7-15-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have gone over their international spending cap after signing Adrian Rondon to a deal worth $2.95 million. The Rays originally were slotted at $2,998,900 for this year and have signed other international free agent’s besides Rondon to go over the cap. The Rays did acquire three international bonus slots from the Miami Marlins worth about $1 million for right hander Matt Ramsey. The Rays trade rumor mill with David Price has gone quiet recently as the Rays have slowly climbed back into contention a little in the AL East. The Rays are technically in fourth place winning a tie breaker with the Boston Red Sox but are only nine games out of the division. The Rays have a ton of talent on the team and could easily win 15 out of 20 and get right back into things and Tampa seems now reluctant to trade Price right now.
7-14-14: The Rays cannot seem to catch a break since they came home. Although they were looking strong on the road, they have fallen back to double-digit games below .500 with their two consecutive losses. On Wednesday, Tampa Bay let up three ninth-inning runs to fall to the Kansas City Royals, 5-4. Then, the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Rays on Friday, 8-5.
7-10-14: Evan Longoria drove in two runs, Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson went 4 1/3 innings in his season debut, as Tampa Bay beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Tuesday night. The fourth-place Rays, winners of 10 of their last 13 games played, are still nine games behind AL East leading Baltimore. Hellickson, who was coming back after arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January, gave up just one run and six hits.
7-7-14: The Rays have looked a lot better recently. They took three of four games from the Orioles in Baltimore and swept the Yankees in New York. Although the Rays dropped Thursday’s game to the Detroit Tigers, Evan Longoria’s home run and Sean Rodriguez’s two-run triple helped them bounce back with a 6-3 victory on Friday. Tampa Bay achieved a season-best eight-game winning streak on July 4, 2013, so Joe Maddon hopes that the Rays will have another winning streak beginning with their victory on July 4, 2014.
7-3-14: With trade rumors swirling, David Price came within one pitch of extending his remarkable strikeout streak, as he lead the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays to victory over the New York Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night. Tampa has now won fourth straight. Price struck out nine Yankees and he fanned at least 10 in each of his previous five starts. He was trying to join Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat six straight times. The Rays are 9 ½ games back of Toronto for the AL East lead.
7-2-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have one shot at success this season and that involves the trade of David Price. The Rays are ready to trade Price now if the deal was right and are even willing to trade within the American League East division, albeit for a higher price tag. The Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, and others are scouting every Price start and are the teams most heavily involved in the bidding. Price is having the worst statistical season of his career but the sabermetrics tell a different story, which could help the Rays and Price. Price is only 28 years old and is under team control for this season and next and may command a package like the one that Cliff Lee fetched in 2009. Lee was also re-traded in 2009 which is also another possibility for Price which could allow him in Yankee pinstripes.
6-30-14: The Rays are finally showing some signs of life after yet another difficult month. They remain 12 games back in the American League East, but took advantage of their relatively easy schedule recently. Amid all the David Price trade rumors, they took multiple series from the Houston Astros and hope to seek revenge against the Baltimore Orioles after splitting their doubleheader on Friday.
6-26-14: Starting pitching has been a serious problem for Tampa all-season long and those struggles continued Tuesday. Chris Archer, who fell to 4-5 on the year, gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Rays, who loss 6-5 to the Pirates. The Rays have now lost 20 of 28. Tampa starter David Price, who will get the start in the series finale, has been subject of trade rumors recently. The Rays are 13 games out of first and have no real shot at making the postseason. It maybe their best interest to trade the lefty for young assets.
6-24-14: The Tampa Bay Rays are still looking to be sellers at this point this season but reports say that a fire sale is unlikely, although David Price is still said to be on the move. The lists of teams interested in Price’s services include the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers are said to be the favorite to acquire Price but they may have to include Joc Pederson to get the deal done. The Rays, on the other hand, are said to unlikely trade anyone else, especially Ben Zobrist, unless a deal just blows them away. The Rays hope to trade Price and other veterans to the National League and prefer to keep him away from other American League East teams unless they plan to overpay by a lot.
6-18-14: Chris Davis’ grand slam in the third inning was the difference as the Rays dropped Tuesday night’s game to Baltimore 7-5. Tampa Bay lost 14 of 15 games to dip to 24-42 back on June 10, their lowest point since the end of 2007. The Rays are 16 games under .500, winners of four of their previous six, and 13 games behind first-place Toronto. For a club that’s yet to have a winning streak of more than four games this season, Tamps would have to play .759 ball over the next month just to get to .500.
