minor league contract, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Kittredge hit the injured list with a season-ending UCL issue in August, but agent Brian Grieper tells Topkin that Kittredge has had three bullpen sessions at full intensity without further issue. He’ll be ready…...2020
  • • Rays, Cubs Complete Jose Martinez Trade
    The Rays and Cubs have completed their Aug. 30 Jose Martinez trade, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). The Rays acquired cash rather than a player to be named later to round out the deal. The initial trade was announced as Martinez to the Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder…...2020
  • • AL Notes: Rays, Phillips, White Sox, Encarnación, Vaughn, Rodon, Gonzalez, Mazara
    The Rays and Astros have roster decisions to make before their 10am deadlines. Both teams plan on adding a pitcher for the ALCS. For the Rays, Josh Fleming, Jose Alvarado, Ryan Sherriff, or even Brent Honeywell look like the top candidates to join the roster, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Brett Phillips,…...2020
  • • Rays Add Top Prospect Shane McClanahan To Playoff Roster
    The Rays are adding top left-handed pitching prospect Shane McClanahan to their postseason roster, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. They’ll need to make a 40-man roster move to formally select the 2018 first-rounder’s contract. More to come....2020
  • • Rays Acquire Outfielder Michael Gigliotti From Royals
    The Rays have acquired speedy outfielder Michael Gigliotti from the Royals to complete a July 21st trade, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The deal allowed Kansas City to keep control over Rule 5 draft pick Stephen Woods Jr. The Royals have announced the deal. The team also announced the release…...2020
  • • Rays To Select Josh Fleming
    The Rays will select the contract of lefty Josh Fleming from their alternate training site this weekend, manager Kevin Cash announced to reporters (Twitter link via Rays pregame/postgame host Neil Solondz). He’ll start Sunday’s game for Tampa Bay. A Saturday starter hasn’t been named, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets that Charlie…...2020
  • • Rays Add Xavier Edwards To Player Pool
    The Rays added infielder Xavier Edwards to their 60-man player pool Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. He reported to their alternate training site. Edwards was a first-round pick of the Padres in 2018, when the club selected him 38th overall. He’s now a top 100-caliber prospect, but the Padres traded him…...2020
  • • Quick Hits: Bitsko, Tanaka, Moskos, Draft Prospects
    Nick Bitsko was originally slated to be part of the 2021 draft class, so when the young righty took some extra courses to graduate high school after his junior year and thus become eligible for the 2020 draft, the Rays didn’t have a ton of fresh information available, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times…...2020

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  • • Tony Clark: MLBPA’s ‘strong preference’ Rays remain in Tampa Bay
    The Rays’ deliberations about splitting their season between Tampa Bay and Montreal have their fair share of logistical difficulties. Among them could be opposition from the team’s players, who would face unique living and family challenges if the plan were ever to get green-lit. Until  Saturday night, however, the Players Association had remained quiet about the matter. MLBPA executive director T...2020
  • • Rays Place Colby Rasmus On Restricted List
    3:53pm: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets that there are no new issues with Rasmus, adding that the outfielder may simply wish to spend more time with his family. Rasmus is married and has children and has previously gone on record to state that he likely wouldn’t play even into his mid-30s because of…...2017

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  • • Yankees, D-Backs, Rays Agree To Three-Team Trade; Souza To Arizona, Drury To New York
    5:47pm: The D-backs are also sending left-hander Anthony Banda, one of their top overall prospects, to the Rays in the deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that minor league righty Taylor Weidner is going from Arizona to New York in the deal, too. 5:37pm:…...2018
  • • Rays To Select Josh Fleming
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  • • Dodgers To Acquire Logan Forsythe From Rays
    5:55pm: Forsythe is indeed going to the Dodgers for De Leon, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). 5:47pm: The Dodgers are “deep into discussions” with the Rays on a deal that would deliver second baseman Logan Forsythe to Los Angeles, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). Indeed, it seems that…...2017
  • • Twins Acquire Jake Odorizzi
    The Twins have acquired right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter link).  Shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios is going back to the Rays in return, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports.  Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported earlier tonight that the two clubs had agreed to some sort of a…...2018
  • • Rays Have Opened Extension Talks With Glasnow, Meadows
    The Rays have approached Tyler Glasnow’s representatives at Wasserman and Austin Meadows’ representatives at Excel Sports about potential long-term deals for the pair of burgeoning stars, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. There’s no indication that talks with either party have progressed beyond the preliminary stage, but the reaction from the pair is…...2020
  • • Rays, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Finalizing Two-Year Contract
    The Rays are finalizing a two-year contract with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (via Twitter). The contract being discussed would guarantee the first baseman/outfielder about $12MM total, per Topkin. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman indicates that a deal has been agreed upon (Twitter links). Because he was posted by the Yokohama…...2019
  • • Rays To Sign Carlos Gomez
    The Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez (via Twitter). He’ll receive a $4MM if he passes a physical, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). The deal also includes $500K in potential incentives and a $500K assignment bonus, per Jon Heyman…...2018
  • • Orioles To Acquire Tim Beckham
    The Rays have traded infielder Tim Beckham to the Orioles, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter). Minor league right-hander Tobias Myers goes to the Rays in return, Topkin further tweets. Beckham, 27, was the first overall pick of the 2008 draft but has yet to live up to that billing. He…...2017
  • • Rays Prospect Garrett Whitley Diagnosed With Facial Fractures
    2020
  • • AL Rumors: Rays, Archer, Longoria, Yanks, White Sox, Machado, Red Sox
    The Astros and Phillies have interest in Rays right-hander Chris Archer, joining a slew of previously reported clubs, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays clearly wouldn’t have any trouble finding a taker for Archer, thanks to his track record, age (29) and team-friendly contract (four years, $34MM). Teammate and face of…...2017
  • • Grant Balfour Retires
    Longtime MLB reliever Grant Balfour has officially wrapped up his 12-year MLB career, he tells Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Balfour, 38, last pitched briefly in early 2015 with the Rays. Last we checked in, Balfour expressed interest in continuing to pitch. Of course, that was at the end of May of 2015, and…...2016
  • • Rays Activate Austin Meadows
    The Rays can look forward to a significant lineup boost. The team has activated outfielder Austin Meadows from the COVID-19 injured list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. Meadows has yet to make his season debut. He had already been cleared to rejoin the team but needed a few weeks to ramp up…...2020
  • • Chris Archer Drawing Plenty Of Interest
    Rays right-hander Chris Archer is drawing widespread interest early in the Winter Meetings, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Braves, Brewers, Twins, Cardinals and Cubs are some of the teams eyeing Archer, according to Topkin. Given that Archer’s one of the most valuable trade chips in the game, his popularity around the…...2017
  • • Rays Acquire Trevor Plouffe From Athletics
    The Rays have acquired infielder Trevor Plouffe from the Athletics for cash considerations or a player to be named later, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes (Twitter links). The Rays will also receive cash in the deal, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweets, presumably to cover a portion of the approximately $3MM left on Plouffe’s…...2017

