MLB Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays

AL East team-by-team Hot Stove preview 

October, 20, 2014
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With the World Series set to get under way Tuesday night, there are 28 other teams in the major leagues already looking ahead to 2015 in hopes that they might be playing for a championship next year at this time. Free agency doesn't officially kick in until five days after the champagne has been sprayed, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with potential moves that might help those clubs watching on television this year become the center of attention next October.

Over the next two weeks, we'll take a snapshot of each of the six MLB divisions and what teams might have in the works this offseason, beginning with today's look at the American League East.


Baltimore Orioles

Big decisions: The team is expected to buy out their option on Nick Markakis, and while they might make a qualifying offer to their AL home run champ Nelson Cruz, a long-term deal might be out of their price range.

Next step for Dodgers? 

October, 15, 2014
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With the Los Angeles Dodgers having new leadership in place following the announcement they have hired former Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman as their new president of baseball operations, there's plenty of buzz as to what Friedman might do to shake things up with his new team.

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Zobrist staying in Tampa Bay? 

September, 29, 2014
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One of the big offseason decisions for the Tampa Bay Rays involves a $7.5 million option on Ben Zobrist, who started at five positions plus designated hitter and led the club with a .354 on-base percentage.

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Rays not looking to make big changes? 

September, 23, 2014
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As the 2014 season winds down, the Tampa Bay Rays would have to win out in order to avoid their first sub-.500 season since 2007. While this year's results have been a disappointment to the franchise, optimism abounds in the organization for the 2015 season -- and few changes loom on the horizon.

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Joyce preparing to move on? 

September, 21, 2014
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With the Tampa Bay Rays closing out the season with a six-game road trip, Sunday marks the final home game for the team in 2014. It also likely will be the final time Matt Joyce appears in a Rays uniform in front of the hometown fans.

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Will Rays shop Hellickson, Joyce? 

September, 16, 2014
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Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg conceded last week that his 2015 payroll is headed down from a franchise-record $80 million.

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Audition time for Nick Franklin 

September, 15, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays will get a late-season look at infielder Nick Franklin, who was called up after Triple-A Durham’s loss Saturday in the International League championship series.

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Rays looking to shed payroll? 

September, 11, 2014
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At ten games out of the final American League wildcard spot at this stage of the regular season, it's pretty clear that the Tampa Bay Rays are not going to making the post-season in 2014. That reality is causing management to take a long, hard look at the team's gameplan for the future.

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Jennings done for 2014? 

September, 8, 2014
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It's beginning to look like the Tampa Bay Rays will be without Desmond Jennings for the remainder of the season, as the outfielder's struggle to get back on the field continues to hit a snag.

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Season finale for Smyly? 

September, 6, 2014
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The Rays' Drew Smyly could very well be making his final start of the season when he faces the Orioles on Saturday afternoon.

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Rays not rushing Jennings? 

September, 4, 2014
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Realistically, sitting 9 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the final wildcard spot, the Tampa Bay Rays are just about out of the playoff race for 2014. As a result, there's a definite lack of urgency to rush players who may be nursing injuries back into the lineup. One of those players is Desmond Jennings.

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Smyly shutdown ahead? 

August, 29, 2014
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When the Tampa Bay Rays traded away David Price, there were few who expected that the man they got back in the deal to replace him would outperform the ace for the rest of the season. However, so far at least, that's exactly what Drew Smyly has done.

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Myers ready to return? 

August, 18, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays could have outfielder Wil Myers back in the lineup this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday against the Tigers.

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Zobrist on way out of Tampa Bay? 

August, 1, 2014
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One of the big deadline deals from Thursday was the three-way swap that sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers. In return, the Tampa Bay Rays received "left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers."

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Rays still pondering Price deal? 

July, 30, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays have won 11 of their past 12 games and now sit just one game under .500 for the season. While the hot streak has led many to believe that the team is no longer interested in trading away David Price, there's still a chance the pitcher may be dealt prior to Thursday's deadline.

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