6-17-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that Grant Balfour is no longer their closer after struggling all season in the 9th inning for the club. Balfour had almost just as many walks, 20, as he did strikeouts, 21, at the time of the demotion and a 6.46 ERA after signing a two year deal worth $12 million this offseason. The Rays are instead moving towards a closer by committee and if anyone can make that work for the first time in history its manager Joe Maddon. The Rays also signed their first round pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft Casey Gillaspie to a full slot deal worth $2.035 million.
6-10-14: The Tampa Bay Rays received some terrible news on the Wil Myers front learning that Myers will miss at least the next two months with a fractured wrist. The earliest that Myers is expected to even begin rehabbing the wrist fracture is in five or six weeks and that could be far too late for the fading Rays team. Myers will not be back before the July 31st trading deadline and could become big sellers at the deadline. The Rays opened the 2014 season with their largest payroll ever but could be primed to trade veterans like David Price, Ben Zobrist, and Matt Joyce. The Rays outlined their plans for Price recently saying they needed three top players for Price or they would be more than willing to pull him back until the offseason. Price has one more season of team control after this season. The Rays began restocking their farm by selecting Casey Gillaspie 20th overall out of Wichita State to play first base in the future in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday.
6-3-14: The Tampa Bay Rays ace starting pitcher started a benches clearing episode between his team and the Boston Red Sox when he hit David Ortiz with a pitch. Ortiz said that he lost all respect for Price after the incident and this could very well be the beginning of a rivalry between the two clubs. The Rays Price was very critical of David Ortiz and his “this is a war” comment reminding us all that American soldiers are all over the world fighting the real war. The Rays showed more fight in the brawl then on the field lately though and are well under .500 and out of the American League East division race.
5-28-14: The Tampa Bay Rays kept the Boston Red Sox losing streak going over Memorial Day weekend extending the losing streak to 10 straight. While the Rays had a good weekend sweeping Boston they are still far out of contention in the American League East division and may be looking at trading David Price if they can. There are worries across the league due to the loss of velocity on Price’s fastball this year, down somewhere near 3 MPH on average, which is usually the sign of decline and/or injury.
5-21-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Jayson Nix to a minor league deal with a July 15 opt-out date after being designated for assignment from the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the month. Nix was presumably signed after super utility man Ben Zobrist was added to the disabled list for Tampa. Tampa needs help as they currently sit in the basement of the American League East division with a 19-26 record which may force their hand into trading ace starting pitcher David Price this July 31 trading deadline. The Rays have been hit hard with the injury bug and the lack of depth has really come back to haunt Tampa. The Rays are 4-6 in their last 10 games and are five games back in the division through a quarter of the season.
5-15-14: The Tampa Bay Rays are one of the most disappointing teams in the American League this season and currently sit in last place in the American League East division two weeks into May baseball. The Rays have been hit by the injury bug with Matt Moore and Alex Cobb going down to injuries but have also seen the bullpen struggle and David Price not pitch up to his potential. The Rays designated former closer Heath Bell for assignment last week as the revolving door in the pen continues under manager Joe Maddon. The Rays did witness outfielder Wil Myers hitting an inside the park home run against the New York Yankees earlier in the month so there is always that.
5-7-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have had a season to date of ups and downs including injuries to major stars like Matt Moore and Alex Cobb and at the same time have seen the likes of Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers take steps forward elite status. The Rays bullpen is still full of question marks though and may have a couple more now that the team has announced that they have designated relief pitcher Heath Bell for assignment. This could be a costly move for the Rays financially as they are potentially on the hook for around $5.5 million of his remaining salary, which is significant on such a small market team like Tampa. The Rays have the money to spend though and seem willing and poised to blow past the international spending cap that every team is allotted every signing period, beginning July, 2 every season, and are willing to pay the penalties that come along with the spending spree.
4-28-14: The Tampa Bay Rays did not have a great start to their 2014 season after losing #2 starting pitcher Matt Moore to Tommy John surgery and Alex Cobb to a disabled list trip. Cobb was struck in the head with a line drive off the bat and will miss the next month to two months with the injury. The Rays continue to play well and have spent most of the first month of the season in second place in the American League East division despite the injuries on the back of stars David Price and Evan Longoria. Even with the star power and the winning ways down in Tampa the Rays still struggle to draw more than an average of 20,000 fans per night which is disturbing and not an encouraging trend. Speculation has always been there that the Rays would move, even inside the state of Florida and possibly to Tampa, Florida from St. Petersburg, Florida, and the numbers suggest that this may be a possibility. The attendance, and subsequent lack of revenue for payroll, may force the Rays to trade Price as early as this trading deadline. Vote for Price, Longoria, Chris Archer, and all your favorite Rays players for the MLB All Star Game as voting has opened this week for the game.
