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  • The Rays’ new closer may be a player who wasn’t even a lock to make the team a week ago

    The Rays’ new closer may be a player who wasn’t even a lock to make the team a week ago

    March 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm 2 comments

    On Friday, the Rays broke the bad news that Brad Boxberger would miss a good chunk of the regular season after needing surgery to repair a muscle in his abdomen. The initial report estimated that Boxberger would miss eight weeks. However, as we noted earlier, that estimate is really just […]

     
  • Alex Cobb’s time table just changed and now his return sounds further away than ever

    Alex Cobb’s time table just changed and now his return sounds further away than ever

    March 18, 2016 at 1:43 pm 3 comments

    The optimists that look at the 2016 Tampa Bay Rays often point to the depth of starting pitching and how that will only get better in the second half of the season with the return of Alex Cobb. However, Cobb’s interview with Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune suggests Rays fans […]

     
  • MLB insider gives Kevin Kiermaier’s defense the highest praise possible

    MLB insider gives Kevin Kiermaier’s defense the highest praise possible

    March 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm 0 comments

    Kevin Kiermaier announced his presence with authority in 2015, winning his first Gold Glove as the best defensive center fielder in the AL and the Platinum Glove as the best defensive player overall in the AL. Kiermaier’s greatness with the glove is no secret to Rays fans. He makes tough […]

     
  • Rays just suffered their first major setback and it is a terrible sign

    Rays just suffered their first major setback and it is a terrible sign

    March 18, 2016 at 9:44 am 5 comments

    The Rays announced today that Brad Boxberger will miss significant time after needing surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, via Roger Mooney of TBO.com. The initial estimate has Boxberger missing eight weeks, which would mean the last 2+ weeks of spring training and the first 5-6 weeks of the regular […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    March 18, 2016 at 9:23 am 0 comments

    Surprise! Chris Archer is the opening day starter. He will likely be followed by Drew Smyly, Jake Odorizzi, and Matt Moore. The big question is whether the Rays will go with a fifth starter to start the season, which presumably would be Erasmo Ramirez. The Rays have enough off days […]

     
  • The top 17 Tampa Bay Rays prospects for 2016

    The top 17 Tampa Bay Rays prospects for 2016

    March 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm 3 comments

    Entering the 2016 season, pitcher Blake Snell is the unanimous selection as the Rays’ top prospect. Our top prospects list is a meta-analysis that averages the rankings for the Rays’ top prospects from ESPN.com, BaseballAmerica, Baseball Prospectus, MLB.com,and Minor League Ball. Here are the top 17 prospects according to their cumulative score across all of the […]

     
  • Rays may be forced to cut James Loney and eat his $8 million salary

    Rays may be forced to cut James Loney and eat his $8 million salary

    March 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm 9 comments

    James Loney is still on the Rays’ roster and that may be a bad thing that could get worse. It is no secret that the Rays have too many bats that are limited to first base or the corner outfield spots. It has long been assumed that the odd-man out […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    March 14, 2016 at 8:17 am 4 comments

      THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… Only 1 day left to order you Kevin Kiermaier robbing-a-homer t-shirt. [Teespring] The Rays announced they raised $60,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County by getting their heads shaved this weekend. The first round of cuts are expected this week. Marc Topkin […]

     
  • Derek Jeter will join the Rays in Cuba, fueling speculation about his future role as an owner

    Derek Jeter will join the Rays in Cuba, fueling speculation about his future role as an owner

    March 11, 2016 at 11:35 am 6 comments

    Major League Baseball announced on Friday that Derek Jeter will be part of the entourage that will make the trip to Cuba where the Tampa Bay Rays will play the Cuban National Team. It is not surprising that Jeter will take on a more active role as an ambassador to […]

     
  • The Rays are pretty good at producing homegrown starting pitchers

    The Rays are pretty good at producing homegrown starting pitchers

    March 9, 2016 at 11:39 am 3 comments

    Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal recently ran a story on how the Yankees are finally close to producing some of their own starting pitching instead of overpaying for older starting pitchers in free agency and trades. Within the column, Diamond showed that the Yankees have produced just one homegrown All-Star starting […]