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  • • Quick Hits: Rule Changes, Angels, McCann
    2020
  • • Oliver Drake Elects Free Agency
    2020
  • • Giants Acquire Daniel Roberston, Designate Hunter Pence
    The Giants have acquired infielder Daniel Robertson from the Rays in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Robertson has been assigned to the Giants’ alternate training site. To clear 40-man roster space, outfielder Hunter Pence has been designated for assignment, reports Kerry…...2020
  • • Rays To Select Josh Fleming
    2020
  • • Rays Add Xavier Edwards To Player Pool
    2020
  • • Rays Shut Down Brendan McKay
    The Rays have shut down young left-hander Brendan McKay on account of tightness in his pitching shoulder, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times relays. The two-way player had been working back from a positive COVID-19 test at the Rays’ alternate training site before the team had to shelve him again. There’s no word on…...2020
  • • Rays Activate Austin Meadows
    2020
  • • Rays Place Kevan Smith On Injured List, Recall Daniel Robertson
    The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled infielder Daniel Robertson just a couple days after sending him to their alternate training site. Catcher Kevan Smith was placed on the injured list, per the team. Smith, 32, has been suffering from cold symptoms, prompting some coronavirus concern, though he’s tested negative, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa…...2020
  • • Austin Meadows Cleared For Workouts
    Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been cleared to resume training and is currently working out at the Rays’ minor league camp, manager Kevin Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times and other reporters.  Meadows was placed on the injured list nine days ago due to a positive COVID-19 test and said he suffered…...2020
  • • Rays To Select Contract Of Ryan Thompson
    The Rays have decided to carry sidearmer Ryan Thompson on the Opening Day roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He’ll be selected to the 40-man roster today. It’ll certainly be interesting to see whether Thompson can carve out a MLB career after an impressive showing during this year’s two training periods. The…...2020

Marc Topkin rumors, scandals

  • • Charlie Morton: Astros' World Series 'negatively affected' by cheating
    Current Houston Astros are still not reflecting on their role in the team’s 2017 cheating scandal, but members of that team who have moved on to other organizations are proving a bit more open. Charlie Morton, who closed out the 2017 World Series but is now with the Tampa Bay Rays, admitted that the championship may be tainted by the scandal. “I think the perception of that World Series was negati...2020
  • • Rays pitcher Blake Snell feels Astros stealing signs is worse than PED use
    Tampa Bay Rays pitchers Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow can be added to the growing list of players who feel some members of the Houston Astros organization got off too easy. Snell and Glasnow discussed the Astros’ cheating scandal following a workout at Tropicana Field on Friday. Glasnow said he feels Major League Baseball was “relatively lax” in not punishing any players who knowingly cheated, whi...2020
  • • Rays broached extension talks with Willy Adames, Brent Honeywell
    The Rays have traditionally been pretty aggressive in locking up young players to early career extensions, as evidenced by their recent deals with Blake Snell and Brandon Lowe.  Beyond that duo, Willy Adames and Brent Honeywell told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that they had also been approached about long-term deals. Adames has been a consensus top-25 prospect in baseball in each of the las...2019
  • • For Rays in deep AL East, pitching remains a major concern
    Matt Duffy is slated to be the Tampa Bay Rays starting third baseman, with newcomer Yandy Diaz also seeing time at the hot corner. Diaz figures to split his time between third, first and “eventually” the outfield, according to manager Kevin Cash.  In terms of further offseason additions, pitching remains an area of concern, though Cash is confident with the group he has now, per Marc Topkin of the...2019
  • • Giants have no intention of letting Yankees acquire Bumgarner
    It’s well known that the Yankees are looking to bolster their rotation, though the cost to acquire a starter is “out of control right now,” a source close to the team informed Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Nevertheless, Feinsand goes on to list a few starters the Yankees could pursue, including Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. As you’d expect, though, Bumgarner’s not going anywhere. A Giants executive to...2018
  • • It's Time for MLB Star Evan Longoria to Be Shopped to the Highest Bidder
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