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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Phillies are "deep into talks" with the Rays about a Wilson Ramos trade.

There's been some speculation about a reunion with the Nationals, but it turns out that another NL East team could swoop in. Ramos suffered a hamstring strain just prior to the All-Star break, but he should be ready to return at some point in August. Ramos, 30, is batting .297/.346/.488 with 14 homers and 53 RBI over 78 games this season. Phillies' catchers (mostly Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp) rank 11th in the majors with a .709 OPS this season.
Jul 31 - 1:19 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rays have acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cardinals.

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are expected to send Justin Williams, Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez to St. Louis. The Rays are also expected to receive international bonus money in the deal. Pham is just one year removed from a breakout season, but he's mostly scuffled since April and has said some things that might not have gone over well with the Cardinals' front office. The Rays will happily take a chance on the change in scenery doing him well, especially with three years of team control remaining. As the Cardinals, Harrison Bader should now be in line for regular at-bats.
Jul 31 - 10:51 AM

Braves acquired LHP Jonny Venters from the Rays in exchange for $250,000 in international slot money.

This will be a homecoming for Venters, who began his career with Atlanta in 2010. Venters' career looked like it was just about finished after he underwent his third Tommy John surgery, but miraculously, he's made it all the way back. The 33-year-old will work as a lefty specialist out of the Braves' pen.
Jul 26 - 11:29 PM

Twins acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays for cash considerations.

Hazelbaker had been designated for assignment. He'll report to Triple-A Rochester for now but could get a look by the Twins in the second half.
Jul 19 - 3:19 PM

Reds acquired C Curt Casali from the Rays in exchange for cash considerations; recalled him from Triple-A Louisville.

Cincinnati lost Devin Mesoraco in a trade to the Mets earlier this month, leaving them extremely thin at catcher behind starter Tucker Barnhart. Casali has hit .274 with four homers and 20 RBI over 95 at-bats for Triple-A Durham this year. To make room for him, the Reds optioned Tony Cruz to Triple-A Louisville.
May 31 - 6:03 PM

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Andrew Moore is part of the return package going to the Rays in the deal for Alex Colome and Denard Span.

The 23-year-old hurler was a second round pick by the Mariners in the 2015 draft. He has struggled in a small sample at the big league level, but owns a 3.04 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 47/14 K/BB ratio across 50 1/3 innings at Double-A Arkansas this season.
May 25 - 6:11 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves are "no longer in play" for free agent slugger Jose Bautista.

Marly Rivera of ESPN.com named the Braves among several teams who have talked to Jose Bautista about a one-year deal, but it doesn't appear that discussions have been recent. The best-case scenario would have been a part-timer or bench role, so he's better off talking to an American League team. The Rays have been mentioned most prominently, but it's unclear whether they still have interest.
Mar 26 - 11:36 AM

Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports that Jose Bautista is in talks with "several teams" on a one-year deal, including the Braves and Rays.

The Rays have been mentioned previously and make for a better fit with the ability to slide him into the DH spot. Bautista, 37, batted just .203/.308/.366 with 23 homers over 157 games last season. The market wasn't kind to veteran players this offseason -- especially ones who are liability defensively -- but Bautista said earlier this month that he isn't considering retirement.
Mar 26 - 8:59 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says free agent slugger Jose Bautista is "keenly interested" in playing for the Rays.

Bautista is a longtime Tampa resident and is one of many still looking for a job a few days into spring training. Given his .203/.308/.366 batting line last season, the 37-year-old should also be in the price range for the cost-cutting Rays. It will be interesting to see if the two sides are a match.
Feb 24 - 11:25 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

The one-year deal -- which is pending a physical -- will come with a $4 million guarantee, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Gomez struggled to attract significant interest on the open market this winter despite posting an .802 OPS with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games last season with the Rangers. He battled hamstring, shoulder, and ankle ailments throughout the year, but with better health this could be a nice bounceback situation for both Gomez and the rebuilding Rays. The 32-year-old will play a corner outfield spot, with defensive maestro Kevin Kiermaier sticking in center field.
Feb 21 - 1:33 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are in the process of acquiring Yankees second base prospect Nick Solak.

