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Rays | Drew Smyly has schedule mapped out

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:54:35 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Drew Smyly expects to make his first Grapefruit League appearance Tuesday, March 10, or Wednesday, March 11. Smyly did not throw in the bullpen with the rest of his group Wednesday, Feb. 25, but he is "not at all" behind schedule, according to manager Kevin Cash. Cash noted Smyly and pitching coach Jim Hickey have mapped out a personal schedule for Smyly.

Fantasy Tip: Expect Smyly to receive plenty of breakout ink leading into drafts. As a starter, he has a career 3.55 ERA, 7.55 strikeouts per nine, and 2.50 walks per nine, so the hype is warranted. Don't let Smyly slip too far into the middle rounds on draft day.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Adam Berry

Rays | Matt Moore throws off mound

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:58:06 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore (elbow) threw 29 fastballs in a bullpen session that went well Tuesday, Feb. 24. Moore is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is targeting a return sometime in June. Moore also threw changeups off flat ground Tuesday.

Fantasy Tip: Moore will obviously come at an injury discount this year, but he's probably not worth pursuing in standard leagues. However, in very deep mixed leagues, you may want to take a chance on him as a late-round flier if you can stash him in a DL spot. Remember, though, that starters often struggle with velocity and control issues immediately upon returning from TJS, so Moore probably won't be back to peak form until next season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin

Rays | Desmond Jennings healthy, lighter

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:46:46 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (knee), who is noticeably lighter this spring, said the knee injury that he dealt with last year is better. The team has talked of Jennings splitting time between center and left field when OF Kevin Kiermaier plays center field, and Jennings is on board with that plan.

Fantasy Tip: Jennings, 28, posted his lowest career batting average in 2014 (.244) while hitting 10 home runs and stealing 15 bases. His hype has surely fizzled, but he remains valuable for his combination of speed and power at the right price. He's more of a third or fourth outfielder in standard leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin

Rays | Jake Odorizzi adds weight

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:36:43 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi put on 17 pounds in the offseason in order to strengthen his core and base, and he now weighs 197 pounds. "My upper body's not that much different, it's almost all from the waist down," Odorizzi said. "Just more strength for pitching, and more stability. … More body control having a sturdier base." He will stick with a tailored version of the plan this spring to maintain his weight.

Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi went 11-13 with a 4.13 ERA in 31 starts for the Rays last year in his first full season. His WHIP was 1.28 and he had a healthy K/9 of 9.3. There is plenty of upside and value available with Odorizzi, who will be a cheaper version of Alex Cobb later in your mixed league drafts.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin

Rays | Juan Francisco has opt-out clause

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:02:10 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays INF Juan Francisco will earn a base salary of $2 million plus incentives if he makes the 25-man roster. If he does not make the team, he can opt out of his deal on April 5.

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Rays | Middle infield roles are up in the air

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:00:45 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to be an everyday player, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune. Cabrera has experience at both second base and shortstop, and how adept Rays SS Nick Franklin proves to be playing shortstop could determine which position Cabrera fills. Rays 2B Logan Forsythe could platoon, facing left-handed pitchers, at second base with Franklin while also backing up Rays 1B James Loney and Rays 3B Evan Longoria.

Fantasy Tip: Cabrera is a low-end starter at second base or shortstop -- a better fit at middle infield -- in fantasy leagues. Franklin is a late-round flier who could prove capable of starting at the middle infield spot on fantasy teams very early in the season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

Rays | David DeJesus unlikely to remain on roster

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:27:43 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays OF David DeJesus (arm) is fully healthy and is scheduled to make $5 million this year with a $1 million buyout or a $5 million 2016 salary. According to Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times, it's unlikely the club will keep him rather than a second backup infielder.

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Rays | Spencer Edwards suspended 80 games

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:53:56 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays minor league OF Spencer Edwards has been suspended 80 games for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment rogram. Edwards, who spent last season with Class A Bowling Green, tested positive for multiple performance-enhancing substances.

