Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays have narrowed down their managerial search to three finalists: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.

Wakamatsu is the only one of the trio who has previous experience as a major league manager. The surprise in this announcement, is that bench coach Dave Martinez, who was widely considered to be the favorite for the gig, wasn't even among the finalists.
Nov 21 - 5:25 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rays have made Matt Joyce available for trade.

It's not surprising, as the Rays are in cost-cutting mode and Joyce is due another raise in what will be his final year of arbitration. The 30-year-old's OPS has been in a steady decline the last few years, bottoming out in 2014 at .732 when he hit just nine homers. Still, he can be a useful bat and the Rays should be able to find a taker for him.
Nov 21 - 3:05 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Manny Acta is out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

He has the most big league managerial experience of anyone who interviewed, but the Rays have decided to pass. Acta and Craig Counsell have now been crossed off the list, and the Rays reportedly have narrowed their search down to three names.
Nov 21 - 2:57 PM

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Craig Counsell has pulled out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

Counsell was one of 10 candidate to interview for the gig. He will continue with his job as special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.
Nov 21 - 10:45 AM

Rays purchased the contract of C Justin O'Conner from Double-A Montgomery.

The former first-round pick had his best season as a pro in 2014, batting .278/.316/.466 with 12 homers between High- and Double-A. O'Conner is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 21 - 9:16 AM

Rays purchased the contract of OF Mikie Mahtook from Triple-A Durham.

The former first-round pick is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Mahtook batted .292/.362/.458 with 12 homers, 68 RBI and 18 steals at Durham this past season and should make his debut at some point in 2015.
Nov 21 - 9:14 AM

Rays purchased the contract of LHP Grayson Garvin from Double-A Montgomery.

A former sandwich round pick, Garvin put up a 3.77 ERA with 60 strikeouts over 74 innings for Montgomery in 2014. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 21 - 9:12 AM

Rays purchased the contract of 2B Ryan Brett from Double-A Montgomery.

A former third-round pick, Brett is a career .297/.354/.435 hitter in the minors. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 21 - 9:09 AM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Matt Andriese from Triple-A Durham.

Andriese is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. The 25-year-old put up a 3.77 ERA with 129 strikeouts over 162 1/3 innings at Durham this past season.
Nov 21 - 9:08 AM

Rays acquired RHPs Greg Harris and Jose Dominguez from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore.

Harris is an intriguing long-term project, as the 20-year-old has some upside as a starter. He holds a 4.69 ERA so far in the lower minors as a starter but has struck out nearly a batter per inning. Obviously he's a long ways away from the majors.
Nov 21 - 9:06 AM

Rays acquired RHPs Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore.

Dominguez hasn't fared well in his brief time in the majors, but he can touch triple-digits on the radar gun, which obviously makes him quite appealing. He should crack the Rays' Opening Day bullpen.
Nov 21 - 9:01 AM

Rays designated RHP Michael Kohn for assignment.

The Rays just signed Kohn last month, but the right-hander will now be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The 28-year-old holds a 3.67 ERA with 107 strikeouts across 110 1/3 frames at the major league level, though he's also walked 73.
Nov 21 - 8:57 AM

Rays designated INF Cole Figueroa for assignment.

Figueroa batted just .233/.286/.326 through 23 games this past season at the major league level. The 27-year-old figures to clear waivers.
Nov 21 - 8:55 AM

Rays designated C Jose Molina for assignment.

Assuming he's not claimed on waivers (which is highly unlikely), the Rays will eat the $2.75 million he's owed in 2015. Molina, 39, batted an ugly .178/.230/.187 in 2014 but still could catch on as a backup somewhere given his defense and pitch-framing ability.
Nov 20 - 7:01 PM

Evan Longoria (forearm) returned to the starting lineup for the MLB All-Stars Thursday in Japan.

Longoria made an early exit from Monday's game in Tokyo after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch, but that was merely a precautionary move. He hit a home run Thursday in the final game of the 10-day tour.
Nov 20 - 10:52 AM


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