Tampa Bay Rays

Rays acquire Conger from Astros for cash
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The Rays acquired catcher Hank Conger from the Astros for cash considerations Wednesday night. In addition, they tendered contracts to their nine aribitration-eligible players prior to Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline.

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Rays DFA Butler to make room for Conger
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The Rays have designated outfielder Joey Butler for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for catcher Hank Conger, whom they acquired from the Astros for cash considerations Wednesday night.

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Cash wants a 'lot of big innings' from bullpen
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Kevin Cash met with the media Monday afternoon and one thing is certain: The Rays’ manager wants to continue being aggressive with his bullpen.

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Rays announce new hires, promotions
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Rays president Brian Auld announced several personnel changes within the organization on Friday.

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Amid rumors, no deals from Rays on Day 1
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Following their long-adhered-to policy, the Rays did not address any rumors at the end of the day. Chaim Bloom, Rays vice president of baseball operations, did characterize Monday as being an “active time already.”

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Rays in good place despite quiet Meetings
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Not everybody makes headlines at the Winter Meetings. Count the Rays among that group following this year’s gathering that took place at the Opryland Hotel. But that doesn’t mean that Tampa Bay’s front office hasn’t been busy.

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Rays exploring varied possibilities at Meetings
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After three days of visiting with other teams and agents to discuss different trade deals and possible signings, the Rays continued to stand pat Wednesday.

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Rays to address safety with netting changes
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In response to Major League Baseball’s recommendations to improve safety at games, the Rays plan on implementing changes to Tropicana Field.

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Rays remain in 'listening mode' at Meetings
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The Rays have players other teams want, but they don’t have to make a deal to improve. Thus they have spent the first two days of the Winter Meetings with their ears open and have felt no pressure to make a deal.

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Year of experience makes difference for Cash
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Kevin Cash is getting more comfortable. Heading into his second year on the job as manager of the Rays, Cash already cuts a different figure than he did a year ago.

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Inbox: Rays planning to trade another starter?
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Are the Rays considering trades for Jake Odorizzi, Matt Moore and Drew Smyly? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers that inquiry and others in his latest Inbox.

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Rays hearing from teams on young pitchers
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The Rays have already dealt one starter this offseason, but the club is still drawing interest from other teams looking to acquire young impact pitching.

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