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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays are "closing in" on Avisail Garcia.

It'll be a one-year, $3.5 million deal, with Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports adding that the pact could be worth as much as $6 million if Garcia hits his incentives. Garcia was non-tendered by the White Sox earlier this offseason, as they weren't keen on giving him a raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility. In Tampa Bay, the 27-year-old figures to be in the mix for playing time in right field and also in the designated hitter spot. Garcia posted a .885 OPS in 2017, but he fell off to a .719 OPS in 2018 and was limited to just 93 games because of injury.
Jan 14 - 4:06 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports mentions that the Rays are among the teams interested in free agent DJ LeMahieu.

Heyman also mentions the Giants, who Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic also mentioned as a possible landing spot on Thursday. The Dodgers and Brewers are also potential fits. There's been a bit of a run on second baseman as of late, and while his lack of success out of Colorado could prove problematic, he could be an inexpensive stopgap -- assuming he gets a one-year deal at this point.
Jan 10 - 7:05 PM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are "engaged in substantive discussions with six clubs" regarding a J.T. Realmuto trade.

Those six clubs have been identified as the Braves, Dodgers, Astros, Padres, Rays, and Reds. The asking price remains sky-high on Realmuto, but it seems to be a near certainty that he will be dealt away before the beginning of spring training next month. The 27-year-old catcher slashed .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games last season for the rebuilding Marlins. He is under team control through 2020 via salary arbitration.
Jan 10 - 1:15 PM

According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, the Braves and Marlins "have talked again" about a J.T. Realmuto trade.

Mish writes that the Braves "appear to be waiting [the] Marlins out" while adding that the Rays "remain possibility." There is also known to be some level of interest from the Dodgers, Padres, Astros, and Reds. Realmuto seems certain to be dealt before spring training gets underway, but it's hard to identify a frontrunner for his services at this point. Miami still wants a massive return for the 27-year-old catcher, who batted .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games last season. He is under contractual control through 2020.
Jan 8 - 2:47 PM

The Rays and Astros "tried hard to land" Nelson Cruz before he signed with the Twins, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Twins signed him to a fairly benign one-year, $14.3 million contract with a reasonable club option for 2020, so the clubs clearly seemed to be looking for something more conservative. Perhaps the bigger takeaway is that both teams are likely not done adding offense this winter. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Martinez are two guys rumored to be available via trade, and both could fit in DH-type roles on an AL club.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 29, 2018 07:12:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Rays are eyeing a right-handed bat like Wilmer Flores for their lineup.

Sherman also notes that the Rays are considering bats like J.T. Realmuto of the Marlins and possibly Nick Castellanos from the Tigers, but he believes they'll more likely land a "complementary" bat, which would certainly describe Flores. The first baseman was non-tendered by the Mets, but he's hit southpaws well in his time with New York.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 04:50:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Athletics have acquired Jurickson Profar from the Rangers in a three-team trade that also involves the Rays.

Passan says the Rangers will receive prospects Brock Burke, Eli White, Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal and international bonus pool money, while the Rays will get reliever Emilio Pagan, prospect Rollie Lacy and a competitive balance pick. Profar is set to take over as the A's second baseman, with Jed Lowrie now likely to depart in free agency and Franklin Barreto moving to the bench or back to the minors. The former top prospect had a breakout 2018 campaign, batting .253/.335/.458 with 20 homers and 10 steals.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 10:57:00 AM

Mariners assistant general manager Justin Hollander said Thursday that there are currently no "active" trade discussions regarding Edwin Encarnacion.

The Mariners acquired Encarnacion from the Indians last week in a three-team deal and there were reports immediately after the trade was announced that the veteran slugger was going to be flipped to the Rays. But that obviously hasn't happened yet, and it sure sounds like Encarnacion could remain a member of Seattle's roster into the new year. We would be very surprised if he actually suits up for the rebuilding Mariners in a regular-season game.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 01:00:00 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Astros are "back in the mix" for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Frisaro writes that prospect outfielder Kyle Tucker "remains a target" in a potential trade, though it's unclear if the Astros are willing to part with him. It's possible they'd be more willing to do so after reportedly nearing a deal with Michael Brantley. The Dodgers, Padres, and Rays are also involved in talks for Realmuto, though there doesn't appear to be a frontrunner at this time.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 10:19:00 AM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Rays and Dodgers are still in the mix to acquire All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

The Mets had been one of the teams expressing the most interest in Realmuto, but after they signed Wilson Ramos on Sunday they're out of the running. The Braves also have seemingly dropped out of the race. The Dodgers were also in the mix for Ramos, so unless they plan on bringing back Yasmani Grandal, they may now up their efforts to acquire Realmuto.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 05:26:00 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the J.T. Realmuto trade market is "essentially down to six teams: Reds, Mets, Rays, Braves, Dodgers, and Padres."

