During an offseason that has seen the Rays give a makeover to its Major League coaching staff, Tuesday’s announcement about promotions within the clubhouse staff seemed appropriate.
Giving back has been the Rays’ mantra ever since principal owner Stuart Sternberg’s group took over the franchise following the 2005 season. That shared sense of community and wanting to give back was never more evident than through the team’s recent financial contributions and volunteer efforts to help those in need in the Florida Keys.
Brent Honeywell and Jake Bauers highlighted the group of players added to the Rays’ 40-man roster on Monday.
Fred McGriff and Aubrey Huff will represent the Rays on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.
Rocco Baldelli has been promoted to the position of Major League field coordinator, finalizing manager Kevin Cash’s Major League coaching staff for 2018.
Alex Cobb has turned down the Rays’ one-year qualifying offer of $17.4 million for the 2018 season, making the right-hander free to sign with another team as a free agent.
Led by a trio of Rays prospects who combined for seven hits and seven RBI, Surprise routed the East Division champion Mesa Solar Sox, 10-4, to end the season on a high note.
The Competitive Balance rounds for the 2018 Draft — at the ends of the first and second rounds — have been set. Eight teams will pick in Competitive Balance Round A, while six will make selections in Competitive Balance Round B.
Chaim Bloom is hoping to find the right combination of players to put the Rays into the playoffs next season. Despite his busy schedule, the senior vice president of baseball operations managed to free up a little time for a Q&A with MLB.com. Here’s what he had to say:
Rays outfielder Mallex Smith joined hundreds of Tampa Bay community volunteers from Bank of America, University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc., and KaBOOM! on Friday to break ground on a new playground at University Area Harvest Hope Park to give local children, particularly those growing up in poverty, a safe place to play.
The Arizona Fall League’s best and most prospect-laden team will play before a national television audience Saturday night when the Peoria Javelinas visit the Surprise Saguaros.