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Rays | Burch Smith may be rotation option

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:18:27 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Burch Smith is considered a dark-horse candidate for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Bill Chastain

Rays | Steven Souza expected to start

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:17:30 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays OF Steven Souza looks to be a strong candidate to start in right field this season and hit in the middle of the batting order.

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Rays | Jake Elmore signs

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:55:07 -0800

Free-agent 2B Jake Elmore (Pirates) signed a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, Feb. 9.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

Rays | More lineup stability for Tampa Bay

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 06:49:49 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash wants to have more stability in his lineups than in past years. The Rays have averaged 137.4 lineups the past five seasons. Cash believes more lineup stability will be better for the players. "We've talked a lot about it with the front office, and they think the same way, too," Cash said. "Maybe it's a little different than what's gone on in the past, but that's our thought, that we're going to roll with this and we'll see if we can provide some stability and get some guys comfortable when they come to the ballpark, they know they're hitting in this slot, and see how that shakes out for a while."

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin

Rays | Matt Moore throws off mound

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 10:43:20 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore (elbow) threw two 15-pitch sessions off a mound earlier this week. He expects to return to the starting rotation in June.

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Rays | Alexi Casilla, Robert Zarate sign

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:35:26 -0800

Free-agent 2B Alexi Casilla (Orioles) and P Robert Zarate signed minor league deals with invites to spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, Feb. 2.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

Rays | Wilson Betemit suspended

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:33:44 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Wilson Betemit was suspended 50 games Monday, Feb. 2, after testing positive for an amphetamine.

