Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays

UPDATE: Rays to gain draft pick for loss of free agent pitcher Alex Cobb

UPDATE: Rays to gain draft pick for loss of free agent pitcher Alex Cobb

UPDATE, 5:01: Cobb did not accept the offer by the deadline, as expected.DEVELOPING: Sometime before today's 5 p.m. deadline, the Rays will get official word that their $17.4-million slight gamble on Alex Cobb paid off.The Rays made the free-agent ri...
Published: 11/16/17
As he prepares to leave the Rays, how will you remember Alex Cobb?

As he prepares to leave the Rays, how will you remember Alex Cobb?

Presuming Alex Cobb declines the Rays’ one-year, $17.4-million qualifying offer by 5 p.m. today, he has pitched his last game for Tampa Bay.Cobb has received preliminary interest from "lots of teams" already, agent Dan Horwits said. The Cubs and Twin...
Published: 11/16/17
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says progress must continue on new stadium to keep Rays

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says progress must continue on new stadium to keep Rays

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made clear Thursday that identification of a site for a new Rays stadium is merely the first step for area leaders to show they want to keep the team long-term and that there needs to "consistent forward movement" on the ...
Published: 11/16/17
Sternberg: Tampa Bay Rays' share of new ballpark could be $150 million

Sternberg: Tampa Bay Rays' share of new ballpark could be $150 million

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Wednesday that the team is "genuinely excited" about the proposed Ybor City site for a new stadium and more than "cautiously optimistic" the project can be completed. But ...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Rays journal: No big deals at GM meetings, but possible groundwork laid

By MARC TOPKINLAKE BUENA VISTA — Rays officials left the GM meetings without making any big deals — such as trading Alex Colome or Chris Archer to the Cardinals — but more knowledgeable about the possibilities. "Expectations were to utilize these few...
Published: 11/15/17
Watch: Brandy Halladay’s emotional tribute to her late husband, Roy

Watch: Brandy Halladay’s emotional tribute to her late husband, Roy

For his wife, Brandy, Roy Halladay was so much more than a standout pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.During a a celebration of life ceremony Tuesday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Brandy remembered Halladay — who died Nov...
Published: 11/15/17
Fennelly: Roy Halladay — father, husband, friend, ‘normal guy’

Fennelly: Roy Halladay — father, husband, friend, ‘normal guy’

CLEARWATER — It would have been a great day for a baseball game.The Spectrum Field grounds crew did its job. The basepaths were watered down with a hose. The baselines were drawn in chalk. The batter’s box was laid out. Home plate was cleaned. First,...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Teams’ interest makes it likely Alex Cobb will reject Rays’ qualifying offer

Teams’ interest makes it likely Alex Cobb will reject Rays’ qualifying offer

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Alex Cobb has heard enough good things from potential new teams that it seems fairly certain he will be saying goodbye to his old one.Agent Dan Horwits said there have been "a lot of teams" interested in the veteran right-hander, a...
Published: 11/14/17
MLB star Roy Halladay remembered at celebration of life service in Clearwater

MLB star Roy Halladay remembered at celebration of life service in Clearwater

Former Blue Jays and Phillies ace Roy Halladay was remembered Tuesday afternoon in a celebration of life service at Clearwater's Spectrum Field. Halladay, 40, died Nov. 7 when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Pasco C...
Published: 11/14/17
A popular topic at GM meetings? Rays draft pick Brendan McKay. Guess why.

A popular topic at GM meetings? Rays draft pick Brendan McKay. Guess why.

UPDATE, 12:02:  There has been "lots of interest" thus far in Cobb, though still preliminary, which means without much specifics. Cobb is doing his research as well, valuing not just the years and money and team's chance to win but also the club...
Published: 11/14/17
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