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Rays | TB interested in Tommy Hunter

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:13:12 -0800

The Tampa Bay Rays are having advanced talks with free-agent RP Tommy Hunter (Cubs).

Fantasy Tip: Hunter went 4-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 57 appearances for the Orioles and Cubs in 2015 and would likely be used in a setup role to CL Brad Boxberger if the Rays sign him. However, the 29-year-old right-hander could miss the beginning of the regular season while recovering from abdominal surgery. His appeal should be limited to single-universe leagues and fantasy leagues that use the holds category.

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


Rays | Ian Desmond a long shot for Tampa

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:59:13 -0800

Free-agent SS Ian Desmond (Nationals) is now considered a "long shot" to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays, as the Rays do not want to give up their No. 13 overall pick in order to land him.

Fantasy Tip: Desmond has remained on the market this long because of the first-round compensation issue. The Chicago White Sox look like the favorites to sign him now. The power/speed combination remains, but he struggles to make contact, which limits his ceiling. A move to Chicago would be intriguing and make him a sleeper candidate in the later rounds.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Andrew Simon


Rays | TB expected to keep Alex Cobb

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:15:52 -0800

The Tampa Bay Rays are likely to hold on to SP Alex Cobb (elbow), although teams have expressed quite a bit of interest in him this offseason.

Fantasy Tip: Cobb missed most of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery and is not expected to return before August in a best-case scenario. He could be worth a late-round flier in AL-only or cavernous mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo


Rays | Corey Dickerson could be primary DH

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:32:35 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays OF Corey Dickerson is expected to serve as the club's primary designated hitter if 1B James Loney is traded. OFs Brandon Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr. would play left field, center field and right field respectively, with OF Brandon Guyer serving as the fourth outfielder and a starting option versus left-handed pitching.

Fantasy Tip: Dickerson hit .304 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs in 65 games for the Rockies last season and said he would have no problem serving as a DH. He could fall to the middle rounds of drafts for AL-only and deep mixed leagues because of the move away from Coors Field.

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


Rays | Tyler Clippard perks Rays' interest

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:41:20 -0800

Free-agent RP Tyler Clippard (Mets) is drawing interest from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fantasy Tip: Clippard is a solid ratios reliever to snag late in drafts.

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


Rays | Drew Smyly wins arbitration case

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:25:27 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Drew Smyly won his arbitration hearing Thursday, Feb. 4, and he'll make $3.75 million in 2016.

Fantasy Tip: Smyly, if he can remain healthy, has considerable upside as a SP3.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman


Rays | Drew Smyly makes his arbitration case

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:52:51 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Drew Smyly and the Rays have argued the first arbitration case of the year. Smyly is asking for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million, while Tampa argued for $3.2 million. A decision is expected Thursday, Feb. 4. Smyly went 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts last year with 77 strikeouts and 20 walks in 66 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Tip: Smyly made an encouraging return from a torn shoulder labrum in 2015, striking out 10.4 hitters per nine innings in his 12 starts. He's undervalued in the late middle rounds and is a nice pickup to round out your fake pitching staff.

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Rays | Tampa Bay could trade outfielder

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:32:04 -0800

The Tampa Bay Rays could wind up trading OF Desmond Jennings or OF Brandon Guyer due to a surplus of talent at the position due to several offseason acquisitions.

Fantasy Tip: The Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Washington Nationals are reportedly searching for outfield help and could be interested in either Jennings or Guyer if they are made available. Both players should only be considered for single-universe and cavernous mixed formats.

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


Rays | Alex Colome could be primary setup man

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:43:25 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays RP Alex Colome appears to be the favorite to serve as the club's primary setup man for the 2016 season.

Fantasy Tip: Colome went 8-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 43 appearances (13 starts) last season, with 88 strikeouts over 109 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander could be of interest to owners in AL-only fantasy leagues and he could see an occasional save opportunity on days when CL Brad Boxberger is unavailable.

