Tampa Bay Rays
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:02:10 -0800
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.
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.
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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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."
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