Draft failure has persisted as a go-to talking point about the Rays the past few seasons. R.J. Harrison, the club’s scouting director since Andrew Friedman took over, set the bar high during his first two drafts by selecting three all-stars (Evan Longoria, David Price, and Matt Moore) and two above-average contributors (Alex Cobb and Desmond Jennings). […]
Back in July 2013, we posted a generational overview of the Rays’ roster, a piece inspired by Jason Wojciechowski. Since Wojciechowski just updated the A’s version over at Beaneball, and since the Rays and A’s seem to share everything else, here’s an updated look at the genesis of Tampa Bay’s roster. First-generation players (26 in […]
A recap of what the Rays lost yesterday.
A recap of what the Rays gained yesterday.
Should the Rays and Giants match up on a Ben Zobrist trade, one player would be a logical inclusion. If there is a such thing as a blocked prospect, then Giants catcher Andrew Susac might be it. He’s stuck behind one of the game’s best and most decorated backstops, and lacks the athleticism to play […]
The Rays have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal worth $8 million, according to various media reports. Though the deal is surprising for obvious reasons—the Rays already employed multiple switch-hitting infielders who play second base, Cabrera’s presumable home—it is an otherwise likable, sensible agreement, and one that could look better before the winter […]
Based on the current roster, the Rays have most of their bullpen in place. Without including Jake McGee, who will open the season on the disabled list, Tampa Bay has five pitchers who either lack options or cannot be optioned to the minors due to service time: Grant Balfour, Jeff Beliveau, Alex Colome, Ernesto Frieri, […]
Finally, there’s Burch Smith. In theory Smith, who tossed more than 30 innings for the Padres in 2013, should be nearing readiness. But his status remains unclear because of the uncertainty surrounding his health and arsenal. Smith missed almost all of last season with a forearm issue. He did pitch in the AFL so, while we […]
In addition to Rene Rivera, Steven Souza figures to slot into the Rays’ Opening Day lineup. Souza, 26 in April, comes to St. Petersburg with an unusual background story. He was troubled during his early days with the Nationals, earning a suspension following a failed drug test and later getting benched for violating team rules. […]