Player News - Rays

Date: Team: Pos:

Rays selected RHP Ty Hensley from the Yankees in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Hensley needed a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past May and probably won't be recovered until the second half of the 2017 season. The former first-round pick (30th overall, 2012) does have some intriguing minor league numbers, but a full bounceback will obviously be a big chore.
Dec 8 - 11:09 AM

Rays selected RHP Kevin Gadea from the Mariners with the No. 4 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Gadea held a promising 2.36 ERA, 1.019 WHIP, and 95/14 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this summer between the rookie-level Arizona League and the Low-A Midwest League. The 22-year-old right-hander could compete for a spot in Tampa Bay's bullpen next spring. He has been used primarily as a starter in the lower minors.
Dec 8 - 9:34 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals have talked with the Rays about a potential Alex Colome trade.

The Nationals are on the lookout for a closer and Colome would certainly fit the bill, as he put up a 1.97 ERA with 37 saves and a 71/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season. But the cost is going to be considerable. The 27-year-old Colome isn't even eligible for arbitration yet.
Dec 7 - 2:22 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rays are not hearing what they want for right-hander Chris Archer.

At this stage, the Rays are much more likely to move either Alex Cobb or Drew Smyly. Archer has a very reasonable contract with a pair of club options for 2019 and 2020, so the Rays don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move him. They can wait if the offers aren't blowing them away.
Dec 6 - 9:46 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are "getting a lot of hits" on Alex Cobb.

The Rangers are one club known to be in on Cobb. Heyman notes that plenty of teams are interested in Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, as well. Cobb put up a disappointing 8.59 ERA over five starts late last season for the Rays after making his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he should be much better in 2017 as he's further removed from the operation. Cobb will be a free agent after next season.
Dec 5 - 8:54 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers have talked to the Rays about Alex Cobb.

It's a fit that makes sense, as the Rangers are in the market for pitching and have been connected to a few Rays starters dating back to the trade deadline. Cobb put up an ugly 8.59 ERA over five starts late last season for the Rays after returning from Tommy John surgery, but he should be better equipped for success in 2017. It will be his contract year.
Dec 5 - 5:13 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that if the Braves trade for a top starter, Chris Archer is the "most likely" target.

It's been reported that the Braves are one of the main suitors for Chris Sale, but Bowman says the White Sox are insisting on Dansby Swanson being included in any deal and the Braves consider that a non-starter. That said, it doesn't sound like Atlanta is close to anything on Archer, either, with Bowman adding that so far "the Rays' ask far exceeds the Braves' comfort zone." It could all be posturing at this point, of course.
Dec 4 - 2:11 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are looking to add a top-tier starting pitcher.

The offseason is young, but the Astros have already made improvements to their lineup by adding Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick. Now the Astros are going for the jugular by trying to add a top starting pitcher. Chris Archer is one of the pitchers they covet (Chris Sale is also on their short list), though the sense around Tampa Bay is that the Rays aren't eager to trade their best arm. The Astros have the pieces to pull off a big trade and Heyman speculates that Alex Bregman could be part of a return package for an ace like Archer or Sale.
Dec 3 - 8:49 PM

Rays non-tendered INF Ryan Brett.

The 25-year-old infielder missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal.
Dec 3 - 10:15 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Matt Duffy is "very much ahead of schedule" in his recovery from Achilles surgery.

Typical manager-speak, but Duffy is out of his walking boot and the expectation is that he will be ready for spring training. He projects to open as the Rays' starting shortstop in 2017 after batting .258/.310/.357 with five homers and eight steals in 91 games this summer between San Francisco and Tampa Bay. Better health would obviously yield better fantasy results. He has it in him to carry deep-league value.
Dec 1 - 3:49 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Steven Souza (hip) is expected to be 100 percent for spring training.

Souza underwent surgery in September for a left hip impingement, after posting a disappointing .247/.303/.409 batting line with 17 homers and 49 RBI in 120 games this summer for the Rays. He's setting up as a decent late-round gamble for fantasy drafts in 2017.
Dec 1 - 3:36 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers have interest in Logan Forsythe.

Forsythe would fit in nicely at second base, where the Dodgers now have an opening with both Chase Utley and Howie Kendrick no longer around. Worth noting is that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is the one who dealt for Forsythe when he was with the Rays and he also reportedly had interest in him at this past season's trade deadline. Forsythe is under team control through 2018.
Nov 20 - 1:39 PM

Rays purchased the contract of LHP Jose Alvarado from High-A Charlotte.

The 21-year-old southpaw appeared in 37 games between Class-A Bowling Green and High-A Charlotte in 2016, posting a 3.06 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 55/24 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings.
Nov 19 - 12:29 AM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Hunter Wood from Double-A Montgomery.

The 23-year-old hurler is now protected from the Rule 5 draft. Wood was terrific in 2016, compiling a 2.39 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 105/44 K/BB ratio over 113 innings between High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery.
Nov 19 - 12:26 AM

Rays acquired 1B Dalton Kelly and RHPs Dylan Thompson and Andrew Kittredge from the Mariners for INFs Richie Shaffer and Taylor Motter.

The 22-year-old was a 38th round selection of the Mariners from the 2015 draft. He spent the 2016 campaign with Class-A Clinton, slashing .293/.384/.416 with seven homers, 58 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 130 games.
Nov 18 - 7:11 PM


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