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Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Rays Report

A baseball blog by Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

Multiple reports have Rays close to trading Myers

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By Roger Mooney

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 elbow surgery, the day ended with reports the team is nearing a deal that will involve Wil Myers.

What?

Teams began calling president of baseball operations Matt Silverman last week during the winter meetings in San Diego about Myers, and Silverman listened. He would be a fool not to listen.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported early Tuesday evening the Rays and Padres were negotiating a trade that would involve Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year who had an injury-interrupted and unproductive sophomore season.

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

Published:   |   Updated: December 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Rays signed C Bobby Wilson, OF Corey Brown and INF/OF Eugenio Velez to minor league contracts on Friday with invites to spring training.

They also acquired minor league RHP Buddy Borden from the Pirates as the player to be named later in the Sean Rodriguez trade.

Wilson, who played at Seminole High and St. Petersburg College, has played with the Diamondbacks and Angels during parts of six seasons, adds to the position and will give the Rays a Triple A catcher with big league experience.

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

Published:   |   Updated: December 11, 2014 at 07:32 AM
By Roger Mooney

SAN DIEGO – Are the Tampa Bay Rays interested in trading Wil Myers? Not really.

Are they taking calls from teams interested in acquiring the right fielder? Yes.

Why? Because the Rays have too many outfielders and they have to move at least one.

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Finding another catcher remains top priority

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By Roger Mooney

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.

“With that position we know we have a hole to fill, and there’s no timetable for it, but the sooner the better for us given the need that’s there,” Silverman said.

When asked if he is looking for a major-league experienced backup or someone who might be able to contribute more given C Ryan Hanigan’s injury history, Silverman said, “There’s many profiles that it could take. It could be a veteran catcher. It could be a younger catcher. It could be a trade. We’re open to many different possibilities.”

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New gig for Peña: TV

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By Roger Mooney

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

He has joined the MLB Network as a studio analyst.

“I am thrilled to be joining MLB Network, working alongside many guys that I have gotten to know throughout my playing career. It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m eager to get started,” Peña said in a statement released by the network.

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A closer look at 5 players added to 40-man roster

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The Rays added five players to the 40-man roster late Thursday night -- RHP Jose Dominguez, who they received from the Dodgers in a four-man trade that include RHP Joel Peralta, RHP Matt Andriese, INF Ryan Brett, LHP Grayson Garvin, OF Mike Mahtook and C Justin O’Conner.

Here is a closer look at all five with bios provided by the Rays PR staff ...

Dominguez, 24, made the Dodgers Opening Day Roster and combined to make five appearances over four stints with Los Angeles in 2014, his second year of major league action. With Triple-A Albuquerque, he went 1-2 with 10 saves, a 3.24 ERA (33.1-IP, 12-ER) and 39 strikeouts in 31 appearances. He last pitched for the Isotopes on July 25, and returned from the disabled list to pitch twice for Short-A Ogden in September. Over seven minor league seasons, he has a career 4.25 ERA and has averaged 10 strikeouts per nine innings.

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

Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2014 at 08:16 PM
By Roger Mooney

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.

Minor leaguers on the 40-man roster are protected from the Rule 5 draft, scheduled this year for Dec. 11.

The Rays have yet to confirm that Molina was DFA’d.

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A closer look at 2 prospects obtained in Hellickson trade

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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.

The info was provided by the Rays PR staff:

Velazquez, 20, enjoyed a breakout season in 2014 for Class-A South Bend, and was named Midwest League Prospect of the Year in addition to a midseason and postseason All-Star. The switch-hitter led the Midwest League with 50 stolen bases, 94 runs scored and 15 triples. In 134 games (129 at shortstop), he recorded a .290 (158-for-544) batting average, .367 on-base pct., .428 slugging pct., 18 doubles, nine home runs and 62 walks. His 50 steals ranked seventh among all minor league players. From April 22 to July 16 he reached base safely in 74 consecutive games.

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

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By Roger Mooney

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

The Cubs and Cardinals open the 2015 season at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 5 at Wrigley Field.

ESPN will carry the game.

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Rotation depth could prompt Rays to deal Hellickson

Published:   |   Updated: November 10, 2014 at 03:06 PM
By Roger Mooney

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 will be dealt this week to a National League team.

Sherman (@Joelsherman1) did not name any possible trade partners for the Rays.

Hellickson made $3.625 million in 2014 through arbitration. He is projected to make $3.9 million through arbitration in 2015.

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