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Tampa Bay’s Bullpen Is Set For A Rebound

My, oh my, the Tampa Bay Rays are going to look different next season. Following the many disappointments of the 2014 season, the Rays are undergoing somewhat of a roster remodeling. Predictably, the bullpen has been the focal point of several of the crucial moves made thus far. Rays’ teams during the Joe Maddon-era prided themselves on their seemingly always stellar relief pitching...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tom Foley promoted to bench coach as Rays finalize staff

New Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash has finalized his coaching staff. On Friday, the Rays announced that Tom Foley has been promoted from third base coach to bench coach, replacing Dave Martinez, who left the Rays in November and later took the same position with the Chicago Cubs. Rocco Baldelli, formerly the Rays' special assistant to baseball operations, has been hired as first...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Andover's Hanigan To Sox For Middlebrooks?

Reports are surfacing that Andover's Ryan Hanigan will be traded by the Padres to the Red Sox in exchange for Will Middlebrooks. Hanigan graduated from Andover (MA) High School back in 1999. He was a three-year varsity starter at Andover and was an Eastern Massachusetts All-Star in his senior year. Hanigan would be a perfect compliment to Christian Vazquez in the Boston backstop...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will City Council Vote Send The Rays Packing?

The St. Petersburg City Council voted down a proposal to let the Tampa Bay Rays scout around Hillsborough County for a new ballpark site. The likely effect of the vote is the sale of the team by current owner Stu Sternberg and a move to another city. This is probably the best news possible for the franchise—stuck in a Rube Goldberg-like joke of a stadium with equally dumb fans...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Request for Stadium Search Denied

The city of St. Petersburg, Florida, has denied Tampa Bay’s request to search for a new field location. The official vote was tallied 5-3, turning down the proposal that would’ve given the Rays three years to look for a new stadium site. The news comes as a big blow to the Rays organization, as they had been looking to move into the actual Tampa Bay area in order to generate...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

St Pete council rejects deal with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The St. Petersburg City Council has rejected a deal reached earlier this month between the Rays and the city's mayor that would have allowed the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay. The council voted 5-3 Thursday to reject Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed agreement. The team has played since its inception in Pinellas County at...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' new stadium hopes take hit as St. Pete City Council nixes location search

The St. Petersburg City Council rejected the proposed memorandum of understanding on Wednesday that would have allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to explore new stadium options in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The vote was 5-3. The MOU, announced by St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman and Rays president Brian Auld on Dec. 9, would have allowed the Rays to explore potential stadium sites...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Down Baseball’s 3-Team, 11-Player Trade: Can Wil Myers Bounce Back?

You don’t see these kinds of trades anymore. Eleven-player deals involving three teams are incredibly hard to pull off, so when they happen, they’re usually very intriguing. This one is no different. The Rays, Padres, and Nationals agreed to a deal on Tuesday that would send a slew of young players (and Ryan Hanigan) all over the place. Here’s how it breaks down. Click here to...
Via Batting Leadoff
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Of Course Rene Rivera Is Going to the Rays

Last month, not only did the Tampa Bay Rays cut Jose Molina, but, as Jeff detailed, no other Major League team was or has been interested in picking Molina up, even for the smallest of prices. As somebody who has always had their interests piqued by pitch-framing, this tiny morsel of a transaction nonetheless triggered […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Prospects in the Wil Myers Trade

The days-rumored mega deal has happened and I’m here to break down all the prospects.  I’ve put them in order of preference, though the top two prospects have the same grade, so you could flip-flop them if you prefer the instant impact of Souza over the positional scarcity of Turner. Trea Turner, SS, Washington Nationals […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wil Myers Reportedly Heading to San Diego

Just two years after getting shipped out of Kansas City, Wil Myers is reportedly on the move again. This time, he’s going to San Diego in a fascinating three way trade that looks to create more questions than it answers. First, the most updated details, as we know them, via Mark Topkin. Hearing #Rays are […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Rays' Grant Balfour honors his father during MLB Ambassador Tour

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Grant Balfour paid tribute to his father David, who has been battling cancer for four years, during the pitcher's trip to Australia for the MLB Ambassador Tour. Family, friends and fans gathered at the Blacktown International Sportspark, home of the Sydney Blue Sox, to join Balfour in honoring his father.
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Jake McGee will miss start of season following elbow surgery

The Tampa Bay Rays look to improve this winter on a team which won 77 games this past season. At 27th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, offense is the major area of concern. The Rays were solid on the mound, ranked 13th in ERA. On the injury front, left-handed reliever Jake McGee will miss the start of the season following elbow surgery. It's a key early season loss for the Rays...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres, Rays talking Wil Myers trade

