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Rays finalizing deal with Japanese OF Tsutsugo

Dec. 13, 2019 8:43 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are working to finalize a two-year contract worth about $12 million with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not...

Padres get Pham, Cronenworth from Rays for Renfroe

Dec. 7, 2019 1:46 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — General manager A.J. Preller continued to remake the San Diego Padres' outfield, and added an intriguing two-way player as well. Preller acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder-pitcher Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league...

Rays in listening phase entering winter meetings

Dec. 5, 2019 5:06 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays head into the upcoming winter meetings in the listening phase about ways to improve a roster that came within one win of reaching the American League Championship Series last season. "Do we have to do a lot of things? No," Rays senior vice president of baseball...

St. Pete won't allow Rays to share games with Montreal

Dec. 4, 2019 8:29 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of St. Petersburg says the city will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to pursue a plan to split home games between new stadiums that would be built in Florida and Montreal. Mayor Rick Kriseman informed the City Council in a memo Wednesday that he and the team agree that...

In wake of 2 deals, Marlins seek further upgrade for offense

Dec. 3, 2019 3:44 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will seek to add further pop to their lineup this offseason after acquiring slugging first baseman Jesús Aguilar and the versatile Jonathan Villar, who will be used primarily at third base and in the outfield. “We improved our offense, but we had a long way to...

Marlins acquire infielders Jonathan Villar and Jesús Aguilar

Dec. 3, 2019 12:27 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The perennially thrifty Miami Marlins opened their purse strings Monday and added some speed and power to an offense that ranked last in the National League in runs and homers this year. Miami acquired infielder Jonathan Villar from the Baltimore Orioles for minor league left-hander Easton...

Rays non-tender OF Guillermo Heredia, making him free agent

Dec. 2, 2019 9:33 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays did not offer a contract for 2020 to outfielder Guillermo Heredia, making him a free agent Monday night. Heredia batted .225 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 89 games last season, his first with the Rays after spending the previous three with the Seattle...

Pirates hire Twins bench coach Derek Shelton manager

Nov. 27, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates’ leadership overhaul is complete. Pittsburgh hired longtime major league coach Derek Shelton as manager on Wednesday, the final piece of a new-look leadership following a last-place finish in the NL Central. Shelton replaces Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the final day...

Rays acquire Brian O’Grady from Reds, cut Jesús Aguilar

Nov. 27, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor leaguer Brian O’Grady from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named and cash. To make room for the first baseman/outfielder on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated first baseman Jesús Aguilar for assignment on Wednesday....

Zunino agrees to $4.5 million, 1-year contract with Rays

Nov. 25, 2019 8:14 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Mike Zunino, avoiding arbitration. The deal announced Monday, one day after free agent Travis d’Arnaud signed with the Atlanta Braves, includes a $4.5 million club option for 2021. The option...