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Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Manfred's idea to ban defensive shifts not a hit with Rays

- New commissioner Rob Manfred offered a solution to halt the sport's declining offense: eliminating a longtime Rays strategy that has spread throughout baseball.

Rays’ trades beef up farm system that had gone dry

- The top three rated prospects in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system where not in the organization before the July 31 trade deadline.

Rays Beat: Beckham gets a chance in unsettled infield


— Is this the year Tim Beckham finally fits into the Tampa Bay Rays plans?

Rays promote Jared Sandberg to manage Triple-A Durham

- The Rays have promoted Jared Sandberg to manage their Triple-A club in Durham, replacing Charlie Montoyo, who recently joined new Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash as third-base coach.

Sandberg to manage Durham, Johns hired to manage Stone Crabs


ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays are expected to officially announce their minor league coaching staff this week, but Class A Charlotte sent out a release Wednesday morning announcing Michael Johns as the new Stone Crabs manag...

Rays Beat: Moves make them different, but are they better?

- Offseason transactions were aimed at shedding salary, yes. But they also addressed a farm system that was in need of some high-end, upper-level prospects and made the big-league roster a little younger.

Cobb avoids arbitration, becomes highest-paid Rays starter

- Pitcher Alex Cobb, who accepted the team's offer of a one-year, $4 million deal. was one of eight arbitration-eligible Rays who agreed to one-year deals by Friday's deadline.

Rays agree to terms with arbitration-eligible players


The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to terms with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players by Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline.

Deadline is today for 8 arbitration-eligible Rays


Update: The Rays and CF Desmond Jennings reached an agreement on a one-year, $3.1 million deal for 2015, according to a team source. Jennings made $517,000 last season.

Rays excited about stockpiled shortstop prospects


— They are young, they are better than good and they each came with a steep price — Willy Adames for David Price; Daniel Robertson for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Esco...

Rays Fan Fest set for February at Tropicana Field


The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking are free.

Zobrist will take Ray Way with him to A’s

- As he prepares for fresh start with Oakland, Ben Zobrist says he won’t forget all he had here in Tampa Bay.

Rays deal Zobrist, Escobar to A’s for Jaso, prospects

- The offseason changes continue with the trade of the popular Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. Tampa Bay also officially announced the acquisition of free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Myers hopes for healthy season in San Diego


On Tuesday, former Rays right fielder Wil Myers made his first comments since his December trade to the San Diego Padres during the team’s press conference to introduce the newly acquired...

My baseball hall of fame ballot


Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz were elected to the baseball hall of fame today.

Might be record haul for baseball Hall


The National Baseball Hall of Fame will open its doors to the largest class of former players in 60 years if the voting trends of those who made their ballots public through the weekend remain consistent among all the vo...

Rays’ deal with INF Cabrera could signal Zobrist departure

- The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal with free-agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a source close to the negotiations.

2014 sports had plenty of glorious ‘poom’ moments

- And now the "poom." Joe Maddon’s reaction to something good, remember?

Bay area sports year filled with weird ‘Woof’ moments

- The Tampa Bay sports scene had more than its share of bizarre happenings during 2014.

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...