The San Diego Padres have made a significant splash this winter in acquiring Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, and they’ve sniffed around some other bats (Yasmany Tomas, Justin Upton, Pablo Sandova) as well. But San Diego’s latest potential venture in the trade market is one that I don’t think anyone saw coming – the team is reportedly discussing a blockbuster trade with the Tampa...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot wife of baseball player shows off slamming body playing wiffle ball

Jason Whitney Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter David DeJesus may strike out on the field a lot, but he certainly isn’t off the diamond. DeJesus’ wife, Kim DeJesus, posted an Instagram video of her hitting a few wiffle balls in what appears to be the couple’s kitchen. Kim also does a little booty dance in one of the clips. Enjoy:   Practicing my swing Sports-Kings - The...
Via Sports-Kings
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays David DeJesus’ Wife Plays Wiffle Ball In The Kitchen (Video)

Seems like the field has been replaced in the DeJesus household. Kim DeJesus has been practicing her swing. Check out her celebratory dance. Practicing my swing The post Tampa Bay Rays David DeJesus’ Wife Plays Wiffle Ball In The Kitchen (Video) appeared first on Geeks & Cleats.
Via Geeks and Cleats
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kim DeJesus Releases Scintillating Wiffle Ball Video

The world of WAGs has a load of high profile stars but one under-the-radar lady continues to entice. Kim DeJesus, wife of journeyman outfielder David DeJesus, is certainly a household name in the extreme WAG communities but not in the casual baseball circles. She is an Instagram beauty and released the most scintillating wiffle ball Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Hottest Wiffle Ball Video Kim DeJesus Has Ever Made

This embed is invalid" /> While most of you are going absolutely crazy over Amanda Dufner on Instagram, I’ll just be over here minding my business and admiring the IG work of Kim DeJesus, who continues to fly under the radar when it comes to hot and fun athlete wives. For example, take the above video that was uploaded this weekend. Kim could’ve just produced...
Via Busted Coverage
6 days ago  |  Discuss

No major moves from Rays during MLB Winter Meetings

Wheeling and dealing took place at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings this week, but predictably, the Tampa Bay Rays have kept some distance from the hot-stove headlines. The team's biggest development happened Tuesday in St. Petersburg, where an agreement was announced between the franchise and mayor Rick Kriseman to allow the team to search for new stadium sites in Hillsborough...
Via Fox Sports Florida
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Indians Bullpen Coach Kevin Cash Hired As Tampa Bay Rays Manager

This embed is invalid" /> ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kevin Cash is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team announced the former Cleveland Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon’s replacement on Friday, selecting him over ex-Seattle Mariners manager and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, has no...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Cash named Rays manager

The Tampa Bay Rays finally have named Joe Maddon’s replacement as manager – Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. Please welcome #Rays Manager Kevin Cash! Cash becomes the fifth skipper in club history. pic.twitter.com/NT1BLMQEAK — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) December 5, 2014 Cash turns 37 on Saturday, and is a two-time World Champion with the Red Sox and Yankees. He grew...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Ozzie Guillen: Joe Maddon 'one guy I'd love to coach for'

Joe Maddon’s managerial free agency has drawn the attention of at least one former skipper. Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday he wants to return to Major League Baseball. Guillen, who previously managed the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins, apparently doesn’t need to be a staff’s head honcho, either, particularly if Maddon is leading the charge as manager...
Via NESN.com
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Maddon on leaving Rays: 'I hope they don't feel betrayed'

Joe Maddon is an opportunist. Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract over the weekend, meaning he will not manage the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. According to Maddon, the opportunity to become a managerial free agent was one he couldn’t pass up, though he’s leaving the Rays on amicable terms. “I just hope they will understand that this was a unique opportunity for me...
Via NESN.com
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Agent: Joe Maddon prepared to sit out season if need be

Free-agent manager Joe Maddon doesn't have many viable options if he wants to manage a ballclub in the 2015 season. Three teams (Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks) have already hired managers, and that really only leaves him with a few choices. The Minnesota Twins are the only club with an actual job opening, but that would be a downgrade from his previous...
Via The Sports Daily
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

As our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported Friday night, Joe Maddon has left the Tampa Bay Rays, and we now have a little more insight as to why. Maddon opted out of his contract for 2015, and it appears that he wants a long-term deal to begin as soon as possible. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Maddon wants a five-year, $25-million contract, an amount the Rays...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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