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Angels acquire pitcher Matt Andriese from Diamondbacks

Jan. 14, 2020 5:55 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired relief pitcher Matt Andriese from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Jeremy Beasley. The 30-year-old Andriese is a five-year big league veteran who has spent the past 1 1/2 seasons with the D-backs after being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays...

Smith, Herrmann agree to minor league deals with Rays

Jan. 13, 2020 4:04 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Catchers Kevan Smith and Chris Herrmann have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays and will report to major league spring training. The team also announced minor league deals Monday with outfielder Ryan LaMarre and right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers and lefty...

Padres, Yates agree to $7M deal; Pham gets $7.9M

Jan. 11, 2020 12:24 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — All-Star closer Kirby Yates, who led the major leagues with 41 saves, agreed Friday to a one-year contract for $7,062,500 with the San Diego Padres. Yates was named to his first All-Star team in his first full season as closer. He had 101 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. He and the Padres...

Glasnow, 3 others agree with Rays, avoid arbitration

Jan. 10, 2020 5:07 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Glasnow agreed to a $2.05 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday that avoided arbitration and fellow right-hander Oliver Drake struck a $1,025,000, one-year deal. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe agreed at $3.3 million after making $582,100 while hitting 33...

Guillermo Heredia agrees to $1 million deal with Pirates

Jan. 10, 2020 9:39 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Outfielder Guillermo Heredia agreed Thursday to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heredia, who turns 29 on Jan. 31, hit .225 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 231 plate appearances last season for the Tampa Bay Rays, who declined to offer him a contract by the...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Jose Martinez watches his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Martinez from St. Louis in a trade that sends left-hander Matthew Liberatore, one of the club’s top minor league pitching prospects, to the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rays acquire Martinez from Cardinals for pitching prospect

Jan. 9, 2020 11:35 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman-designated hitter Jose Martinez from St. Louis in a trade that sends left-hander Matthew Liberatore, one of the club’s top minor league pitching prospects, to the Cardinals. In addition to addressing the need for a...

AP source: Dickerson, Marlins agree to $17.5M, 2-year deal

Dec. 28, 2019 5:35 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Left fielder Corey Dickerson agreed to terms Saturday on a $17.5 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. Dickerson...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Avisail Garcia reacts after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning of a baseball game, in St. Petersburg, Fla. García's $20 million, two-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers was finalized Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, a deal that includes a 2022 club option and could be worth $30 million over three years.(AP Photo/Scott Audette, File)

OF Avisaíl García agrees to $20M deal with Milwaukee Brewers

Dec. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Now that the Milwaukee Brewers have added Avisaíl García to their talented outfield, Ryan Braun could see more time at first base. García's $20 million, two-year contract was finalized Tuesday, a deal that includes a 2022 club option and could be worth $30 million over three...

New Tampa Bay Rays baseball team outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, of Japan, center, smiles as he holds up his jersey with general manager Erik Neander, left, and manager Kevin Cash during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tsutsugo, 28, spent 10-seasons with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

New Rays slugger Tsutsugo ready for big league challenge

Dec. 17, 2019 2:51 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yoshitomo Tsutsugo quickly felt right at home inside Tropicana Field. One day after the Rays announced the completion of a $12 million, two-year contract with Tsutsugo, the former Japanese star began his opening statement at his introductory news conference Tuesday in English....

Rays complete 2-year deal with Japanese slugger Tsutsugo

Dec. 16, 2019 7:43 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays and Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo have finalized a two-year contract worth about $12 million. The 28-year-old Tsutsugo will be formally introduced by the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Tsutsugo was made available to major league teams through the...