Player News - Rays

Date: Team: Pos:

Shane Peterson has elected free agency.

The 29-year-old outfielder hit .253/.310/.392 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI in 88 plate appearances with the Rays in 2017. He's got a little bit of power and a little bit of speed, and could be an intriguing fantasy commodity if he ever worked his way into a platoon role someplace.
Oct 21 - 2:51 PM

Taylor Featherston has elected free agency.

The infielder is a career .160/.221/.256 over 244 plate appearances in his career at the big league level. He's nothing more than organizational infield fodder at this stage of his career.
Oct 21 - 2:49 PM

Bill Chastain of MLB.com believes that Logan Morrison is unlikely to return to the Rays next season.

The impending free agent signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Rays last winter when he couldn't find a full-time gig on the free market and went on to post a career year with 38 long balls. The Rays would like to give prospect Jake Bauers a shot at first base next season, so unless Morrison is left out in the cold again this winter, expect that he'll land a more lucrative deal elsewhere.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 14 - 11:58 AM

Former Rays' pitching coach Jim Hickey has already been approached by several interested teams.

Hickey was relieved of his duties as the Rays' pitching coach last week after 11 seasons with the club, getting replaced by Kyle Snyder. He is expected to wait until the end of the playoffs to see what all of the possible openings are before deciding his next course of action.
Oct 14 - 10:33 AM

Rays activated RHP Kevin Gadea from the 60-day disabled list, and sent him outright to Triple-A Durham.

This is nothing more than a procedural move. The 22-year-old hurler missed the entire 2017 season due to elbow troubles.
Oct 8 - 9:12 PM

Rays released INF Danny Espinosa.

2017 was a very disappointing season for the once-promising infielder, as he slashed a brutal .173/.245/.278 with six homers and 31 RBI in 295 plate appearances between the Angels, Mariners and Rays. He clubbed 24 home runs with the Nationals in 2016, so there's probably another club willing to take a chance on him, but his fantasy outlook for 2018 is bleak.
Oct 7 - 8:23 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are expected to name Kyle Snyder as their new pitching coach.

The club announced Tuesday that Jim Hickey would not return for the 2018 season after spending 11 seasons as the Rays' pitching coach. It was called a "mutual decision." Snyder played in the majors for the Royals (2003-2006) and Red Sox (2006-2008) and had been serving as a pitching instructor in Tampa Bay's minor league system since 2012.
Oct 3 - 5:43 PM

Jim Hickey will not return as the Rays' pitching coach.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, this was a "mutual decision" between Hickey and the Rays. Tampa Bay pitchers posted a combined 3.97 ERA in 2017, which ranked eighth out of the 30 major league teams. Hickey served as the club's pitching coach for 11 years, after spending two years as the pitching coach of the Astros.
Oct 3 - 4:34 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays bench coach Tom Foley is being reassigned to a new role in the organization.

Topkin says it was a "mutual decision" between the club and Foley. Foley has been with the Rays in various capacities since their expansion year in 1996. He had been the bench coach since 2015.
Oct 2 - 4:54 PM

Curt Casali hit his first home run of the year in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Orioles.

His solo shot in the bottom of the fifth inning off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman broke a 0-0 gridlock. Tampa Bay would go on to win the game 6-0. Casili spent the large majority of the 2017 season at Triple-A Durham and he probably won't be in the Rays' plans for 2018.
Oct 1 - 5:59 PM

Blake Snell struck out 13 batters over seven scoreless innings as the Rays beat the Orioles 6-0 in Sunday's regular-season finale.

Snell went out on a high note, yielding just two hits -- both of them singles -- over seven scoreless frames. The 24-year-old left-hander had a rollercoaster-like 2017 season and needs to greatly improve on his control leading into 2018. He did show promise down the stretch, especially on Sunday versus a Baltimore lineup filled with regulars.
Oct 1 - 5:54 PM

Wilson Ramos is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Kevin Kiermaier, Brad Miller and Adeiny Hechavarria are also sitting out. Curt Casali will catch.

Chris Archer turned in five shutout innings and allowed just two hits in a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Saturday.

He struck out six batters and issued two walks. His record improves to 10-12 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 34 starts. His 249:60 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 201 innings is one of the best in the league. This is the second year in a row that Archer finishes with an ERA over four despite some very strong peripherals. If he wants to move into the upper echelon of starting pitchers he will need to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark. He allowed 27 homers this year and 30 last year.
Sep 30 - 10:11 PM

Alex Colome allowed two hits and a run while earning a save against the Orioles on Saturday.

He gave up a double to J.J. Hardy and a single to Chance Sisco followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Anthony Santander. He was protecting a two-run lead so all was fine. Colome has wrapped up the major league saves title with 47 on the season. He has a 3.24 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.
Sep 30 - 10:01 PM

Brad Miller went 2-for-4 and blasted a three-run homer in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

He victimized starter Miguel Castro in the fourth inning. It was his ninth longball of the season, which is a pale shadow of the 30 taters he hit a year ago. Today's two hits lifted Miller's batting average above the Mendoza line to .201 in 407 plate appearances. He's spent most of this year at second base after being primarily a shortstop in prior seasons.
Sep 30 - 9:55 PM


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