When Joey Butler was signed by the Rays, it was such an afterthought we never even wrote it up here. Even when he was called up to replace Steven Souza Jr. the first time the rookie went to the disabled list, we did not write him up. Even when Butler was hitting .347/.373/.529, we didn’t […]
The Rays have dealt away Kevin Jepsen for minor league pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alex Tapia.
Earlier this month during one of the radio broadcasts, Dave Wills mentioned he was talking to a scout before the game that said, “Kiermaier has enough pop to hurt himself at the plate.” The larger point was that a player who looks like someone that could thrive as a slash and dash player sometimes took […]
When you name your child Herschel Mack Powell IV you enter that infant into a lifetime of expectations that will never be met. Sure you might become the Assistant to the General Manager for the Southeast corridor for Publix Supermarkets, but your grandpappy Herschel Mack Powell Sr. WAS the General Manager for a prolific dry […]
A few days ago, Ben Lindbergh posted a phenomenal expose on Evan Longoria’s disappearing power. In it, he quoted BaseballProspectus.com’s swing analyst, Ryan Parker. Earlier tonight on Twitter, Parker added a few more thoughts.
This season marked my 10th writing about the Rays. Turns out that achievement doesn’t impress many folks: I never received a cent or a job opportunity from my Rays material. That isn’t some oddball brag—if anything, it’s an insult to my work and monetizing ability—so much as evidence that my motivation to write about the Rays was […]
The Rays have acquired right-handed starter Garrett Fulenchek from the Braves in exchange for two international bonus slots.
Matt Moore returned to the majors on Thursday. Here are some thoughts from his season debut. First, congratulations are due to Moore. The rehab process is difficult and Thursday’s start was never guaranteed. He made it back though, and no matter what happens, nobody can ever take that accomplishment from him. As is often the […]
On Saturday, the Rays announced various front office changes. The most notable will see scouting director R.J. Harrison abandon the role in July for a senior advisor position, just weeks after presiding over his 10th draft, the most in franchise history. The Rays named Rob Metzler as Harrison’s successor. Harrison’s drafts had become in recent […]