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Rays signed RHP Michael Kohn to a one-year contract.

Kohn elected free agency last month after being removed from the Angels' 40-man roster. 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. He should be able to crack the Rays' Opening Day roster next season as a middle reliever.
Oct 16 - 6:40 PM

Rays president Matt Silverman said Wednesday that the team intends to engage manager Joe Maddon in extension talks soon.

"It's hard to imagine this club not being managed by Joe," Silverman said. "We want him here, Joe says he wants to be here, those are the ingredients for another deal. We've had several so far, and I'm hopeful that we're going to have another one." Silverman also said he would like to have an extension worked out before the season, but that it wasn't a necessity for Maddon to remain with the club beyond 2015. Maddon has also expressed an interest in working out an extension. Until one is done, though, the rumors about Maddon joining departed executive VP Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers likely won't go away entirely.
Oct 15 - 7:49 PM

Joe Maddon said Tuesday that he "absolutely" wants to remain Rays manager.

After it was announced that executive VP of baseball operations/general manager Andrew Friedman accepted a job with the Dodgers, many immediately speculated that Maddon would follow him to Los Angeles. However, the scenario appears unlikely right now. "I want to continue to be a Ray, absolutely," said Maddon. For what it's worth, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hears that Friedman's plan as of right now is to stick with Don Mattingly as manager for 2015.
Oct 14 - 3:54 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays executive VP of baseball operations/general manager Andrew Friedman has accepted a job with the Dodgers.

The official title will be president of baseball operations. Meanwhile, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti will remain with the organization as a senior advisor. Friedman passed up opportunities with the Angels and his hometown Astros just two offseasons ago, but the Dodgers were able to lure him to make the jump this time around. After continuously guiding the Rays to success despite one of the lowest payroll in the majors, it will be fascinating to see what he could accomplish with a huge budget in Los Angeles. As for the Rays, Matt Silverman is slated to take over baseball operations.
Oct 14 - 1:51 PM

Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians in Sunday's season finale.

It certainly wasn't the way Cobb wanted to go out, as his 10 hits allowed tied a season high. Two of those hits left the yard, the first home runs he'd allowed since July 18. It was still a largely positive year for the 26-year-old -- Cobb ends the season 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 149/47 K/BB ratio over 166 1/3 innings. Barring the unforeseen, he'll enter 2015 as the Rays' ace.
Sep 28 - 5:07 PM

Alex Colome hurled 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Indians.

Colome held the Cleveland offense to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The 25-year-old right-hander will finish the 2014 season with a promising 2.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings. He started the year on a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension.
Sep 27 - 9:08 PM

James Loney was the lone bright spot for the Rays offense in Friday's loss to the Indians, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.

The Rays generated just five hits as a team, with Loney the only member to collect a pair of them. He's had another solid season for Tampa Bay, slashing .290/.336/.381 with nine homers and 68 RBI.
Sep 26 - 9:46 PM

Nick Franklin had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Indians, going hitless in four at-bats.

He wasn't alone in his struggles, as most of the Rays hitters had a difficult time getting anything going against Corey Kluber. Franklin drew the start at shortstop in this one, and may be used in a super-utility role for the Rays in 2015.
Sep 26 - 9:45 PM

Chris Archer was outstanding in a tough luck loss against the Indians on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The hard-throwing right-hander punched out six on the evening while walking just two. The only damage against him, and in the ballgame, came on a solo home run off the bat of Jose Ramirez in the second inning. His season concludes with a 10-9 record, 3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 173/72 K/BB ratio over 194 2/3 innings. Once he can learn to limit the walks, the sky is the limit for this 26-year-old.
Sep 26 - 9:43 PM

Jeremy Hellickson allowed six runs (five earned) in 2 1/3 innings as the Rays were hammered in an 11-1 loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.

The Red Sox were all over Hellickson from the beginning. The right-hander yielded eight hits while striking out two and walking none. It's hard to ding him too harshly for mediocre numbers, as he missed the first three months of the season after undergoing elbow surgery in January. Hellickson wraps up his 2014 season with a 4.52 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 54/21 K/BB ratio.
Sep 25 - 11:00 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that an MRI on Yunel Escobar's left knee showed no tears or structural damage.

Escobar injured the knee during an awkward slide into home plate on Tuesday. The good news is that he's only dealing with a bruise, but there won't be enough time for him to return this season.
Sep 25 - 5:48 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he's planning to use a closer-by-committee approach in 2015.

"I kind of like the closer-less bullpen, where you really can match up," Maddon told reporters. "We’ve done it where the eighth inning requires this skill set and the ninth inning may require this skill set, and you have several guys who don’t mind the pressure of those last three outs." Jake McGee has struggled down the stretch this season, blowing three saves in September, but he still owns a shiny 1.92 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 87/16 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 total frames. The left-hander will likely be the guy to draft from the Tampa Bay bullpen next spring no matter what the "plan" is.
Sep 25 - 10:02 AM

Sean Rodriguez (family) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Rodriguez was away from the Rays for the early part of this week following the death of his grandmother. His one hit Wednesday night was a double. The 29-year-old utilityman is batting .207/.255/.431 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 94 games this season.
Sep 25 - 4:25 AM

Jake Odorizzi failed to record an out in the fourth inning, giving up five runs in three-plus innings as the Rays were handily defeated by the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Odorizzi had nothing going for him. The Red Sox compiled seven hits and three walks while striking out three. The right-hander allowed the first three batters he faced in the fourth inning to reach base on a double, a walk, and a single before departing. All three would come around to score. Odorizzi closes the book on his 2014 season at 11-13 with a 4.18 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 174/59 K/BB ratio.
Sep 24 - 10:58 PM

Curt Casali has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Casali took two foul balls off the mask during Wednesday's game, forcing his exit. The Rays have said his season is over.
Sep 24 - 9:58 PM

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