MLB Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays

Price saying goodbye on Sunday? 

July, 13, 2014
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Could Sunday's start at home for the Tampa Bay Rays end up being the last time David Price pitches for the team? With the All-Star break on the horizon, and the Rays still firmly in the cellar, expect a huge ovation from the hometown fans when Price ultimately leaves the game, just in case they don't get another chance to say goodbye.
David Price has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Blue Jays, but the Rays insist the ace lefthander is simply ill and is not being held out because of an impending trade. Jake Odorizzi, who was scheduled to start Sunday, will start Saturday instead, and the Rays are hopeful that Price will be healthy enough to pitch Sunday.

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Jeremy Hellickson underwent elbow surgery back in January and is nearing a return to to Tampa Bay's big league roster. His 30-day rehab assignment ended on Sunday, and now the Rays have to decide whether to active him or option him to the minors to lengthen his recovery time.

How soon can we expect Hellickson with the Rays?

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Could Price stay with Rays? 

July, 1, 2014
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Although the Tampa Bay Rays continue to occupy the cellar in their division, they have gone 7-3 over their last ten games, and David Price is hoping that his team's momentum can continue so that he can continue to call the Rays "his team."

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The odds of the Tampa Bay Rays pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal for David Price appear to be increasing by the day. The question may now be who has the desire and resources to land the three-time All-Star.

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Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon gave a less-than-ringing endorsement for Grant Balfour following another rough outing by the reliever Sunday against Seattle. "He's our closer as of today," Maddon said after Balfour allowed five ninth-inning runs to raise his ERA to 6.46.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are in the midst of a 10-game losing streak, and currently have the worst record in the major leagues. However, in spite of the extensive slide, manager Joe Maddon is not ready to throw in the towel.

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Some at-bats for Solis? 

May, 31, 2014
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With Jose Molina being overworked, the Tampa Bay Rays may give rookie Ali Solis his first career start behind the plate this weekend in Boston.


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A quick look at the standings shows that only the Houston Astros are keeping the Tampa Bay Rays from having the worst record in the American League.

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Rotation issues in Tampa Bay 

April, 14, 2014
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Tampa Bay Rays' manager Joe Maddon needs to juggle his rotation again after right-hander Alex Cobb was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left oblique strain.

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On Friday afternoon, Tampa Bay Rays president Matt Silverman once again met with local officials in an effort to figure out a long-term stadium solution that would keep the team in the Tampa Bay area.

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Who fills in for Hellickson? 

February, 3, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays apparently have a back-of-the-rotation spot to fill following a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last week and expected to miss the first six-to-eight weeks of the season.

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Rays mystery solved 

January, 23, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays have scheduled a press conference this afternoon at 4:15 pm (local time) in order to make "a significant baseball-related announcement," according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. However, as initial details as to exactly what this announcement will actually contain were scarce, speculation ran wild.

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Price hoping to stay with Rays 

January, 19, 2014
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Although the Tampa Bay Rays staved off arbitration with David Price by agreeing to a one-year, $14 million deal earlier this week, that's by no means a guarantee that the ace pitcher will indeed make it all the way through 2014 in a Tampa Bay uniform.

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Anyone interested in Figgins? 

January, 18, 2014
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UPDATE: Last week the news came out that Chone Figgins was making a comeback attempt this spring after sitting out all of last season. But are any teams interested in the long-time leadoff man?

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