01. Players

  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 15, 2015 at 8:30 am 14 comments

    Here is an interesting twist to the Ben Zobrist-Yunel Escobar trade with the Oakland A’s. Escobar has now been traded to the Washington Nationals for Tyler Clippard. That is mildly interesting since Escobar will be replacing Asdrubal Cabrera, who signed with the Rays, meaning Escobar will play second base. But […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 14, 2015 at 9:00 am 2 comments

    All eight Rays players eligible for arbitration have officially filed according to Marc Topkin. The players include (with projected salary in parentheses): Alex Cobb ($4.5 million) Jake McGee ($3.8 million) John Jaso ($3.3 million) Desmond Jennings ($3.2 million) Drew Smyly ($3.0 million) Kevin Jepsen ($2.6 million) Rene Rivera ($1.3 million) […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 13, 2015 at 10:42 am 4 comments

    The Rays have announced that Fan Fest, also known as “who are these guys?” will be Saturday, February 21 from 11 am until 4 pm. As in years past, autographs for specific players will require a special pass which must be purchased ahead of time. Those passes are not on […]

     
  • The Rays’ Rebuilding Plan Is Starting To Look A Lot Like The Cubs And It Is Working Perfectly

    The Rays’ Rebuilding Plan Is Starting To Look A Lot Like The Cubs And It Is Working Perfectly

    January 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm 13 comments

    Now that Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar have both been traded, there is no denying that the Rays are neck-deep in a rebuilding mode as 14 players from last year’s opening day roster are now gone. Sure, the Rays will still be competitive and they still have a strong pitching […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 12, 2015 at 7:45 am 5 comments

    Bill Chastain spoke with Ben Zobrist about being traded: “Today’s been a little bit harder of a day than yesterday … Yesterday was a little bit of a shock. Didn’t really spend much time thinking about it, though, because I had a birthday party thing going on with a friend […]

     
  • 14 Players From The 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day Roster Are Now Gone

    14 Players From The 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day Roster Are Now Gone

    January 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm 8 comments

    Earlier today the Tampa Bay Rays traded Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Oakland A’s for John Jaso and a pair of prospects. The move was just the latest in the complete dismantling of the team that we knew as the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays. We still have more […]

     
  • Ben Zobrist And Yunel Escobar Traded To Oakland A’s

    Ben Zobrist And Yunel Escobar Traded To Oakland A’s

    January 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm 29 comments

    Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar have been traded to the Oakland A’s for catcher John Jaso, two prospects and cash (believed to be ~$1.5 million). And there it is. Zorilla is now an ex-Ray and the destruction of the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays continues. Except, instead of a sledgehammer, the […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 9, 2015 at 10:31 am 13 comments

    Matt Silverman did a Q&A with MLB.com. The most interesting part of the interview comes at the end where Silverman pretty much concedes what we have been saying around here, that the 2015 season is being sacrificed for the future. Silverman was asked if he  has accomplished what he hoped […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 7, 2015 at 10:45 am 0 comments

    Wil Myers was introduced to the San Diego media yesterday as a member of the Padres. There is a video below of Myers discussing the trade and his new role with the Padres. The big thing is that Myers is going to play center field in San Diego which should […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 6, 2015 at 9:17 am 16 comments

    Yesterday I declared that the expected trade of Ben Zobrist meant the Rays were effectively sacrificing the 2015 season with a look to the future. Several people argued that  the Rays can’t be in rebuilding mode since they gave Asdrubal Cabrera $8.0 million, which is actually $0.5 million more than […]