The Tampa Bay Rays are concerned that they won't have their planned five-man starting rotation completely healthy in time for Opening Day, and are exploring other internal options to fill in for a pair of pitchers who may end up getting left out in the long run.
When it comes to who might end up rounding out the Tampa Bay Rays rotation in 2015, manager Kevin Cash seems to already know who he expects to fill that role for the club -- even if that pitcher has not yet arrived in camp.
Add Ronald Belisario to the list of players who admits to an unusual off-the-field injury. As ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported Saturday, Belsario will be sidelined with a fractured left shoulder which he suffered getting out of a swimming pool.
Part of the reason that the Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $7.5 million deal for 2015 is that the versatile infielder gives the team the option to use him at either second base or shortstop.
The Tampa Bay Rays re-acquired John Jaso last month in the deal that sent Ben Zobrist to Oakland, but there are no plans to put him back behind the plate.
Amid a report they were close to adding Alexi Casilla, the Tampa Bay Rays may be looking for another middle infielder. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays are looking more for a glove than a bat.
The Tampa Bay Rays were the latest team to kick the proverbial tires on Yoan Moncada, as they reportedly held a private workout with the Cuban infielder at their stadium this week.
Almost all teams will do some tinkering with their roster in the last few months leading up to the start of the 2015 season, and the Tampa Bay Rays are certainly no exception.
The Philadelphia Phillies still have a payroll of over $120 million on the books for 2015, even as the organization has expressed a desire to start the rebuilding process in earnest.
He's only a career .246 hitter, coming off a season where he drove in a career-low 40 runs. Yet the free agent outfield market is at a point where Colby Rasmus is generally perceived to be the most appealing option left on the board.
Colby Rasmus apparently is drawing interest from more than one team in the American League East. The Tampa Bay Rays “have had discussions” with the free agent outfielder, and could be even more interest if they end up trading Ben Zobrist, tweets Jon Morosi of FoxSports.
With the news that the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, pending a physical, the feeling is that the move could signal the end of Ben Zobrist's time with the club.
After dealing away Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, as part of a multi-player three-way trade last week, it's clear that there are no untouchables on the Tampa Bay Rays roster.
The expectation is that Wil Myers will become a member of the San Diego Padres at some point on Wednesday. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Tuesday that the Padres and Tampa Bay Rays were "discussing (a) significant trade.
The Tampa Bay Rays were expected to wrap up the interview process for their open managerial position on Thursday with Raul Ibanez set to talk with team executives.