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Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Rays: Myers trade deal too good to pass up

- Matt Silverman insists his plans since taking over baseball operations did not include trading Wil Myers. But it is his responsibility to listen to any inquiry about his players, and that is why Myers is now a Padre.

Foley is Rays’ bench coach; Baldelli is first-base coach

- Manager Kevin Cash moves longtime third-base coach Tom Foley to the bench and brings in former player Rocco Baldelli and minor-league coach Charlie Montoyo. Jim Hickey and Derek Shelton return.

New Rays outfielder Souza's journey rocky at times

- Outfielder Steven Souza and catcher Rene Rivera, two of the players acquired in the Wil Myers trade, are expected to begin the season on the big-league roster and, perhaps, in the Opening Day lineup. For Souza, it's a long ...

Rays to part with Myers in three-team trade

- The Rays are close to finalizing a three-team trade that will send Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan to the San Diego Padres and net them five players from the Padres and Washington Nationals.

Elbow surgery sidelines Rays reliever McGee

- Rays reliever Jake McGee will begin the season on the disabled list after having arthroscopic surgery last Friday to remove a loose body from his left elbow. He expects to return in late April or early May.

Rays deal Joyce to Angels for reliever Jepsen

- The left-handed-hitting Matt Joyce is projected to make $5 million in 2015 through arbitration and was frustrated by his lack of playing time against left-handed pitchers.

Multiple reports have Rays close to trading Myers


As if Tuesday wasn’t busy enough with the Rays trading Matt Joyce, a mainstay of their team for the past five seasons, and announcing closer Jake McGee will begin the year on the disabled list because of minor elb...

Cash eager to get to work as manager of Rays

- Kevin Cash, 37, was introduced Monday as Tampa Bay's new manager at Tropicana Field. This week, he will meet with some of his new players and coaches. Then, "it's go time."

Rays sign three to minor league deals, complete trade with Pirates

- The Rays signed C Bobby Wilson, OF Corey Brown and INF/OF Eugenio Velez to minor league contracts with invites to spring training. They also acquired minor league RHP Buddy Borden as the player to be named in the Sean Rod...

Winter meetings close without any significant Rays deals

- The Rays left the annual winter meetings Thursday closer perhaps than when they arrived to making some deals, yet without any new players in hand.

Rays expect stars to bounce back next year

- Evan Longoria is one of three players Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman talked about this week as having bounce-back years in 2015. Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers were the others.

Are the Rays shopping Myers? No, but they are listening

- The Rays have too many outfielders and they have to move at least one. But the Rays have no real interest in trading right fielder Wil Myers.

Stability on Rays’ coaching staff should help Cash

- Kevin Cash seems like a risky hire, given his age and lack of experience as a big-league manager, but the Tampa Bay Rays don’t see it as much of a risk, and one reason is because of the coaching staff.

Sternberg: Rays ‘doomed to leave’ without new stadium

- Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said he will not explore options to move the team out of Tampa Bay but someone else will if the team is not allowed to look for a stadium outside St. Petersburg.

Finding another catcher remains top priority


Finding a second catcher remains the priority, and Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said the spot could be filled through free agency or a trade.

Cash embracing his opportunity as MLB’s youngest manager

- Kevin Cash makes his first public appearance as Rays manager, sitting to the right of president of baseball operations Matt Silverman on Monday at the winter meetings in San Diego.

Rays flexible heading into winter summit


— With a pair of roster deadlines looming in November and early December, Matt Silverman expected a busy start to the offseason when he took over as president of baseba...

Tampa native Kevin Cash becomes Rays' fifth manager

- Kevin Cash, 37, comes to Tampa Bay after working as the Indians' bullpen coach. He said he was left speechless when offered the job and called the moment “surreal.”

Decision Day: Rays to name Wakamatsu or Cash as manager

- The Rays' search for a manager, which has inched along in the 43 days since Joe Maddon opted out of his contract, could reach its conclusion today with the announcement of a hire.

Ibanez withdraws from Rays’ managerial search

- Raul Ibanez has withdrawn from the Tampa Bay Rays manager search, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Cash talks with Rays; Ibanez up next

- Kevin Cash made the rounds at Tropicana Field, meeting with top team officials that included owner Stuart Sternberg, during his interview for the Rays’ vacant manager position.

Rays tender contracts to six who are arbitration-eligible


As expected, the Tampa Bay Rays tendered contracts Monday to each of their arbitration-eligible players: outfielders Matt Joyce and Desmond Jennings, infielder Logan Forsythe and pitchers Alex Cobb, Jake McGee and Drew S...

Wakamatsu first of Rays’ final manager interviews

- The home stretch of the Rays’ manager search began Tuesday with Don Wakamatsu, who was the first of the three finalists to visit Tropicana Field for an extensive in-person interview.

