MLB Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays

Did Larkin impress Rays? 

November, 16, 2014
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On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays finished off their first round of interviews for the managerial position left open by Joe Maddon's departure to the Windy City. The final candidate to talk with the team was Barry Larkin.

D-backs kick tires on Hellickson 

November, 11, 2014
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The next individual who could be leaving the Tampa Bay Rays' organization is righthander Jeremy Hellickson. Could there be a fit in the Arizona desert?

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Will Martinez get Rays job? 

November, 9, 2014
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On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays continued their manager search by interviewing Dave Martinez and Manny Acta. Previously, the team had spoken to a trio of candidates -- Craig Counsell, Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez -- over the phone. By all accounts, Martinez continues to be the favorite to win the job.

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Could Ibanez manage Rays? 

November, 7, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays have released a preliminary list of the candidates for their open managerial position, one with very few buzzworthy candidates on it. Among the potential hires were the likes of Dave Martinez, Manny Acta and Don Wakamatsu.

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Rays ready to start search? 

November, 4, 2014
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Joe Maddon is now officially on board as the manager of the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins are set to introduce Paul Molitor as their new skipper on Tuesday. That leaves the "jilted" Tampa Bay Rays as the only team without a man in charge of the dugout.

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Will Zobrist be back with Rays? 

October, 31, 2014
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All major league teams are in the process of figuring out which contract options they're planning to pick up and which ones they're going to decline, and the Tampa Bay Rays are no exception. Their most expensive dilemma lies with the $7.5 million option that could bring Ben Zobrist back for 2015.

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MLB Future Power Ranks rumors 

October, 31, 2014
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With the release of the MLB Future Power Rankings, it's interesting to see which teams our panel of esteemed experts think might be headed toward a five-year run similar to the recent success story of the San Francisco Giants, and which franchises seem doomed to endure a long stretch of rebuilding rosters and empty stadium seats.

Here's a quick look at five teams whose placement in this list jumped out at me, and the latest buzz from the rumor mill that might help to explain why those teams are ranked where they are:


Boston Red Sox at No. 3

Even though they're coming off an awful last-place season in which they lost at least 90 games for the second time in three seasons (after having not been so similarly inept at winning since 1966), the future still seems bright for the Red Sox. This franchise has a plethora of young talent that includes Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Garin Cecchini, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart that can just as easily be worked into the lineup as they could be packaged in a deal for an ace pitcher such as Cole Hamels.

Rumors of a falling-out between the coaching staff and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes could easily end up in a trade with the New York Mets or Cincinnati Reds that would help replace the pitching lost at this season's trade deadline.

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Rays manager by Thanksgiving? 

October, 28, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays may have been caught off guard by last week's departure of Joe Maddon, but they will not be rushed into naming a new manager.

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Zobrist a fit in LA? 

October, 28, 2014
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Joe Maddon will not be following Andrew Friedman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, at least for the time being. But could one of Maddon’s favorite players in Tampa end up at Chavez Ravine?

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Latest on Rays' managerial search 

October, 27, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays plan to bring back the coaching staff that worked under the departed Joe Maddon, a move that could bode well for Dave Martinez, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

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Rays managerial candidates 

October, 25, 2014
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Following the shocking and unexpected departure of Joe Madden in Tampa Bay, who will take over as the Rays next manager?

Here's a look at the names being tossed around as of Friday night.

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Where will Maddon end up? 

October, 24, 2014
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In a move that seemed to come out of nowhere, it was announced Friday that "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately... Maddon said there was discussion with the Rays on a new contract but 'we were still too far apart.'"

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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.

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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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