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Matt Moore (elbow) threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery.

The session went off without a hitch. Moore went under the knife last April and the Rays plan to bring him along cautiously, not expecting him to rejoin the rotation until June. He's a risky fantasy investment for 2015.
Jan 27 - 9:23 PM

Jake McGee played catch Monday for the first time since his December elbow surgery.

It was arthroscopic surgery, not Tommy John, so McGee is on track to join the Rays' bullpen around late April or early May. The 28-year-old left-hander had a spectacular 2014 season and should reclaim ninth-inning duties soon after he is activated. Kevin Jepsen, Brad Boxberger, and Ernesto Frieri are the fill-in candidates at closer.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times thinks the Rays could give prospect Tim Beckham a "long look" at shortstop in spring.

Beckham is a former No. 1 overall pick who struggled early in his professional career and suffered a torn ACL prior to the 2014 season. The soon-to-be 25-year-old recovered near the end of last year and should be healthy heading into spring training. With a lack of better options -- Asdrubal Cabrera isn't a great defensive shortstop, and the club recently dealt Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist -- there's a real chance Beckham could win the job with a strong showing in camp.
Jan 17 - 10:57 PM

Rays re-signed C Mayo Acosta to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Acosta, 27, batted just .133/.215/.193 in 30 games for Triple-A Durham last season. He's merely organizational depth.
Jan 16 - 3:41 PM

Rays signed LHP Everett Teaford to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Teaford spent last season in Korea, posting a 5.24 ERA. He's a long shot to win a bullpen spot this spring.
Jan 16 - 3:38 PM

Rays and LHP Drew Smyly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.65 million contract.

He'll have a chance to earn a bit more through incentives. Smyly put up a 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 133/42 K/BB ratio for the Tigers and Rays last season and will be an integral part of Tampa's rotation again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 2:07 PM

Rays and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

He can earn $200,000 more through incentives. Rivera had a mini-breakout for the Padres in 2014 and is set to serve as the Rays' regular catcher after arriving in Tampa in last month's three-team trade.
Jan 16 - 1:50 PM

Rays and RHP Alex Cobb avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract.

It's a well-earned raise for Cobb, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He'll enter the 2015 campaign as the Rays' ace after posting a 2.87 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 149/47 K/BB ratio over 166 1/3 innings last season.
Jan 16 - 1:49 PM

Rays and LHP Jake McGee avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.

McGee was arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason. The left-hander will eventually re-take the Rays' closer job once he returns from elbow surgery early on in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:47 PM

Rays and C/DH John Jaso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million contract.

It was Jaso's final year of arbitration eligibility. He's slated to serve mainly as a designated hitter for the Rays after coming over from the A's via trade last week.
Jan 16 - 1:43 PM

Rays and INF Logan Forsythe avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Forsythe hit just .223/.287/.329 with six homers and 26 RBI in 110 games in 2014 and is slated for a utility role in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:29 PM

Rays and RHP Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.025 million contract.

Jepsen was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He'll work in a middle relief role for the Rays in 2015 after coming over from the Angels in a trade last month.
Jan 16 - 12:48 PM

Rays and OF Desmond Jennings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

He'll get an extra $25,000 if he reaches 550 plate appearances. It's a nice raise for Jennings, who was in his first season of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old hit a disappointing .244/.319/.378 last season and saw his year end prematurely due to a knee ailment. He'll be the Rays' center fielder again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 9:59 AM

Matt Moore (elbow) is slated to start throwing off the mound in the last week of January.

Moore underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in late April last year. The young southpaw hasn't had any setbacks in his rehab thus far and hopes to rejoin the Rays' rotation in June.
Jan 14 - 3:49 PM

Jake McGee says his recovery from elbow surgery is going well and that he could be back earlier than originally anticipated.

McGee underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body from his elbow about a month ago. The Rays haven't committed to a specific timetable, but the 28-year-old believes a return in April is possible. Tampa Bay will likely rely on a committee at closer while he's sidelined, with Brad Boxberger and Ernesto Frieri in the mix.
Jan 13 - 12:25 PM


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