Tampa Bay Rays

Rays could get creative when assembling 'pen
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Circumstances helped usher the Rays into a new bullpen era in 2015. Now some of those ideas have been adopted throughout the Major Leagues — particularly during the past two postseasons — and Tampa Bay is continuing to explore better ways to line up its pitching from starter to closer for any given game.

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Venters among 13 invited to Rays' spring camp
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Veteran left-hander Jonny Venters highlighted a group of 13 players who agreed to Minor League contracts with the Rays that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

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Rays lose Smith, keep Ciuffo in Rule 5 Draft
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Heading into Thursday’s 2017 Rule 5 Draft, the Rays were braced to lose catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Burch Smith in the Major League phase. They only lost Smith, who was selected by the Mets, who traded him to the Royals.

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Active at Meetings, Rays not done with deals
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No blockbuster trades took place for the Rays at Major League Baseball’s 2017 Winter Meetings, but the path has likely been paved to for the team to trade some of its more notable players.

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As talks continue, Rays settle for minor moves
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Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft was on the minds of many on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings. Many expect the Rays to lose two players, catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Burch Smith, by the time the Major League phase is completed Thursday morning.

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Rays acquire int'l slot money in deal with M's
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The Rays acquired international slot money Wednesday morning by trading left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to the Mariners. The money could prove to be a valuable tool in signing 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Jelfry Marte.

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Rays get Schimpf from SD for Minor Leaguer
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For the second time in as many days, the Rays made a deal at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings. On Tuesday, the Rays announced that they acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the Padres in exchange for Minor League infielder Deion Tansel. On Monday, Tampa Bay acquired infielder Joey Wendle from the A’s in exchange for […]

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Rays reportedly sign int'l SS prospect Marte
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Day 2 of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings saw the Rays make a trade, reportedly reach an agreement on an international signing and talk to a lot of teams and free agents. Early in the day, the Rays traded Minor Leaguer Deion Tansel to the Padres for slugging infielder Ryan Schimpf. Later, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez […]

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Rays have pieces to help shape trade market
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As the bulk of the free-agent class continues to look for potential landing spots, a multitude of teams continue to be connected to players ranging from J.D. Martinez to Yu Darvish. The Rays are not one of those teams, yet Tampa Bay could help shape the market thanks to a number of prominent players who […]

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Rays experiences up for bid in WM auction
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Rays fans looking for that unique gift, while also helping charity, need look no further than Major League Baseball’s annual auction.

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Rays acquire infielder Wendle in deal with A's
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The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Joey Wendle from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

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Rays ready to collect info, interest at Meetings
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The Rays’ front office has arrived Lake Buena Vista in the midst of assembling a competitive squad for the 2018 season. They’ll continue working the process during Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings.

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