In light of the heat Mike Matheny is drawing for being reluctant to use his closer in a tie game in the 9th inning while on the road, here’s a look at how often each closer was used in those situations during the 2014 regular season.
The first transaction of the Matt Silverman era resembles many of the ones we witnessed under Andrew Friedman’s leadership: the Rays announced the signing of relief pitcher Michael Kohn to a one-year contract. (Though it’s worth noting that he’s under team control through the 2017 season anyway.) Financial terms were not released.
Now that some of the initial shock has worn off, it’s time to address what Andrew Friedman’s departure means.
Andrew Friedman has joined the Dodgers, according to a team release. Matthew Silverman, previously the team president, will replace Friedman as president of baseball operations. It’s unclear if/how this will impact the rest of the front office.
In today’s column, Marc Topkin had this bit regarding the Rays and their lack of double plays this season: The Rays set a major-league record by making only 96 double plays, fewest by any team since the advent of the 162-game schedule in 1961. The 2012 Padres had 97. While it has been obvious that […]
A disappointing season is almost over, but there are some rookies worth writing about. Steve Geltz, a right-handed reliever acquired for Dane De La Rosa in spring 2013, made 70 appearances for Durham before he debuted with the Rays. He’s since shown some good and bad.
Nate Karns made his Rays’ debut Friday night and the result was nothing short of spectacular. Facing a Blue Jays’ lineup that featured mostly regulars, he tossed seven shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and two walks while striking out eight. Rays’ manager Joe Maddon gave him an extended leash, allowing him to toss 114 […]
The Rays have signed right-handed reliever Neil Wagner to a two-year minor-league deal, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. Wagner underwent Tommy John surgery in August, meaning he’ll have limited availability next season. Provided he makes a full recovery, he should compete for a bullpen gig in 2016. The power-armed Wagner, whose fastball can […]
With Drew Smyly shut down for the remainder of the season, the Rays have recalled Nate Karns from Durham to join the rotation. Karns, acquired in the Jose Lobaton trade, will make his Tampa Bay debut this weekend. He features a good fastball-breaking ball combination, though his command, changeup, and age led many to project […]