Latest Tampa Bay Rays News

Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB

Jan. 20, 2022 15:49 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays' proposed plan to split the season between Florida and Montreal has been rejected by Major League Baseball. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg announced the news on Thursday. “Today's news is flat-out deflating,”...

Death of Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez ruled a suicide

Jan. 15, 2022 16:09 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The death of Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez near his home in Fort Worth, Texas, has been ruled a suicide. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office released the finding on Thursday, three days after the 28-year-old’s body was found. ...

Easy math: Showalter pledges Mets to lead, lean on analytics

Dec. 21, 2021 16:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before Buck Showalter had access to analytics departments and all their graphs, spreadsheets and heat maps, he had his wife, Angela, hand-drawing spray charts to inform defensive positioning for the 1987 Fort Lauderdale Yankees in the Class A Florida State League. ...

Twins hire Hank Conger as 1st base, catching coach

Dec. 10, 2021 14:41 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins filled out their staff by hiring Hank Conger as their first base and catching coach on Friday. Conger played seven seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the Los Angeles Angels. He played for Tampa Bay in 2016, his last year in the majors....

Rays, pitcher Kluber finalize $8 million, 1-year contract

Dec. 02, 2021 12:05 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and the Tampa Bay Rays finalized an $8 million, one-year free-agent contract on Wednesday. The deal includes an additional $5 million in performance bonuses based on starts: $500,000 each for 10 and...

Báez to Detroit, MLB teams race to finish biz before lockout

Dec. 01, 2021 01:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Báez agreed to bring his high motor to the Motor City, while other teams around the majors raced to finish up business before Tuesday's deadline to tender contracts and a likely roster freeze coming when baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday. ...

Brewers sign Tellez plus 2 catchers, non-tender Vogelbach

Nov. 30, 2021 21:16 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have signed first baseman Rowdy Tellez and catchers Pedro Severino and Brett Sullivan to one-year contracts while non-tendering first baseman Daniel Vogelbach. Vogelbach, an All-Star in 2019 while playing for Seattle, hit .219 with...

Rays land Raley for $10M, trade Wendle to Marlins, sign Choi

Nov. 30, 2021 21:00 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays signed reliever Brooks Raley to a $10 million, two-year contract Tuesday with a club option for 2024. The defending AL East champions also traded All-Star infielder Joey Wendle to the Miami Marlins for minor league...

Marlins, Alcantara complete 5-year, $56 million contract

Nov. 30, 2021 20:50 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins completed the signing of right-hander Sandy Alcantara to a five-year contract on Tuesday, plus they acquired All-Star infielder Joey Wendle from the Tampa Bay Rays. Alcantara and the Marlins agreed Sunday to a deal worth $56 million. ...

Franco, Rays both get what they want in $182 million deal

Nov. 29, 2021 13:12 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays both got what they wanted in the shortstop’s $182 million, 11-year deal that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The 20-year-old Franco got financial security for his family and Tampa Bay locked...