Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:46:49 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays have designated RP Juan Oviedo for assignment, in order to clear space for SP Jeremy Hellickson on the 25-man roster.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:28:26 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Jake McGee struck out two in a perfect inning for his second save in the first game of a doubleheader Friday, June 27.
Fantasy Tip: Joel Peralta hasn't pitched in four days, and Juan Oviedo has had two days off. McGee started the inning facing a lefty, but this could mean he has traction in the closer committee.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:19:13 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Grant Balfour pitched his best outing of the season Thursday, June 19, according to manager Joe Madden. Madden said Balfour could return to the closer role organically, but it will not be orchestrated.
Fantasy Tip: The Rays have a lot invested in Balfour, so his strong outing is encouraging for him getting more save opportunities. Jake McGee and Juan Oviedo have recorded the team's last two saves and are worth roster spots if you are chasing saves.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:16:51 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Juan Oviedo recorded his first save Monday, June 16. He allowed a home run in the outing but secured a 5-4 win.
Fantasy Tip: We like Jake McGee more in the closer role, but his left-handed status and youth may be holding Joe Maddon back. Pick up Oviedo if you need saves.
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:01:03 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Tampa Bay Rays don't have a set closer, according to manager Joe Maddon. He will reach to game situations, meaning anyone, including deposed closer Grant Balfour, could be called upon.
Fantasy Tip: Balfour is expected to regain the job if he does well in the coming weeks. He should be retained in most leagues. For now, it's an annoying cluster likely led by Joel Peralta and Jake McGee.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:59:43 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon changed his tune Monday, June 9, and said the team will now go with a closer-by-committee. RP Grant Balfour and the rest of the relievers will be involved.
Fantasy Tip: Joel Peralta and Jake McGee are the main candidates to receive opportunities to close out games now, but Brad Boxberger, Cesar Ramos and Juan Oviedo might see a chance or two, as well. Peralta should be your first target if you're still searching for saves, then McGee.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:02:41 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said RP Grant Balfour is his closer for now after Balfour allowed five runs in the ninth inning Sunday, June 8.
Fantasy Tip: Jake McGee and Juan Oviedo could get a shot in the near future, and save speculators should take notice.
Fri, 02 May 2014 14:59:03 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RPs Grant Balfour and Jake McGee will both be unavailable to pitch Friday, May 2. RPs Juan Oviedo or Joel Peralta will be used in a save situation.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:21:29 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned P C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A Durham to make room for RP Juan Oviedo (elbow) who is coming off the disabled list.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:51 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said it may not be another week until RP Juan Oviedo (elbow) is ready to come off the disabled list.