4-21-14: The Tampa Bay rays are currently in fourth place of the American League East division and just finished up a strong showing at home against the New York Yankees. Although the series resulted in a four-game split please leave it up Yankee pitching 30 runs scored in the middle two games. Both resulting in wins for the home team. After their off day temple will remain at home to host the Minnesota Twins for three-game set. Third baseman Evan Longoria is having a strong season through the first three weeks batting .3 to 4 with 10 runs batted in.
4-14-14: The Tampa Bay Rays continued an up and down start to their 2014 season, but after two full weeks of baseball action sit in a first place tie atop the AL East with a 7-6 record. The Rays got the week started with a 2-1 series loss to the Kansas City Royals and missed out on a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds thanks to a rough 12-4 blasting on Sunday. Matt Joyce kept his bat hot this past week, as he still has a very solid .355 batting average and seven RBI’s through the first two weeks.
4-7-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have been hot and cold out of the gates in 2014, as they split their first series of the season (2-2) with the Toronto Blue Jays and then ended the first week with two wins out of three games with the Texas Rangers. Matt Joyce has been the unquestioned star in the early going, hitting a blazing .538, along with one homer and five RBIs. David Price has helped set the tone early from the mound, leading the Rays with 12 strikeouts and one win en route to a 4-3 start.
4-1-14: The Tampa Bay Rays began the 2014 MLB season in style, taking it to the Toronto Blue Jays in all facets of the game, winning 9-2. Starting pitcher David Price rode a shutout into the eighth inning and ended the night with just two earned runs to help the Rays start the season off on a high note. Matt Joyce was a stud on the offensive end, knocking in three runs in a game that was never close.
3-27-14: The Tampa Bay Rays got some discouraging news as pitcher Alex Colome has been suspended for 50 games due to steroids and PED's, Boldenone specifically. Colome, 25 years old, has been a big part of the Rays bullpen in recent seasons and was even part of the fifth starter competition in camp before the suspension was announced by the Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball. Colome was ranked as the fifth best prospect in the Rays system and now has to be replaced for basically the first two months of games in 2014. The Rays also lost another pitcher when Tampa released Erik Bedard before he opted out of his deal since he did not make the Opening Day roster. Tampa remains willing to sign him to a minor league deal if Bedard cannot find a Major League deal by the time the 2014 season opens up.
3-20-14: The Tampa Bay Rays had an unusually active offseason after signing Grant Balfour and James Loney while acquiring Heath Bell and Logan Forsyth in trades. Those trades did not involve David Price as previously speculated so Tampa went ahead and announced Price as their Opening Day starter to no one's surprise. The Rays fans are once again excited to see what the team will do this season in the American League East, although more than likely from the comfort of their own couch and not by purchasing a ticket at Tropicana Field. The Rays still have the best record in the Grapefruit League and have won eight of their last ten games, including five wins in a row, this spring behind strong starting pitching and timely hitting.
3-14-14: The Rays debuted a new slogan for the 2014 season. “Rays Up” encourages both the team and the fan to show stronger support in 2014. With numerous giveaways and post-game concerts the team should see an increase in attendance from previous seasons. Despite the lackluster fan support, the team has been one of the most successful in the AL during the decade.
3-13-14: The Tampa Bay Rays had a shaky bullpen in 2013 and helped that in 2014 with the free agent signing of Grant Balfour to close games, replacing Fernando Rodney. Tampa, under Joe Maddon, has one of the best Grapefruit League records this season behind strong play from Evan Longoria and company. David Price was part of trade speculations and rumors all offseason long but it still on the team and slated to start on Opening Day unless a lot changes between then and now. The Rays brought first basemen James Loney on a three year deal in hopes that 2013 was not a fluke or a contract season and that he can repeat his .299 average with power and a solid glove at first base. Wil Myers is an exciting young player to watch as well as Desmond Jennings so it makes you wonder why the Rays have so many problems selling tickets and putting people in Tropicana Field.
3-12-14: The five most expensive home games of the Tampa Bay Rays 2014 season are: September 17th vs the Yankees, August 16th vs the Yankees, April 19th vs the Yankees, July 26th vs the Red Sox (with free Tote Bag giveaway), and August 15th vs the Yankees (with free cooler giveaway).
3-11-14: The Rays 5 most expensive remaining Spring Training games are: March 25th vs Boston, March 23rd vs Boston, March 14th vs Atlanta, March 19th vs Baltimore, and March 16th vs the Red Sox. Tickets for Rays Opening Day March 31st vs Toronto currently average $96 on the secondary market, with cheapest ticket at $34.
