Player News - Rays

Date: Team: Pos:

Steven Souza has departed Rays' camp to attend to a family matter.

He is tentatively expected to rejoin the club on Tuesday. The right fielder is coming off of a breakthrough 2017 campaign where he slashed .239/.351/.459 with 30 homers and 16 stolen bases and was finally able to stay healthy. With Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison gone, he'll need to pick up the slack in the middle of the lineup.
Feb 18 - 5:17 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that he plans to use a four-man rotation through mid-May.

The fifth spot will come up a couple times before then, but the Rays will start a reliever in those games. Matt Andriese is pegged as the No. 5 starter following the trade of Jake Odorizzi, but he will work in a long relief role initially.
Feb 18 - 12:19 PM

Rays acquired SS Jermaine Palacios from the Twins for RHP Jake Odorizzi.

Palacios isn't held in high regard in the prospect world despite hitting .296/.333/.454 between Class A and High-A last season. That's probably in part because he did it as a 20-year-old, turning 21 in July. Still, the Rays are trying to build up their farm system for another run built on homegrown talent, and Palacios will now be added to that mix.
Feb 18 - 12:04 AM

Rays designated OF Corey Dickerson for assignment.

As noted by Baseball America's Kyle Glaser on Twitter, Dickerson went from being the American League's starting designated hitter in last summer's All-Star Game to being removed from the Rays' 40-man roster days before spring training was set to open. Dickerson's career path has been a strange one, but the 28-year-old shouldn't be out of a job for long given his past brushes with success. Still, a shocking move from the Tampa club as camp is set to open, to say the least.
Feb 17 - 9:00 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

Rays acquired DH C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later.

Well, that came out of nowhere, although it's not altogether unfathomable. The Angels and Cron in January had agreed on a $2.3 million contract for the first-time arbitration-eligible player, but with Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena in tow, at-bats were going to be hard to come by for the 28-year-old. As far as Cron's role in Tampa, he should have every opportunity to hit his way into regular at-bats on the club, which has few roles set in stone.
Feb 17 - 8:49 PM

Rays signed RHP J.D. Martin to a minor league contract.

Martin hasn't appeared in a major league game since back in 2010, but he has developed a knuckleball and will be working with former major league knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to try and fine-tune the pitch. The former supplemental first-round pick of the Indians is now a 35-year-old project for Tampa Bay. It'd be a cool story if it works out.
Feb 14 - 1:30 PM

Rays sent INF/OF Micah Johnson outright to Triple-A Durham.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for veteran reliever Sergio Romo, who was officially signed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Tuesday morning. Tampa Bay claimed Johnson off waivers from the Giants in November. The 27-year-old utilityman has been on a carousel through a number of different organizations since the end of the 2017 regular season.
Feb 13 - 4:18 PM

Rays signed RHP Sergio Romo to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deal was reported on Friday and it's now official. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times passed along the contract details. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Romo could earn up to $2.75 million. The veteran reliever struggled with the Dodgers last season before finishing strong with a 1.47 ERA over 25 appearances with the Rays. If healthy, he figures to pitch in a set-up capacity.
Feb 13 - 9:09 AM

According to Lavelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins are still exploring possible trades with the Rays for right-hander Chris Archer.

After getting spurned by Yu Darvish, the Twins are still looking for an upgrade to the front-end of their rotation. The club made the Rays a formal offer for Archer two weeks ago and it's known that the Rays have some interest in Max Kepler as part of a return package. It's going to take a whole lot more than that though to acquire the 29-year-old hurler who is affordably locked up through 2019 and has a pair of club options for 2020 and 2021.
Feb 11 - 9:05 PM

Logan Morrison's agent, Fred Wray, has denied a report that his client turned down a two-year, $20 million offer from the Indians earlier this offseason.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported earlier Sunday about the offer, but Cafardo has since been told by Wray that it "never happened." Morrison's market has been pretty stagnant this offseason even after he clubbed 38 home runs for the Rays last offseason. The Red Sox and Royals reportedly have interest in him should they miss out on their prime targets.
Feb 11 - 11:21 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Logan Morrison turned down a two-year, $20 million offer from the Indians earlier this offseason.

The Indians then moved on to Yonder Alonso, inking him to a two-year, $16 million deal. It's possible Morrison regrets rejecting Cleveland's offer, as it doesn't seem like a slam dunk that he'll receive a better or comparable one at this point. He's reportedly been drawing interest from the Red Sox (as a backup plan to J.D. Martinez) and the Royals (as a backup plan to Eric Hosmer).
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:39 AM

Rays prospect Nick Ciuffo was suspended 50 games by MLB after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 2013 first-round pick hit .245/.319/.385 at Double-A last year, and received a non-roster invite to Rays camp this spring. This will certainly hurt his development, and put him on the verge of worse consequences should he fail another test.
Feb 10 - 4:44 PM

Rays signed RHP Dustin McGowan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 35-year-old spent last season with the Marlins, turning in a 4.75 ERA and an 8-2 record in 63 relief appearances. He struck out 64 batters in 77 2/3 innings. He registered a 2.82 ERA in 55 games in 2016.
Feb 9 - 8:05 PM's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rays have re-signed Sergio Romo to a one-year contract.

The financial details aren't yet known, but the deal -- which is pending a physical -- is a major league contract. Romo posted an ugly 6.12 ERA over 30 appearances for the Dodgers last season before rebounding with a 1.47 ERA across his final 25 outings with the Rays. He'll turn 35 next month and needs to be used judiciously, but Romo can still get right-handed batters out.
Feb 9 - 2:07 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Boston reports that Logan Morrison and the Red Sox "have been in touch recently."

Drellich notes that the Red Sox are still viewing J.D. Martinez as their No. 1 priority, but "there is groundwork for alternatives." Morrison looks like a good backup plan and would obviously come at a much cheaper price than Martinez. The former Ray batted .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs last season.
Feb 9 - 1:04 PM

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