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  • Rays Lose Two Minor League Pitchers In The Rule 5 Draft

    December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am 1 comment

    TheRays lost minor league pitchers Kyle Lobstein and Braulio Lara in this morning’s Rule 5 Draft. Lobstein was taken by the Mets with the 10th pick and Lara was drafted by the Marlins in the second round (via MLBTR). The Rays did not draft any players in the draft. Lobstein […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Shields-For-Myers Reaching Critical Point, The Future Of Howell, And A New Outfielder

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Shields-For-Myers Reaching Critical Point, The Future Of Howell, And A New Outfielder

    December 6, 2012 at 9:05 am 3 comments

    Last week the James Shields-for-Wil Myers trade seemed dead in the water as both teams appeared to want more. Well, now it sounds like the Royals have backed down from wanting more than just Shields for Myers and the potential deal seems to have new life. Bob Dutton reports (via […]

     
  • Jeff Keppinger To Sign With White Sox

    December 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm 14 comments

    Jeff Keppinger is now officially a former member of the Rays, agreeing to a 3-year deal worth “about” $12 million with the White Sox. [MLBTR] Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • [UPDATE] Rays Trade For Marlins Shortstop

    [UPDATE] Rays Trade For Marlins Shortstop

    December 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm 19 comments

    [Update] Rays have now officially announced the deal. [Update] Marc Topkin is now reporting that is a done deal. [Earlier] Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting (via Twitter) that the Rays are close to completing a trade with the Marlins for shortstop Yunel Escobar. In exchange, the Marlins would acquire […]

     
  • 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 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 […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss How The TV Contract Stacks Up, Longo’s Surgery, And A New Stadium Is Coming To Tampa

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss How The TV Contract Stacks Up, Longo’s Surgery, And A New Stadium Is Coming To Tampa

    November 29, 2012 at 9:27 am 9 comments

    One of the biggest factors in the Rays’ payroll is their television contract which pays them a paltry $20 million per year through the 2016 season. And based on the growth of television deals in recent years as well as strong local ratings, it is reasonable to expect that the […]

     
  • BJ Upton Signs With Braves

    BJ Upton Signs With Braves

    November 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm 10 comments

    Bob Nightengale of USAToday.com is reporting (via Twitter) that BJ Upton has agreed to a 5-year, $75.25 million contract. The deal is pending a physical. So that 5-year, $75.0 million contract I predicted back in September? My bad. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)