There was an expectation that Realmuto would be traded at some point during this week's Winter Meetings, but that's not going to happen as teams are packing up and heading out of Las Vegas. The Marlins are still sifting through offers and trying to get multiple young players in return for the 27-year-old catcher. Realmuto batted .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games this past season with Miami. He is under control through 2020.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 01:48:00 PM

Scott Miller of Bleacher Report writes that Edwin Encarnacion "will be flipped" to the Rays.

It should be noted that Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing there is no swap in place at the moment. Encarnacion was just dealt from the Indians to the Mariners in a three-team trade involving the Rays, but it sounds like he won't even get a chance to don a Seattle uniform -- just like Carlos Santana before him. The 35-year-old slugger batted .246/.336/.474 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI over 137 games with Cleveland in 2018. He's due $21.67 million in 2019.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 01:38:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand hears that Edwin Encarnacion is not being dealt to the Rays.

This refutes a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Indians, Mariners, and Rays are known to be working toward finalizing a three-team swap, but the full details have not been revealed yet. Initial reports had the Mariners getting Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians in exchange for Carlos Santana, with Cleveland also receiving Jake Bauers from the Rays. Yandy Diaz will reportedly head to Tampa Bay along with minor league right-hander Cole Sulser.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:55:00 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Edwin Encarnacion is now expected to go to the Rays.

Encarnacion was reportedly headed to the Mariners as part of a three-team swap involving the Indians and Rays, but Seattle is apparently going to now flip him to Tampa Bay. The full details of this trade should be announced within the next hour. The Indians are said to be getting Carlos Santana from the Mariners and Jake Bauers from the Rays. Tampa Bay will apparently receive Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:46:00 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to the Mariners as part of a three-team swap.

Carlos Santana will head back to the Indians, along with Jake Bauers from the Rays. Tampa Bay is getting Yandy Diaz and a player to be named later. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the rebuilding Mariners are also receiving a compensatory draft pick in this deal. An official announcement should be coming shortly.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:15:00 PM

Charlie Morton will get a two-year, $30 million deal from the Rays, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

That's pretty much what he expected to get going into the winter. He'll join a rotation that should include Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. Ryan Yarbrough, Yonny Chirinos and Jalen Beeks could serve as bulk guys behind openers. Morton, 35, posted a stellar 3.13 ERA and 201/64 K/BB ratio over 167 innings (30 starts) with the Astros in 2018.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 03:58:00 PM

Despite having acquired Mike Zunino, the Rays have looked into acquiring J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

It seems like a long shot. The Rays could move Austin Meadows as a key piece of a Realmuto deal, but that would have been a lot easier had they not already traded Mallex Smith for Zunino.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 03:52:00 PM

The Rays are closing in on a deal with Charlie Morton, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

The middle of Florida is not precisely where Morton wanted to be, but teams like the Phillies and Yankees closer to his home in Delaware failed to step it up, for some reason. Morton is a poor bet to throw 180 innings, but he's still very much capable of pitching like an All-Star while healthy.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 03:40:00 PM

Hector Gomez of Z Deportes reports that free agent slugger Nelson Cruz is choosing between the Twins and Rays.

Cruz's agent Bryce Dixon has refuted this report, however, telling MLB.com's Jon Morosi that there are still additional teams in the running. The Astros and White Sox have also been mentioned as possible fits. Cruz registered an .850 OPS with 37 home runs and 97 RBI over 144 games this past season with the Mariners. He'll turn 39 years old next July.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 05:52:00 PM

Corey Brock of The Athletic confirms that the Mariners have talked with the Rays, Indians, and Rockies about a potential Carlos Santana trade.

The Mariners acquired Santana from the Phillies earlier this month as part of the Jean Segura trade, but it'd be a surprise if he suits up in a Seattle uniform in 2019. The club has launched into an aggressive organizational rebuild, and Santana is due $35 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. The 32-year-old slugger batted .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI over 161 games with Philadelphia in 2018.
Source: The Athletic
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 04:56:00 PM


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