Player News - Rays

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Kevin Kiermaier singled in a pair of runs as the Rays bested the Pirates 6-3 on Friday.

With Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza gone, Kiermaier is probably going to open up as the Rays' No. 3 hitter. That doesn't bode very well for the team's offense, but it will help Kiermaier's fantasy value some. He hit .276/.338/.450 with 15 homers and 16 steals in 380 at-bats last year.
Feb 23 - 4:54 PM

Yonny Chirinos blanked the Orioles for two innings Friday in Tampa Bay's 6-3 victory.

Chirinos stands to benefit from Brent Honeywell's injury, as he's now more likely to be the first starter promoted from Triple-A Durham's rotation. The 24-year-old went 13-5 with a 2.74 ERA in a 2017 season spent mostly at Durham. He doesn't have Honeywell's ceiling, but he's an AL-only sleeper.
Feb 23 - 4:25 PM

Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and it's been recommended he undergo Tommy John surgery.

The initial diagnosis for Honeywell was a strained right forearm, but as doctors looked at him further the bad news was discovered. It's obviously a huge bummer, as Honeywell is one of the best pitching prospects in the game and had been slated to play a big role with the Rays this season. He'll get a second opinion but plans to have surgery as soon as possible. Honeywell will obviously miss the entire 2018 season and will probably get a late start to 2019, as well.
Feb 23 - 8:31 AM

Rays acquired INF Tristan Gray, RHP Daniel Hudson, and cash considerations from the Pirates for OF Corey Dickerson.

Gray, a 13th round pick in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft out of Rice University, batted .269/.329/.486 with seven home runs and five stolen bases over his first 53 professional games last season in Low-A Ball. The 21-year-old made 26 starts at second base and 18 starts at shortstop.
Feb 22 - 1:37 PM

Rays acquired RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations from the Pirates for OF Corey Dickerson.

Hudson will ideally slide into a setup role behind Rays closer Alex Colome, though he struggled to a 4.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 66/33 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings last season in Pittsburgh. The 30-year-old right-hander is due a $5.5 million salary in 2018 -- the final year of a two-year, $11 million free agent contract he signed with the Pirates last winter.
Feb 22 - 1:34 PM

Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a right forearm strain.

More tests will have to be run before the Rays have an idea on the full extent of the injury, but the news is already troublesome. Honeywell cut short a bullpen session Thursday morning in Rays camp after feeling pain in his throwing arm. He was "clearly upset" as he walked off the practice field with a trainer, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. More should be known on Friday. The 22-year-old right-hander is considered one of the top prospects in baseball.
Feb 22 - 12:16 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Brent Honeywell's injury issue is "definitely arm related and of potential major concern."

Honeywell was 8-10 pitches into a bullpen session Thursday morning in Rays camp when the injury occured. According to Topkin, who was on the scene, the 22-year-old right-hander was "clearly upset" and "cursed loudly a few times" before leaving the field with a trainer. This is potentially devastating news for one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. Honeywell holds a 2.88 career ERA in the minor leagues and put up a dominant 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136 2/3 innings (26 starts) last season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He was on track to make his MLB debut in early 2018.
Feb 22 - 11:59 AM

Brent Honeywell cut short a bullpen session Thursday morning in Rays camp and left the field with a trainer.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the 22-year-old top pitching prospect was "clearly upset" as he made his way into the clubhouse and "cursed loudly a few times." We could be dealing with some awful news here shortly. Honeywell was in line to make his major league debut in early 2018 after registering a 3.49 ERA and 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136 2/3 innings (26 starts) last season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.
Feb 22 - 11:29 AM

Rays GM Erik Neander told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday that he does not anticipate a further teardown of the roster.

This offseason the Rays have traded Evan Longoria, Jake Odorizzi, Steven Souza, and Brad Boxberger, and they also designated Corey Dickerson for assignment last weekend, but that may be the end of the subtractions for a while. "Extremely unlikely," said Neander when asked about the possibility of spring training trades involving Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, or Alex Colome. "Our focus at this point is we'd like to add a little bit. We're not looking to pull this thing back." Archer has drawn reported interest from the Cardinals, Phillies, Brewers, and Twins, among others, but the asking price is thought to be sky high on the 29-year-old right-hander, who is due just $6.4 million in 2018 and $7.6 million in 2019 with affordable club options for both 2020 and 2021.
Feb 21 - 1:02 AM

Rays acquired LHP Anthony Banda from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade.

Tampa Bay also got second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees and two players to be named later from Arizona. Banda posted a disappointing 5.96 ERA and 25/10 K/BB ratio over his 25 2/3 major league innings (four starts, four relief appearances) last season, but the 24-year-old left-hander was ranked a top-100 prospect by Baseball America one year ago and he has posted good numbers as a starter in the minor leagues. Banda will presumably compete for an Opening Day rotation spot in Rays camp this spring.
Feb 20 - 7:47 PM

Rays acquired 2B Nick Solak from the Yankees as part of a three-team trade.

Solak, a second-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Tennessee, slashed .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 130 games last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the 23-year-old will report to the major league side of Rays camp and join the competition for the starting second base job.
Feb 20 - 7:43 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are in the process of acquiring Yankees second base prospect Nick Solak.

The return is unknown, but Solak is a fairly well-regarded prospect, so this could be part of something big. The 23-year-old hit .297/.384/.452 with 12 homers and 14 stolen bases in 130 games last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He was a second-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Louisville.
Feb 20 - 6:27 PM

Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star writes that it is "unlikely" the Royals will sign free agent Logan Morrison.

Morrison is a Kansas City native and the Royals have been tied to him at various points this offseason, but it doesn't sound like the 30-year-old slugger is a serious consideration at this juncture. "We’ve always admired his ability," Royals GM Dayton Moore said of Morrison on Tuesday. "But again, I go back to the economic part of it. That’s very real to us. That’s very real." Maybe if the asking price falls further this story could change. Morrison posted a career-best .868 OPS, 38 homers, and 85 RBI over 149 games with the Rays in 2017.
Feb 20 - 5:01 PM

Daniel Hudson (ankle) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Hudson sprained his right ankle while running last week, but he's back on track now. Hudson turns 31 in March and is coming off a 4.38 ERA and 66/33 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings in 2017. He figures to pitch in a set-up capacity this year.
Feb 20 - 11:18 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that he plans to use a four-man rotation through mid-May.

The fifth spot will come up a couple times before then, but the Rays will start a reliever in those games. Matt Andriese is pegged as the No. 5 starter following the trade of Jake Odorizzi, but he will work in a long relief role initially.
Feb 18 - 12:19 PM


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