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Sunday, Nov 23, 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.

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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By Roger Mooney

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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Report: Dodgers interested in Rays’ Friedman

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A Los Angeles Times report says the Dodgers could be targeting Andrew Friedman, the Rays’ executive vice president of baseball operations, to replace general manager Ned Colletti.

The Dodgers, who carry a $240 million payroll, made a quick exit in the postseason, losing to St. Louis in four games in the NL Division Series.

Colletti remains the GM, although L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke, without giving a source, writes that Friedman is the Dodgers’ top choice should they go in a different direction. You can read Plaschke’s column here.

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Maddon talks about his future as Rays prepare for final game

Published:   |   Updated: September 28, 2014 at 01:06 PM
By Roger Mooney

CLEVELAND – The Tampa Bay Rays end a disappointing season this afternoon against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, which was the site of one of the biggest wins in Rays history — last year’s Wild Card game.

Alex Cobb, who pitched the Rays to a victory that night, will pitch the season finale this afternoon.

Earlier today, Rays manger Joe Maddon talked about his future with the team. He will enter the final year of his contract next season and said he hopes to return. He also said he hopes to manage for 10 more seasons.

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DeJesus returns to Rays after hand fracture

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG – OF David DeJesus returns to the team today after missing 64 games with a left hand fracture. He will DH this afternoon as the Rays and Red Sox finish this four-game series with a Labor Day matinee.

CF Desmond Jennings will miss his fourth game with a bruised right knee. Manager Joe Maddon said he expects Jennings to play during the upcoming series with the Blue Jays, which begins Tuesday. Of course, Maddon said Saturday he expected Jennings to return to the lineup Sunday.

The Rays are looking for a split in the series after being shutout 3-0 on Sunday.

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Longoria back at 3B as Rays try to right ship

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2014 at 06:33 AM
By Roger Mooney

BALTIMORE – The Rays will try to get it done tonight with Drew Smyly on the mound in the third game of this four-game series with the Orioles.

The Rays dropped the first two games when both starting pitchers failed to get past four innings and the offense came up short in every big situation.

Evan Longoria returns to third base after being relegated to DH the past two nights because of a sore right forearm. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Longoria’s arm isn’t 100 percent, but it’s well enough to get him back on the field.

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