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. […]
We’ll have more on Steven Souza and Burch Smith later. For now, here are notes on the other players the Rays received. Rene Rivera, who turns 32 on the day of the trade deadline and is under team control through the 2017 season, will provide most of his value on defense through his receiving and […]
For a team that likes to ball on a budget, it raises a few eyebrows when they are on the precipice of trading away a player two years from arbitration and five seasons from free agency. In most cases, these are the types of players the Rays have wanted to acquire via trade, but multiple […]
Tommy wrote up Kevin Jepsen earlier. Here are some additional thoughts on the Rays’ newest reliever. What separates Jepsen from many of the other right-handed relievers on the roster is his size. At 6-foot-3 and 230-plus pounds, he’s built more like a starter than a reliever. Alas, stature is where the confusion ends. Jepsen’s mechanics […]
On Tuesday, the Rays announced the trade of Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.
The Rays completed the trade of Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates by acquiring right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden. In addition to Borden, the club signed three players with major-league experience to minor-league contracts with invites to spring training: catcher Bobby Wilson, outfielder Corey Brown and utility player Eugenio Velez.
The old parlance is you can tell a lot about a pitch by how batters react to it. Based on how some quality hitters behaved when faced with Jose Dominguez’s fastball last season, his heater will become one of the best pitches on the staff once he arrives in St. Pete.
After a lengthy search process, the Rays have hired Kevin Cash as the club’s next manager according to Ken Rosenthal. The former major-league catcher has spent his post-playing days as an advance scout (Toronto) and most recently as bullpen coach for Cleveland. He is a product of Gaither High School (Tampa) and Florida State University.