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Acosta Mayo C
Adames Willy SS
Albernaz Craig C
Alcala Franklin OF
Ames Jeff P
Andrade Steve P
Andriese Matt P
Apodaca Juan C
Appel Jason OF
Araujo Yoel OF
Archer Chris SP
Arhart Josh C
Armour Brett P
Asanovich Robert 2B
Ayers Kyle P
Bagley James P
Bailey Luke C
Balfour Grant RP
Barnese Nick P
Bateman Joe P
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Bayliss Jonah RP
Bean Colter P
Beckham Jeremy 2B
Beckham Tim SS
Beech Travis 2B
Belisario Ronald RP
Beliveau Jeff RP
Bellatti Andrew P
Belnome Vincent 2B
Betemit Wilson 3B
Biell Dustin OF
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Borden Buddy P
Boxberger Brad RP
Bravo-Carmona Adrian C
Brett Ryan SS
Brock Kenny P
Brophy Kevin P
Brown Corey OF
Bryles Brian OF
Butler Joey OF
Cabrera Asdrubal SS
Carroll Damion P
Carroll Jeffrey INF
Carter Kes OF
Casali Curt C
Casilla Alexi 2B
Chapa Angel P
Chavez Angel INF
Chavez Kevin P
Christian Justin OF
Cipriano Cody INF
Ciuffo Nick C
Cobb Alex SP
Colina Alvin C
Colome Alex SP
Cononie Charles P
Cooper Chad 2B
Cormier Lance RP
Cressend Jack RP
Cromer Jason P
Cruz Joseph P
Darcy Jesse P
Darnell James OF
De La Cruz Chris SS
De Los Santos Richard P
Debarr Nick RP
DeJesus David OF
Della Grotta Robert P
Dettrich Julius P
Dillon Joe INF
Disla Jose P
Dominguez Jose RP
Dykstra Allan 1B
Edwards Ronald C
Edwards Spencer OF
Eldridge Rashad OF
Elmore Jake 2B
Espinosa Sergio P
Estrada Robi INF
Fitzgerald Brian RP
Flanagan Jeremy P
Fleming Marquis P
Flinn Chris P
Fontenot Mike 2B
Forsythe Logan 2B
Francisco Juan 1B
Franklin Nick SS
Frey Evan OF
Frieri Ernesto RP
Frontz Neal P
Fuller Devin P
Furmaniak J.J. INF
Gangi Aaron P
Gannon Nolan P
Garcia Gerardo RP
Garrido Santiago P
Garvin Grayson P
Geltz Steven RP
Gillaspie Casey 1B
Glen William P
Goeddel Tyler 3B
Goetzman Granden OF
Gomes Brandon RP
Gomez Roberto P
Grabowski Jason OF
Greene Charlie C
Guerrieri Taylor P
Guillen Cesar OF
Guyer Brandon OF
Guzman Freddy OF
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Hager Jake SS
Hall J.T. OF
Hall Justin P
Hamren Erik P
Harris Greg P
Harris James OF
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Henderson Brian P
Henning Clayton OF
Henriquez Victor INF
Humphrey Benjamin 1B
Infante Jhancarlos C
Isenia Charion C
Jackson Bralin OF
Jarman Michael P
Jaso John C
Jennings Desmond OF
Jepsen Kevin RP
Johnson Daniel P
Jones Stephen OF
Karns Nathan SP
Kendrick Joshua 1B
Kiermaier Kevin OF
Kline William P
Koronis Alex P
Larson Brandon 3B
Lee Hak-Ju SS
Leonard Patrick 3B
Livingston Bobby P
Lollis Matt P
Loney James 1B
Longoria Evan 3B
Lopez Hector P
Luck Chris P
Mahtook Mikie OF
Maria Erick C
Marinez Jhan RP
Marjama Mike C
Martin Brandon SS
Martinez Gabby SS
Mason Chris P
Massiatte Dan C
Mateo Henry 2B
Mathis Doug RP
Maxwell Jason INF
McEachern Jason P
McGee Jake RP
Medlock Calvin P
Mendez Deivy P
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Molina Jose C
Mollicone John C
Mondesi Jr. Raul OF
Montgomery Mike SP
Moore Jeremy OF
Moore Matt SP
Mujica Jose P
Nelson Keith P
Nevarez Matt P
Newmann David P
Nommensen Brett OF
Norberto Jordan RP
Nowak Chris INF
Nunez Franklin P
O'Brien Mikey P
O'Conner Justin C
O'Mally Shawn SS
Odorizzi Jake SP
Olmedo Ray 2B
Olson Jordan P
Orasma Carlos P
Ortiz Ricky P
Ott Travis SP
Paduch Jim P
Patterson Jim P
Peguero Tony P
Pena Angel C
Perez Cesar 3B
Perez Sergio P
Perry Jason OF
Phillips Heath P
Phillips Paul W. P
Powell Boog OF
Querecuto Juniel SS
Quinonez Eduar RP
Quinonez Jonathan OF
Reginatto Leonardo INF
Reyes Carlos P
Reynolds Justin OF
Rico Matt P
Riefenhauser C.J. RP
Rivera Rene C
Robertson Daniel R. SS
Rodriguez Abrahan P
Rodriguez David C
Rogers Cody OF
Rollins Heath P
Romero Enny SP
Rondon Adrian SS
Rosario Waldo OF
Ross Michael INF
Royster Ryan OF
Sanchez Francisco P
Sappington Mark P
Schenk Neil P
Sexton Greg 3B
Shaffer Richie 3B
Shelby III John OF
Smith Burch SP
Smith Hans P
Smyly Drew SP
Snell Blake P
Sonoqui Eligio 1B
Southern Michael P
Souza Steven OF
Speigner Brent C
Spring Matt C
Stanek Ryne P
Stowell Bryce P
Suarez Albert P
Sweeney Matthew INF
Tapia Juan SS
Teaford Everett RP
Thompson Rich C. OF
Tissenbaum Maxx INF
Toles Andrew OF
Torres Marcos C
Varga Cameron P
Velazquez Andrew SS
Velez Eugenio OF
Wagner Neil RP
Wagner Nicholas P
Walker Aaron P
Walker Matt P
Wendt David C
Williams Justin OF
Wilson Bobby C
Yates Kirby RP
Zarate Robert P
Zumwalt Sean P

Anderson Brian J. TO
Auld Brian TO
Baldelli Rocco TO
Bloom Chaim TO
Boroski Stan TO
Cash Kevin MAN
Foley Tom TO
Hendrick George TO
Hickey Jim PC
Montoyo Charlie TO
Neander Erik TO
Nelson Jamie TO
Robinson Dewey TO
Shelton Derek TO
Silverman Matt TO

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