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


Rays | Steve Pearce financial details

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:31:44 -0800

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays 1B/OF Steve Pearce's one-year contract is worth $4.75 million. The deal also includes performance bonuses based on the number of plate appearances reached. Pearce will receive $125,000 for reaching 400 and 425 plate appearances and $250,000 for 500, 525, 550 and 575 plate appearances. If he is traded, he will receive a one-time bonus worth $250,000.

Fantasy Tip: Pearce is expected to split time between first base and designated hitter, with an occasional start in the outfield against left-handed pitching. He hit .218 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in 325 at-bats for the Orioles in 2015 and could be a decent buy-low option from a fantasy standpoint.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


Rays | Brad Boxberger the sole closer

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:26:28 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger is now Tampa's sole closer after they traded RP Jake McGee to the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Jan. 28. RPs Xavier Cedeno and Enny Romero are the only left-handers in the bullpen now, alongside right-handed RPs Alex Colome, Steven Geltz, Danny Farquhar and Andrew Bellatti.

Fantasy Tip: Boxberger struggled in the second half last year, but now he has much more leeway and rope as Tampa's ninth-inning closer. The right-hander had a 3.71 ERA last year and a career-high 41 saves.

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


Rays | Tampa acquires Corey Dickerson

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:40:10 -0800

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Jan. 28, in exchange for multiple pitchers, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Stay tuned for the other pieces of this trade. Right off the bat, moving out of Coors Field to a more hitter-friendly stadium is bad news for Dickerson's overall fantasy value, as he hit only .257 with five home runs on the road in 2015. This could present a buying opportunity in the middle rounds, however, since most will be down on Dickerson.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


Rays | Obstacles preventing Ian Desmond to Rays

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:42:13 -0800

Free-agent SS Ian Desmond (Nationals) has a number of connections to the Tampa Bay Rays, but his expected contract demands, and the Rays having to forfeit their No. 13 overall pick in the upcoming 2016 Amateur Draft if they sign Desmond are obstacles preventing a deal.

Fantasy Tip: Desmond's batting average and OPS have dropped in each of the past four seasons, and he didn't reach the 20-stolen base mark in 2015. Entering his age-30 season, his offensive prime could be behind him, and you'll want to be wary of targeting him too early in drafts leading into the season.

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


Rays | Tampa eyeing Corey Dickerson

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:45:13 -0800

Colorado Rockies OF Corey Dickerson may be the most likely trade option for the Rockies, as he'd require less of a return than OF Charlie Blackmon, according to sources. The Tampa Bay Rays are involved with Dickerson.

Fantasy Tip: Dickerson was a disappointment because of his injury last year. However, when healthy he has plenty of power, but a move away from Coors Field would limit his upside considerably.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


Rays | Richie Shaffer could be odd man out

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:04:14 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays INF Richie Shaffer could find himself in danger of not making the 25-man roster, with Steve Pearce, Logan Morrison and James Loney expected to share time at first base and designated hitter.

Fantasy Tip: The soon-to-be 25-year-old Shaffer batted just .189 last season but showed a promising amount of power, with three doubles and four home runs in 74 at-bats. Pearce and Morrison are expected to get the lion's share of the playing time and Loney could have all or part of the $8 million remaining on his contract eaten so that he can be moved to another team.

