Player News - Rays

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.

It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy.
Dec 12 - 10:29 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are moving toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Gelb adds that the Phillies do not have a deal in place with Addison Reed, contrary to multiple reports. It sounds like their primary target was Hunter all along. The 31-year-old right-hander registered an excellent 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it'll be a two-year deal.
Dec 12 - 8:32 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Tommy Hunter has either signed with the Astros or Dodgers.

Topkin received that information from a source with a "non-involved" team. Hunter, 31, posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017, holding opposing hitters to a stingy .202/.254/.333 batting line. There should be something official soon.
Dec 12 - 7:30 PM

Logan Morrison is among the options the Indians will consider if they fail to retain Carlos Santana, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Bringing back Santana is their top priority, but there are a number of alternatives in the event that it doesn't happen. Matt Adams, Lucas Duda, Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland, and Mark Reynolds are some of the first base-types on the market. Morrison, 30, slugged a career-high 38 homers in 2017 while putting up a .246/.353/.516 batting line.
Dec 12 - 3:35 PM

Rays acquired INF Ryan Schimpf from the Padres for INF Deion Tansel.

Schimpf hit just .158 with a .284 on-base percentage in 53 games with the Padres this past season, but he put up 14 homers and a .424 slugging percentage. The 29-year-old strikes out a ton and hits the ball in the air more than anyone, so putting up a decent batting average will be a struggle, but there's no doubting his power. The Rays are willing to take a chance to see where he could fit.
Dec 12 - 1:44 PM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there's "some industry chatter" that the Angels could emerge as a potential match for Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

The Angels are known to be considering third base options, including free agent Mike Moustakas. Longoria has been linked to the Cardinals in recent weeks, but he'll surely draw interest from other clubs if the Rays truly intend to shop him. The 32-year-old is owed $86 million through 2022 and $94 million if an option is exercised for 2023.
Dec 12 - 8:47 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tommy Hunter is on the Mets' radar.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first connected Hunter to the Mets earlier Monday and Newsday's Marc Carig has said the reliever is a "prime target" for the team. It sounds like something could come together quickly between the two sides. Hunter had a nice bounce-back season with the Rays in 2017, posting a 2.61 ERA and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings.
Dec 11 - 8:29 PM

Rays acquired INF Joey Wendle from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash.

Wendle had been designated for assignment. Slated to turn 28 in April, Wendle has batted .266/.305/.339 over 118 plate appearances in the majors across the last two seasons. He'll compete for a bench job in Tampa.
Dec 11 - 5:29 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that Logan Morrison is a possibility for the Angels.

It's an interesting fit, as the Angels plan to give Shohei Otani chances out of the DH spot, which would push Albert Pujols to first base on some days. The Angels also have C.J. Cron in-house, though it's possible he could become trade bait. Morrison amassed a career-best 38 homers in 2017 while batting .246/.353/.516 in 149 games.
Dec 11 - 12:28 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have expressed interest in free agent reliver Steve Cishek.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post previously indicated that the Mets could pivot from the top-tier relievers to a group which includes Cishek, Tommy Hunter, and Anthony Swarzak. Cishek posted a stingy 2.01 ERA and 41/14 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings this year between the Rays and Mariners.
Dec 11 - 12:21 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are more likely to target relievers like Tommy Hunter, Steve Cishek, and Anthony Swarzak.

In other words, the Mets don't want to give a three-year deal to the top-of-the-market options like Addison Reed and Bryan Shaw. Instead, Sherman hears that the Mets would prefer to follow what the Cubs did with Brandon Morrow and give two years with a higher annual average value. Hunter, Cishek, and Swarzak aren't big names, but they are all coming off excellent seasons.
Dec 11 - 11:21 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Mets have inquired on Rays closer Alex Colome.

Topkin mentions the Mets alongside the Cardinals and Rockies as teams that are "hot" for the 29-year-old right-hander. The feeling is that the Cubs could also be involved. The Mets might be hesitant to give big money to relievers in free agency, but their farm system isn't very strong. The Rays will likely be able to do better elsewhere.
Dec 11 - 10:47 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals and Rockies are "aggressively pursuing" Rays closer Alex Colome via trade.

The Rays are known to be shopping various players on their roster and the Cardinals and Rockies are widely expected to add a closer, so it wouldn't be surprising if there was a match here. Interest should reach well beyond these two clubs, as well. Colome led the majors with 47 saves this past season and owns a 2.63 ERA over the past two seasons. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Dec 11 - 8:13 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs "seem focused on" Alex Cobb to round out their rotation.

The Cubs already added Tyler Chatwood, but they still have one rotation spot to fill with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey expected to depart via free agency. New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey was Cobb's pitching coach with the Rays, so it's easy to see the connection here. The right-hander is also drawing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles.
Dec 10 - 12:38 PM

CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine said the Cubs are "continuing their strong push to sign free agent right-hander Alex Cobb."

Levine says the link between the two is a poorly-kept secret, with former Rays and new Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey knowing Cobb well. The Cubs also have a defined need, with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey likely gone. The Cubs aren't the only club with interest in the 30-year-old, as he's widely viewed as one of the better free agent starters available this winter. Some movement could come at next week's Winter Meetings.
Source: CBS Chicago
Dec 9 - 8:57 PM

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