Archive for December, 2012

  • Report: Rays Have Already Given Up Hope Of Ever Signing David Price To Long-Term Contract

    Report: Rays Have Already Given Up Hope Of Ever Signing David Price To Long-Term Contract

    December 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm 11 comments

    David Price won’t be a free agent until after the 2015 season. But according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Rays have already given up hope of signing Price to a long-term deal making it more likely that Price is traded sooner, rather than later… “[Rays] people conceded their chances […]

     
  • More Signs That The Rays Are Going To Trade A Starting Pitcher

    More Signs That The Rays Are Going To Trade A Starting Pitcher

    December 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm 5 comments

    Every winter the national media writes from the same template: “The Rays have to trade a starting pitcher for more offense.” And outside of the Matt Garza deal, in which the Cubs gave the Rays an offer they couldn’t refuse, and the occasional ho-hummer (e.g. Jason Hammel for Aneury Rodriguez), the […]

     
  • Rays And Sean Rodriguez Avoid Arbitration

    December 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm 4 comments

    According to Roger Mooney of TBO.com (via Twitter), the Rays have Sean Rodriguez have reached an agreement on a 1-year, $1 million contract, avoiding arbitration. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • Rays Now Saying Longoria Might Not Be Ready For Start Of Spring Training

    Rays Now Saying Longoria Might Not Be Ready For Start Of Spring Training

    December 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm 3 comments

    When we first heard that Evan Longoria had surgery on his hamstring to clear up scar tissue, he said that he would be ready by the time players report to Spring Training in mid-February. Joe Maddon sounds less optimistic. Buried at the bottom of a column by Roger Mooney of […]

     
  • More Hot Stove Odds And Ends

    December 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm 1 comment

    Here are some Hot Stove odds and ends… Marc Topkin reports that the Rays have shown interest in Marlins shortstop Yunel Escobar, who caused a bit of stir this past season by writing a gay slur on his eyeblack during a game. [TampaBay.com] In the same report, Topkin says the […]

     
  • James Shields Can Now Add ‘Most Likely To Be Traded’ To His High School Yearbook

    James Shields Can Now Add ‘Most Likely To Be Traded’ To His High School Yearbook

    December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm 5 comments

    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com polled 17 “prominent executives, agents and scouts” and asked them, among other things, who is the player most likely to be traded this week at the Winter Meetings. And in a narrow victory, James Shields takes home the honor, receiving five votes. One executive seems convinced […]

     
  • Some Odds And Ends As The Winter Meetings Get Started

    December 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm 3 comments

    As the winter meetings crank up, here are a few odds and ends… Marc Topkin reports that the Rays have had “some good discussions” about re-signing Kyle Farnsworth. [TampaBay.com] There has been some discussion of a trade with the Nationals for Danny Espinosa and Michael Morse with the Rays giving […]

     
  • Rays To Sign James Loney

    Rays To Sign James Loney

    December 3, 2012 at 8:06 am 21 comments

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting (via Twitter) that the Rays have reached an agreement with James Loney. Terms of the deal are not yet available. [Update: Jim Bowden of ESPN Radio is reporting that it is a 1-year deal for $2 million with $1 million in incentives.] Loney, who […]

     
  • Ben Francisco Non-Tendered, Becomes A Free Agent

    December 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm 0 comments

    Outfielder Ben Francisco was not tendered a contract by the Rays, making him a free agent. Of the Rays eligible for arbitration, Francisco was the only player non-tendered. Other players eligible for arbitration include David Price, Jeff Niemann, Ryan Roberts, Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez, and Sam Fuld. This move, along […]

     
  • Rays Trade Reliever To Brewers For Son Of Former Major Leaguer

    December 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm 2 comments

    The Rays announced today that that have traded reliever Burke Badenhop to the Brewers for minor league outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr., son of Raul Mondesi, who played 13 seasons in the big leagues hitting 271 home runs. Mondesi Jr., who just turned 20, just completed his first season in the […]