Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays

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Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

The Rays needed some space on the 40-man roster following the three-team deal with the Padres and Nationals. Gomes, 30, holds a 4.17 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 108 career relief innings. He could draw some interest on waivers.
Dec 19 - 12:58 PM

Rays acquired LHP Travis Ott from the Nationals in the Wil Myers trade.

A 25th-round pick in 2013, Ott holds a 3.96 ERA with 77 strikeouts over 84 pro innings. The left-hander is just 19 and is a lottery ticket addition by the Rays.
Dec 19 - 12:48 PM

Rays acquired 1B Jake Bauers from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

A seventh-round pick in the 2013 Draft, Bauers has hit .292/.366/.402 with nine homers over his first 655 professional plate appearances. The Rays obviously likely the on-base skills, but he'll need to show more power before being considered a real prospect at first base.
Dec 19 - 12:46 PM

Rays acquired RHP Burch Smith from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

Smith had a lost year in 2014 due to forearm issues, but he boasts a career 3.71 ERA with 246 strikeouts over 228 1/3 innings in the minors. If healthy, he could find his way into the Rays' rotation in short order.
Dec 19 - 12:43 PM

Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays.
Dec 19 - 12:41 PM

Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

The Rays are gambling that they're not going to see much, if any, of a fall-off in production in right field in going from Myers to Souza. A late bloomer, Souza batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 96 Triple-A games last season. Many aren't as high on him as the Rays apparently are, but he definitely holds sleeper appeal from a fantasy perspective.
Dec 19 - 12:38 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that neither Ben Zobrist nor Evan Longoria have been part of the Rays' trade discussions.

The Rays are looking at Nationals' outfielder Steven Souza as they work to complete a trade of Wil Myers to the Padres, but for the time being, it seems that they are more likely to trade out of prospect depth than they are to trade from their stable of major league talent. Longoria is the face of the franchise and while the Rays have shown a willingness to move any talent in the right deal, it would probably take quite a bit to bid farewell to their perennial All Star.
Dec 17 - 2:01 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from sources that the Nationals are not targeting INF/OF Ben Zobrist in a potential trade with the Rays.

The Rays are showing interest in outfield prospect Steven Souza. While Zobrist would fit a positional need, Sherman reported that he had been told that the Nationals and Rays are looking at options that don't include the versatile infielder. The Rays picked up Zobrist's option in late October, but it's likely that they'll be open to moving him at some point given that he is set to hit the free agent market next winter.
Dec 17 - 1:52 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that if the Rays trade Wil Myers to the Padres, they would then target Nationals' OF Steven Souza.

Souza hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 home runs in 357 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse. He also stole 26 bases. In order to acquire the speedy slugger, the Rays would flip one or more of the prospects they received in the proposed Myers-to-Padres deal.
Dec 17 - 1:40 PM

Jake McGee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow last Friday and is expected to begin the 2015 season on the disabled list.

Ouch. McGee had a loose body removed from the elbow and the Rays won't have a clear timetable on his return until the spring. It's too bad, as the 28-year-old is coming off an excellent season where he posted a 1.89 ERA with 19 saves and a 90/16 K/BB ratio over 71 1/3 innings. The Rays figure to give Ernesto Frieri a shot at the closer role to begin 2015, but Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen could also be in the mix.

Rays acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Angels for OF/DH Matt Joyce.

Jepsen is coming off a career-best season where he posted a 2.63 ERA and 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings across 74 appearances. MLB Trade Rumors projects that he'll make around $2.6 million in 2015, his final year of arbitration eligibility. The 30-year-old should be a useful addition for the back-end of the bullpen for Tampa Bay.
Dec 16 - 2:38 PM

Rays signed INF/OF Eugenio Velez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Velez, 32, spent last season at Triple-A with the Brewers, hitting .309/.363/.441 with seven homers and 27 steals. He hasn't played in the majors since 2011.
Dec 12 - 5:17 PM

Rays signed C Bobby Wilson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Wilson, 31, spent almost all of last season at Triple-A with the Diamondbacks, batting .267/.324/.341 with three homers over 76 games. He's merely organizational depth.
Dec 12 - 5:15 PM

Rays acquired RHP Buddy Borden from the Pirates to complete the trade for INF/OF Sean Rodriguez.

A seventh-round pick in 2013, Borden boasts a 2.92 ERA and 145 strikeouts over 144 2/3 innings so far in the low minors. The 22-year-old has a nice fastball but his secondary offerings are lacking, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the higher levels of the minors.
Dec 12 - 4:37 PM

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes that reliever Kevin Jepsen is "in play" in potential trades.

The Angels are searching for a middle infielder at the moment, so one wonders if Jepsen will be dealt as part of the return. The 30-year-old is out of options going into 2015.
Dec 10 - 3:03 PM


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