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Tampa Bay Rays Player News

Acosta Mayo C
Adames Willy SS
Albernaz Craig C
Alcala Franklin OF
Ames Jeff P
Andrade Steve P
Andriese Matt SP
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
Barnese Nick P
Bateman Joe P
Bauers Jake 1B
Bayliss Jonah RP
Bean Colter P
Beckham Jeremy 2B
Beckham Tim SS
Beech Travis 2B
Bellatti Andrew P
Belnome Vincent 2B
Betemit Wilson 3B
Biell Dustin OF
Boggan Kevin P
Borden Buddy P
Boxberger Brad RP
Bravo-Carmona Adrian C
Brett Ryan SS
Brock Kenny P
Brophy Kevin P
Bryles Brian OF
Carroll Damion P
Carroll Jeffrey INF
Carter Kes OF
Casali Curt C
Cedeno Xavier RP
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 RP
Conger Hank C
Cononie Charles P
Constanza Jose OF
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
Decker Jaff OF
Della Grotta Robert P
Dettrich Julius P
Dickerson Corey OF
Dillon Joe INF
Disla Jose P
Edwards Ronald C
Edwards Spencer OF
Eldridge Rashad OF
Espinosa Sergio P
Estrada Robi INF
Eveland Dana RP
Farquhar Danny RP
Fitzgerald Brian RP
Flanagan Jeremy P
Fleming Marquis P
Flinn Chris P
Fontenot Mike 2B
Forsythe Logan 2B
Franklin Nick 2B
Frey Evan OF
Frontz Neal P
Fuller Devin P
Furmaniak J.J. INF
Gamboa Eddie P
Gangi Aaron P
Gannon Nolan P
Garcia Gerardo RP
Garrido Santiago P
Garvin Grayson P
Geltz Steven RP
Gillaspie Casey 1B
Glen William P
Goetzman Granden OF
Gomez Roberto P
Grabowski Jason OF
Greene Charlie C
Guerrieri Taylor P
Guillen Cesar OF
Guyer Brandon OF
Guzman Freddy OF
Guzman Rafelin C
Hagens Bradin P
Hager Jake SS
Hall J.T. OF
Hall Justin P
Hamren Erik P
Harris Greg P
Harris James OF
Hauschild Tyler C
Havlicek Stepan P
Henderson Brian P
Henning Clayton OF
Henriquez Victor INF
Howell Jeff P
Hu Chih-Wei P
Humphrey Benjamin 1B
Infante Jhancarlos C
Isenia Charion C
Jackson Bralin OF
Jarman Michael P
Jennings Desmond OF
Johnson Daniel P
Jones Stephen OF
Kendrick Joshua 1B
Kiermaier Kevin OF
Kline William P
Koronis Alex P
Larson Brandon 3B
Leonard Patrick 3B
Livingston Bobby P
Loney James 1B
Longoria Evan 3B
Lopez Eduar P
Lopez Hector P
Luck Chris P
Mahtook Mikie OF
Maile Luke C
Maria Erick C
Marinez Jhan RP
Marjama Mike C
Marks Justin SP
Martin Brandon SS
Martinez Gabby SS
Mason Chris P
Massiatte Dan C
Mateo Henry 2B
Maxwell Jason INF
McEachern Jason P
McPherson Kyle SP
Medlock Calvin P
Mendez Deivy P
Miller Brad SS
Miranda Juan 1B
Mollicone John C
Mondesi Jr. Raul OF
Moore Jeremy OF
Moore Matt SP
Morrison Logan 1B
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'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
Padlo Kevin 3B
Paduch Jim P
Patterson Jim P
Pearce Steve OF
Peguero Tony P
Pena Angel C
Perez Cesar 3B
Perez Sergio P
Perry Jason OF
Phillips Heath P
Phillips Paul W. P
Querecuto Juniel SS
Quinonez Eduar RP
Quinonez Jonathan OF
Ramirez Erasmo SP
Reginatto Leonardo INF
Reifer Adam P
Reyes Carlos P
Reynolds Justin OF
Rico Matt P
Rivera Rene C
Robertson Daniel R. SS
Rodriguez Abrahan P
Rodriguez David C
Rogers Cody OF
Roller Kyle INF
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
Sturdevant Tyler RP
Suarez Albert P
Sweeney Matthew INF
Tapia Alexis P
Tapia Juan SS
Thompson Rich C. OF
Tissenbaum Maxx INF
Torres Marcos C
Varga Cameron P
Velazquez Andrew SS
Venters Jonny RP
Wagner Neil RP
Wagner Nicholas P
Walker Aaron P
Walker Matt P
Wendt David C
Whitley Chase SP
Wilk Adam SP
Williams Justin OF
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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