Player News - Rays

Date: Team: Pos:

Rays signed RHP Shawn Tolleson to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Tolleson flamed out last season after beginning the year as the Rangers' closer and ultimately finished with an ugly 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances. However, he posted a 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts over 144 innings with Texas from 2014-15, making him a solid bounce-back candidate on a cheap deal.
Jan 23 - 7:24 PM

Rays acquired RHP Jose De Leon from the Dodgers in exchange for 2B Logan Forsythe.

The Rays have been excellent over the years at acquiring talented, cost-controlled young starting pitching and they've landed another one in De Leon. One of the top pitching prospects in the game, De Leon struggled in his brief audition with the Dodgers last season but has put up sub-3.00 ERAs and gaudy strikeout totals in the minors the last three campaigns. The Rays figure to keep him in the minors for a while to start 2017, but he should be in their rotation at some point in the upcoming season.
Jan 23 - 7:14 PM

Corey Dickerson said Monday that he has dropped 25 pounds.

Dickerson told reporters that he hopes the weight loss will help his running, swinging, and throwing. The 27-year-old outfielder posted a disappointing .761 OPS in 148 games last season with the Rays, after managing an .879 OPS in 265 games with the Rockies between 2013-2015. Look for better all-around play from Dickerson in 2017. He'll be a late-round flier in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jan 23 - 11:42 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is hearing the Rays could trade Jake Odorizzi before the start of spring training.

Even after shipping Drew Smyly to the Mariners, the Rays still have a surplus of arms and could move one of them in the near future. Cafardo believes it's unlikely the Rays would move either Chris Archer or Alex Cobb, leaving Odorizzi as the most likely trade candidate. Odorizzi enjoyed one of his best seasons last year, logging a 3.69 ERA over a career-high 187 2/3 innings.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 21 - 7:18 PM

J.P. Arencibia has announced his retirement from baseball.

Arencibia, 31, spent last season at the Triple-A level between the Rays and Phillies while batting .241/.269/.420 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI over 90 games. Known for his power and non-existent plate discipline, Arencibia will finish with a .212/.258/.412 career batting line and 80 homers in 467 games in stops with the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Rays. Arencibia homered on the first pitch he saw in the majors back in 2010 and became the first player since 1900 to have a pair of home runs and four hits in his major league debut. However, his flawed approach didn't lead to success often enough for him to maintain a significant role in the majors.
Jan 18 - 2:27 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are finalizing a deal with free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson.

It's likely a non-guaranteed minor league contract or a low-base one-year deal. Tolleson, 28, posted a dreadful 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances for the Rangers last season and was removed from their 40-man roster in October. He did put up a 2.88 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 144 innings with Texas between 2014-2015.
Jan 17 - 5:50 PM

Jake Odorizzi requested $4.1 million and was offered $3.825 million by the Rays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

It's the first year that Odorizzi is eligible for arbitration and he'll see a sizable raise either way over the $520,700 that he earned in 2016. MLBTradeRumors.com had projected the 26-year-old hurler to earn $4.6 million through the arbitration process.
Jan 13 - 8:13 PM

Rays and RHP Brad Boxberger avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

Boxberger had an awful 2016 both from an injury and performance perspective, but at least he still gets a nice little raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll set up for Alex Colome in 2017.
Jan 13 - 5:27 PM

Rays and INF Brad Miller avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.575 million contract.

It was Miller's first year of arbitration eligibility. He slugged a career-high 30 home runs for the Rays last season and will enter 2017 as the club's starter at first base.
Jan 13 - 2:39 PM

Rays and RHP Danny Farquhar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 player. Farquhar held a 3.06 ERA over 35 appearances in 2016.
Jan 13 - 2:36 PM

Rays and RHP Alex Cobb avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

He's getting only a small raise after he missed nearly all of last season while working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Cobb will be going into his walk year in 2017.
Jan 13 - 2:35 PM

Rays and RHP Erasmo Ramirez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.125 million contract.

It's a nice raise for Ramirez in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Ramirez pitched almost exclusively in relief in 2016 but could move back into Tampa's rotation in 2017 following the trade of Drew Smyly.
Jan 13 - 2:30 PM

Rays and OF Corey Dickerson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.025 million contract.

It's the first time Dickerson has been eligible for salary arbitration. He batted .245/.293/.469 with 24 home runs in his first season with the Rays.
Jan 13 - 12:16 PM

Rays and INF Tim Beckham avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $885,000 contract.

The infielder was arbitration-eligible for the first time. Beckham is a career .238/.288/.431 hitter across parts of three big league seasons for the Rays.
Jan 13 - 11:04 AM

Rays and OF Kevin Kiermaier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.975 million contract.

The Gold Glover was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so he's getting a sizable raise. Kiermaier batted .246/.331/.410 with 12 homers and 21 steals for the Rays in 2016.
Jan 13 - 11:01 AM


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