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Rays acquired RHP Cole Sulser from the Indians as part of a three-team trade.

Sulser registered a 3.86 ERA and 95/17 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings of relief this past season between Double-A and Triple-A. The ability to miss bats could put him in the conversation for a spot in the Rays' bullpen at some point in 2019. The 28-year-old right-hander was a 25th-round pick of the Indians back in 2013.
Dec 13 - 1:29 PM

Rays acquired 3B Yandy Diaz from the Indians as part of a three-team trade.

Diaz is the centerpiece for Tampa Bay in this somewhat convoluted swap. The 27-year-old posted an impressive .312/.375/.422 batting line over 120 plate appearances with the Indians in 2018, though his defense at third base has been iffy at times and it's a little unclear at the moment how he fits into the Rays' plans for 2018. They probably have other moves in the works.
Dec 13 - 1:19 PM

Rays signed C Anthony Bemboom to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bemboom, who turns 29 next month, hit .232/.339/.351 with five homers at Triple-A in the Rockies organization last season. He's merely organizational depth.
Nov 26 - 6:42 PM

Rays sent LHP Hoby Milner outright to Triple-A Durham.

Milner passed through waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old appeared in 14 games in the majors this year between the Rays and Phillies. Assuming he accepts his minor league assignment, he'll provide bullpen depth going into 2019.
Nov 26 - 2:16 PM

The Rays have hired Rodney Linares as their new third base coach.

Linares had been a coach and manager in the Astros organization. He's replacing Matt Quatraro, who was promoted to bench coach after Charlie Montoyo left to become the Blue Jays' new manager.
Nov 21 - 11:07 AM

Rays purchased the contract of LHP Brock Burke from Triple-A Durham.

Burke was a third-round pick in 2014, and he took a big step forward after his promotion to Double-A Montgomery with a 1.95 ERA and 71/14 K/BB ratio over his 55 1/3 innings with the Biscuits. He could compete for a job in the rotation -- assuming the Rays are actually going with a rotation at that time -- in 2020.
Nov 20 - 8:57 PM

Rays purchased the contract of LHP Kyle Bird from Triple-A Durham.

Bird, 25, pitched well after his promotion to Triple-A last year; registering a 1.94 ERA over 55 2/3 innings. He has started and relieved in his time with the Rays' organization, so he could be a swing-man for Tampa Bay at some point next season.
Nov 20 - 8:54 PM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Ian Gibaut from Triple-A Durham.

Gibaut, 25, was exceptional in Triple-A last year with a 2.09 ERA and 14 saves over 56 innings accumulated over 48 appearances. He has a lights-out change and can get his fastball up to 96 mph with life, so he has a real chance to be a part of the Tampa Bay bullpen soon.
Nov 20 - 8:51 PM

Rays purchased the contract of OF Joe McCarthy from Triple-A Durham.

McCarthy is now protected from the Rule 5 draft. A fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Virginia, McCarthy has shown a quality approach at the plate, and he offers a bit of pop from the left side with some versatility; as hes a terrific defender at first and competent defender on the corners. He's a future bench bat, most likely.
Nov 20 - 8:49 PM

Rays purchased the contract of OF Jesus Sanchez from Triple-A Durham.

Sanchez is one of the top prospects in the system, but struggled to a .214 average after his promotion to Double-A Montgomery. Still, the 21-year-old has a chance to hit for both average and power from the left side of the plate, and it wouldn't be a huge upset if he saw some time with the Rays in 2019. The 2020 season is a more likely ETA, however.
Nov 20 - 8:47 PM

Rays designated LHP Hoby Milner for assignment.

Milner, 27, was an up-and-down player for the Rays after being acquired by the Phillies for cash considerations in July. The left-hander will likely serve as bullpen depth for someone, possibly the Rays if he goes unclaimed and he reports to Triple-A Durham.
Nov 20 - 8:45 PM

Rays outrighted RHP Jose Mujica to Triple-A Durham.

Mujica was added back to the 40-man roster on November 2, but it was just a procedural move as the right-hander is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will be sidelined until 2020.
Nov 20 - 8:42 PM

Rays acquired INF Gionti Turner from the Indians for RHP Chih-Wei Hu.

Turner, 18, was a 27th-round pick for Cleveland earlier this year. He batted .296/.348/.396 with one homer and nine steals over 46 games in rookie ball during his first stint in the pro ball. He's an interesting lottery ticket as the Rays trim their 40-man roster.
Nov 19 - 11:11 AM

Blake Snell was named the winner of the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.

Snell pitched just 180 2/3 total innings in 2018, a much smaller number than fellow finalists Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber, but the 25-year-old Tampa Bay left-hander still managed a league-high 21 wins and 221 strikeouts alongside a stellar 1.89 ERA. Snell received 17 of the 30 first-place votes. Verlander got the other 13 for his third career second-place finish. He won the award in 2011.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 14 - 6:21 PM

Rays signed LHP Ryan Merritt to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Merritt spent the entire 2018 season at Triple-A Columbus, where he posted a 3.79 ERA, 1.178 WHIP, and 52/2 K/BB ratio in 13 starts and two relief appearances covering 71 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old southpaw's elite control could lead him back to the majors with the Rays in 2019. He put up an impressive 1.71 ERA in 31 2/3 innings with the Indians between 2016-2017.
Nov 13 - 11:39 PM


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