New gig for Peña: TV


Former Rays first baseman Carlos Peña is going from the field to the studio.

After trade to Pirates, ex-Ray Rodriguez excited for opportunity

- The Rays on Monday traded utilityman Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later and cash.

Rays expected to hire new manager by end of week

- It is an interesting group, no doubt. It lacks star power and experience. But one of three candidates will be named as Joe Maddon’s successor as Rays manager.

About the Rays’ managerial finalists


The three finalsists for the Tampa Bay Rays managerial job were picked from the original list of 10 candidates by Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman and his staff for a second round of interviews, which...

Joyce could benefit from Rays’ changes


— Tuesday’s non-tender deadline falls smack in the middle of the final phase of the Rays’ manager search, though it is unlikely to cause much of a disrupt...

Rays cut ties with Rodriguez, add Frieri to bullpen

- Sean Rodriguez was designated for assignment as the Rays cleared room on the 40-man roster for right-handed reliever Ernesto Frieri, 29, who signed a one-year major-league deal with a base salary of $800,000 and an incentiv...

Martinez, bypassed for Rays’ manager job, leaving organization

- Less than a week after learning he was not among the three finalists to be the Rays’ next manager, bench coach Dave Martinez announced his decision to leave the organization and pursue a job with another team.

Tampa native Sheffield joins crowded ballot for Hall of Fame

- Tampa native Gary Sheffield, who hit 509 home runs during his 22-year big-league career, is now eligible to be elected into the baseball Hall of Fame.

Rays Beat: Martinez has a right to feel disappointed


— Anyone who has been passed over for a promotion certainly can identify with Dave Martinez, the Rays’ longtime bench coach who is not ...

Rays manager’s list cut to three; Martinez not on it

- Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu will get second interviews. Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach under Joe Maddon, will not. The team says it is looking for a new voice at the top.

Rays drop Molina, trade Peralta at roster deadline

- The Rays were the last team to set their 40-man roster Thursday, and when they did it was without reliever Joel Peralta and catcher Jose Molina.

Molina expected to be DFA’d as Rays clear room on 40-man roster


ST. PETERSBURG -- It appears catcher Jose Molina will be designated for assignment tonight as the Rays clear spots on the 40-man roster for some of the top players in their minor league system.

Rays must shuffle roster to protect prospects


— The deadline to finalize the 40-man roster is tonight at 11:59, which means the Tampa Bay Rays have some work to do to protect some of their top prospects from the Ru...

Maddon says opt-out was ‘unique window’ he had to open


— It happened so quickly for everyone involved, for Joe Maddon and the Rays front office, for the players and the fans, that three weeks later it seems everything is still swirl...

A closer look at 2 prospects obtained in Hellickson trade


Here is a closer look at shortstop Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams, the two prospects the Rays obtained Friday night from the Diamondbacks in the trade for pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.

Rays interview Glanville for manager’s post

- TheRays interviewed Doug Glanville on Friday, leaving Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin as the last of the 10 candidates to interview for their vacant managerial position.

Rays send Hellickson to Arizona for two prospects

- The Rays traded right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on Friday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of Class A prospects.

Maddon’s Cubs debut to air on ESPN’s MLB Opening Night


Joe Maddon’s debut as manager of the Chicago Cubs will take place on national TV.

Experience counts in Rays search, but for only so much


— Six of the 10 names on the list of candidates to be the Rays’ next manager do not have experience managing at any level of professional baseball.

Rays interview Giants’ Wotus for managerial position


The Tampa Bay Rays continued the search for their next manager Tuesday by interviewing San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus.

Rays add Larkin, Glanville as managerial candidates

- Amid rumors of an impending trade involving Jeremy Hellickson and tampering charges against the Cubs, the Rays made news during the first day of the GM meetings by adding Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville to its managerial ca...

Rotation depth could prompt Rays to deal Hellickson


The “Jeremy Hellickson Will be Traded this Offseason” rumor began in earnest Monday morning when New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman tweeted that the Rays right-hander

Rays begin interviewing candidates for manager

- The Rays began the interview process today for their vacant manager’s position by conducting phone interviews with three of their eight candidates.

Rays deal Ramos to Angels for minor-leaguer

- The Rays traded left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos to the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league right-handed pitcher Mark Sappington in a move that clears a spot on Tampa Bay's 40-man roster.

Maddon sets lofty goals for Cubs from the start


He preached patience and talked about winning championships in the same breath.

Rays make roster moves, could name manager candidates Tuesday

- The Rays had to attend to a pair of deadlines Monday while working toward finalizing the list of candidates to replace former manager Joe Maddon.

Cubs, Maddon reportedly working on contract

- Ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon reportedly was close to signing a deal to manage in Chicago, a move that left his former employers concerned about the timing of the events.