Player News - Rays

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' trade talks with the Rays "appear to have centered on" Chris Archer rather than Alex Colome.

Colome has been connected to the Cards often this winter, but it sounds like Archer was actually more of interest to them among Rays pitchers. Of course, Archer is also going to cost a bunch more in a trade and there's been no indication that the two clubs have ever been close to a deal. Archer is owed just $34 million over the next four seasons.
Jan 14 - 3:07 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' interest in trading for Alex Colome was "overstated."

Goold says that the Cards "didn't see (Colome) as (a) closer" and that their trade talks with the Rays, at least from St. Louis' perspective, appeared to center more on Chris Archer. This comes on the heels of president of baseball operations John Mozeliak saying Saturday that the team is content entering the season with Luke Gregerson as their closer. It appears the Cardinals might be done shopping for bullpen help.
Jan 14 - 12:07 PM

Adeiny Hechavarria requested $5.9 million and was offered $5.35 million by the Rays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This is his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. The slick-fielding shortstop batted .261/.289/.406 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 97 games for the Marlins and Rays last year. He will be a free agent after the upcoming season.
Jan 12 - 9:46 PM

Jake Odorizzi requested $6.3 million and was offered $6.05 million by the Rays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Odorizzi is second-year arbitration eligible. He went 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts with the Rays last year. He punched out 127 batters in 143 1/3 innings.
Jan 12 - 8:24 PM

Rays and INF Matt Duffy avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $930,000 contract.

Duffy was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. He missed the entire 2017 campaign while recovering from dual surgeries to repair his left Achilles.
Jan 12 - 3:09 PM

Rays and INF Brad Miller avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Miller was arbitration-eligible for the second time. He sported a disappointing .201/.327/.337 batting line in 2017.
Jan 12 - 3:08 PM

Rays and C Jesus Sucre avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $925,000 contract.

Sucre was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He batted .256/.289/.409 with seven dingers for the Rays in 2017.
Jan 12 - 3:07 PM

Rays and LHP Dan Jennings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.375 million contract.

Jennings was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The southpaw posted a 3.45 ERA across 77 relief appearances for the White Sox and Rays last season.
Jan 12 - 3:06 PM

Rays and OF Steven Souza avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.

It's his first year of arbitration eligibility. Souza put up a .239/.351/.459 batting line with 30 homers and 16 steals in 2017.
Jan 12 - 1:41 PM

Rays and OF Corey Dickerson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.95 million contract.

It was Dickerson's second year of arbitration eligibility. He's popped 51 home runs over the last two seasons for the Rays.
Jan 12 - 1:08 PM

Rays and RHP Alex Colome avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million contract.

It's a huge salary increase for Colome, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He led all of baseball with 47 saves last season.
Jan 12 - 1:06 PM

Matt Duffy (heel) expects to carry a clean bill of health into the 2018 season.

Duffy missed the entire 2017 campaign while recovering from dual surgeries to repair his left Achilles tendon. "I’m just finally to the point where I’m not worried at all. No anxiety," the 26-year-old infielder told MLB.com. "I'm much more relaxed. That's translated to better swings, my fielding and all aspects. I feel quicker and more consistent." Duffy could take over as the Rays' new starting third baseman this year following the offseason trade of Evan Longoria. He also has experience at shortstop and second base.
Source: Rays.mlb.com
Jan 8 - 10:33 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Mets are open to the idea of adding a veteran first baseman like Logan Morrison or Adam Lind.

The club still plans to give Dominic Smith an opportunity to win the starting gig at first base, but it sounds like they want to give him some competition. Morrison is coming off of a career-year with the Rays where he blasted 38 home runs, and could be priced out of the Mets' range.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 6 - 8:01 AM

David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago said on the network's Cubs Talk Podcast on Thursday that Alex Cobb rejected a three-year, $42 million offer from the Cubs this offseason.

Kaplan hears that Cobb was "interested" in the offer but was convinced by his agent to turn it down. It's unclear when the offer was extended, but Kaplan says the Cubs would put it back on the table "in a second" if Cobb has a change of heart. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has reported that Cobb "is believed to be willing to sign in the four-year, $70 million range," which is a bit less than the $20 million AAV he reportedly had been seeking. The Orioles, Cardinals, Rangers, Yankees and Brewers are other clubs that have been connected to Cobb.
Jan 5 - 5:13 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers are among the teams that have shown interest in Alex Cobb.

Morosi reports that the Brewers have spoken to Cobb recently, but that the Cubs are still considered among the favorites to land the right-handed starter. Earlier this month, it was reported that Cobb's asking price was around $20 million a year; an asking price that has had some teams soften their interest in the 30-year-old starter. While the asking price could be steep, there's no denying that he'd be an upgrade to the rotation, and could help them close the gap with the Cubs in the National League Central.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 03:36:00 PM


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