To think, the offseason hasn’t started yet, but change has been the theme in Tampa Bay. A new head of baseball operations and (eventually) new manager will dominate the winter headlines, in part because the team that begins 2015 could look much like the one that ended 2014. Each projected positional starter is under contract or team […]
Speculation and over-analysis are givens whenever a team seeks a new manager. The interview process is too secretive and methodical, leaving onlookers too uninformed and unsatisfied for any other result to occur. As such, expect whoever is named in connection to the Rays’ opening in the coming weeks to receive more scrutiny than necessary. In […]
The team released the following statement:
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.