The return is unknown, but Solak is a fairly well-regarded prospect, so this could be part of something big. The 23-year-old hit .297/.384/.452 with 12 homers and 14 stolen bases in 130 games last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He was a second-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Louisville.
Feb 20 - 6:27 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays have "checked in" on the market for Eduardo Nunez.

The cost-conscious Rays are hoping that Nunez's asking price will drop closer to their comfort zone, but with the Yankees and Red Sox also in pursuit that may be unlikely. Nunez was also said to be drawing free agent interest from the Mets before they signed Todd Frazier earlier this week to a two-year, $17 million deal. Nunez, 30, batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games last year between San Francisco and Boston while appearing defensively at shortstop, third base, second base, and both corner outfield spots. He'd be a nice late-offseason addition for a range of clubs.
Feb 7 - 12:12 AM

Mets selected RHP Burch Smith from the Rays with the sixth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

If you'd forgotten about ol' Burch, well, that's understandable. The right-hander made seven starts and three relief appearances for the Padres in 2013 and then made a total of two appearances (both in the minors) the next three seasons because of arm woes that eventually led to Tommy John surgery. Back last year, he started 11 games and had a 2.43 ERA in 37 innings in high-A and a 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings in Triple-A. He's more likely to contibute as a reliever in the majors, but the Royals should have openings in both the rotation and the pen.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:55:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals "keep pushing for" Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Rosenthal adds, however, that the Blue Jays "remain disinclined to move Donaldson" because they want to compete in 2018. The asking price is high and there is no indication that a deal is close. St. Louis has its toe in the water on a bunch of different potential upgrades and it sounds like there might be a better match with the Rays. Evan Longoria, Alex Colome, and Chris Archer are the names the Cardinals have discussed with Tampa Bay.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:30:00 AM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Rays have signed Dominican shortstop Jelfry Marte.

Marte previously signed with the Twins for $3 million, but the deal was voided due to a vision issue. Sanchez notes that the Rays only have $440,000 to spend during the current international signing period, so it's possible they are in the process of acquiring additional funds. LaVelle E. Neal III hears that Marte signed for around $800,000. The 16-year-old Marte is a switch-hitter who is well-regarded for his speed and defense.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 03:03:00 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Giants, Royals, Athletics, Rays, and Blue Jays are among the teams believed to be keeping an eye on free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

There hasn't been much chatter about Gonzalez, but teams could look at him as a reasonable buy-low possibility. The thought is that he'll sign a short-term deal in hopes of reestablishing his value. The 32-year-old batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 homers over 534 plate appearances in 2017.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:22:00 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins have talked to the Pirates about acquiring Gerrit Cole.

Berardino adds that the pitching-hungry Twins have also been in touch with the Rays about right-hander Jake Odorizzi, and they're known to have interest in a number of starters on the free agent market. Cole finished the 2017 season with a disappointing 4.26 ERA in 203 innings, but the 27-year-old registered a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and he is under club control through 2019. Pittsburgh would probably want multiple prospects in return.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 09:11:00 PM

Tampa Bay Times writer Marc Topkin expects "mutual interest" between the Rays and free agent Mike Napoli.

The Rays are a wild card this offseason, with the possibility to move any and every player on their roster for the right price. Napoli could interest the club as a veteran leader on a team that could soon be devoid of veteran leadership, Topkin asserts, and would also fit on the field and in the lineup with first baseman Logan Morrison now departed as a free agent. It's unclear what the 36-year-old Napoli's market may look like after he hit 29 homers but batted .193/.285/.428 overall this past season with the Rangers.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:06:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have expressed interest in free agent Jose Bautista.

This comes on the heels of a report that Bautista is willing to play any position next season, from the corner infield spots to the corner outfield spots to designated hitter. That suits the Rays, who like to move guys around and take advantage of platoon splits. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, but he still managed 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He should come pretty cheap, which also suits the Rays.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 02:43:00 PM


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