3-5-14: The Tampa Bay rays had to deal with some forced changes to their pitching rotation this February as they signed veteran Eric Bedard minor-league deal while Jeremy Hellickson is going to be out until at least May due to elbow surgery. Starting player Ben ZObrist made his spring debut this week and said he felt great and didn't complain about his ailing back at all. Zobrist is a versatile player and is slated to start at second base in 2014 for the Tampa Bay rays.
3-4-14: The Yankees' Derek Jeter, who will be entering his final season in the big leagues, recently expressed interest in owning a team. If the situation were to come about, the Rays would be the likely candidate. The Rays rank last on the list of Forbes most valuable franchises, valued at $451 million.
1-24-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have just recently signed free agent closer Grant Balfour to a two year $12 million deal this past week in an attempt to improve their bullpen. For this upcoming season the Rays will heavily rely on All-Star Evan Longoria to be the best player on their team to go along with one of the better starting rotations of any team in the league led by David Price and Matt Moore.
1-7-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed their first baseman James Loney three-year deal with $21 million. However there is risk of losing their closer Fernando Rodney to free agency. Rodney is seeking around $10 million annually on a multiyear contract and is being heavily pursued by the Baltimore orioles.
12-9-13: Despite being a very tough division which is kept them out of the playoffs for several years the Tampa Bay rays have one thing going for them they compete well against both the Yankees and the Red Sox. Continuing their strategy of grooming young pitchers and never spending top dollar the rays have managed to always compete for a playoff spot all throughout the season. Perhaps that Big contract free agent that always seemingly eludes them would be the antidote to get them over the hump. However the Tampa Bay rays are no charity case and third baseman Evan Longoria is no slouch. Last season Longoria led the rays in home runs RBIs and run scored.
10-8-13: The Rays cut Boston's lead in the series to 2 games to 1 with their 5-4 win on Monday night. Jose Lobaton won it for the Rays with a walk-off home run off Sox closer Koji Uehara in the 9th.
10-7-13: After beating the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card play in game the Tampa Bay Rays find themselves in a 0-2 whole on the verge of getting swept look to hold off the Boston Red Sox to stay alive in the American League Division Series.
9-30-13: Coming into the final weekend of the regular season the Tampa Bay rays are one of baseballs hottest teams. After sweeping both the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees the rays are still trying to make a push into the playoffs. The Tampa Bay rays are currently in the wildcard lead in the American League and will conclude their regular season with the series against the Blue Jays over the weekend. As usual solid pitching was the meat and potatoes for the Rays success. However this year the offense of production was improved compared to years past as Evan Longoria eclipsed 30 home runs and the team was 12 in the major leagues in overall batting average. The left-hander David Price led the team in strikeouts with the hundred and 47.
8-20-13: The Tampa Bay rays are in second place only one game out of first. This week they will embark on a series against division rival Baltimore. On Monday they opened their series with the Orioles with a 4-3 win. David Price won his 7th game and Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 for with a home run.
Tampa Bay has a strong record at home of 41 – 23. They are +55 in terms of run differential. After starting the season on the disabled list left-hander David Price has a seven – five record with an ERA of 3.29. T
8-6-13: The Tampa Bay rays are in second place and leaders in the American League wild-card. This week they will engage in interleague play against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers. The rays are 6-4 in the last 10 games.
7-18-13: The Tampa Bay Rays are in second place in the division and they lead the AL wildcard race, along with Texas who is also tied for the wild-card lead. The rays have been strong behind young left-hander Matt Moore who is 13-3 with an era of 3.44. Matt Moore has struck out 108 batters in 107.1 innings. Offensively the rays are led by Evan Longoria And his 18 home runs along with 52 RBIs. After the All-Star break the Rays will head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays who are currently in last place of the division. As always pitching has been the rays strength with a team ERA of 3.82.
7/7/13 - Ben Zobrist was the only Tampa Bay Ray selected for the 2013 American League all-star team. So far in 2013 the 2nd baseman is hitting .262 with 5 HR and 45 RBI. It will be his 2nd ASG appearance.
6/12/13 - The Tampa Bay rays have lost two in a row and are currently in fourth place in the AL East division. The Rays missed the playoffs last year and if this seasons trend continues It will be the second straight season they miss the playoffs. The newly acquired James Loney leads the team in batting average Hitting 327. The longest tenured Ray Evan Longoria Is hitting 305 and leads the team with 11 homeruns.