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Rays talking with Carter, but remaining patient in pursuit of bat

We've written a number of times that Chris Carter is among a list of right-handed bats the Rays are considering for a spot on their roster, but they are taking their time in the process, gambling that the glut of options will result in a bargain rather than a missed opportunity.

As recently as Tuesday night, Carter agent Dave Stewart told the Times they were "not close to anything" with the Rays.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal also checked in on the status of talks with the Rays, and Stewart told him, "We've had enough conversations - I know what they're thinking. We just haven't advanced in that direction yet."

Rosenthal concluded in his column that "The Rays appear to be Carter's best major-league possibility, according to Stewart and major-league sources.''

But Rosenthal also wrote of another option, whether legitimate or a negotiating ploy, in which Stewart said they would consider offers from Japan for Carter, who shared the NL lead with 41 homers for Milwaukee but was nontendered, rather than be paid about $8-million via arbitration. …

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Rays will sleep in this spring, workouts moved back to 10:30

Rays players should be a little more rested this spring, as the team - which has made sleep study a focal point - will shift workouts back an hour to a 10:30 a.m. start.

The change, which a few other teams have adopted, should be well received throughout the clubhouse, though not every player may take advantage of the extra rest in Port Charlotte.

Prospect RHP Jacob Faria, who was scolded for not being early enough to last spring's first workout by opening day starter Chris Archer, made his plans clear in a tweet:

still showing up at 5 AM #LessonLearned

Baseball operations president Matt Silverman said the chance was pragmatic in nature:

"We're trying to create a more consistent routine between workouts and spring games,'' he said.

The first workout of the spring, for pitchers and catchers, is Feb. 14.

 

 

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Details on Colby Rasmus deal with Rays

Here are details of OF Colby Rasmus' one-year deal with the Rays:

Base salary $5-million

Incentives based on plate appearances:
400 pa: $100,000
425 pa: $100,000
450 pa: $100,000
475 pa: $100,000
500 pa: $200,000
525 pa: $400,000
500 pa: $500,000
575 pa: $500,000
Total:  $2,000,000

Also: $250,000 each time he is traded.

 

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ESPN analyst Law: Tebow should never play baseball again

Tim Tebow hit .194 with a .296 OBP and .242 SLG, while striking out 20 times in 62 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.

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Tim Tebow hit .194 with a .296 OBP and .242 SLG, while striking out 20 times in 62 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.

Former Gators star QB Tim Tebow's baseball career has been the subject of much scrutiny and debate after he signed to play in the Mets minor-league system.

ESPN analyst Keith Law said today that watching Tebow in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .194 with a .296 OBP and .242 SLG, while striking out 20 times in 62 at-bats, was enough for him.

"I think Tim Tebow should stick to announcing and probably never play baseball again,'' Law said on an ESPN conference call. "He was the worst player I've ever seen in the 10 years I've been going to the Arizona Fall League"

Tebow does college football analysis for ESPN and its SEC Network. We're guessing they won't be hanging out at the next ESPN company retreat.

 

 

 

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Rays make official deal with OF Colby Rasmus, release OF Coats

Colby Rasmus, right, can earn up to $2-million more in incentives in a deal first agreed to Jan. 9.

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Colby Rasmus, right, can earn up to $2-million more in incentives in a deal first agreed to Jan. 9.

UPDATE, 3:43: Rays VP Chaim Bloom said the Rays are "comfortable" with Rasmus' rehab progress, that they know he will be behind in spring training but "are optimistic" he will be ready to start with season, with "a good chance" he'll be active for the 4/2 opener.

UPDATE, 2:59: Rasmus said the chance to be reunited with hitting coach Chad Mottola, whom he worked with during a career-best 2013 season in Toronto, and the chance to be close to his Alabama home were big reasons he signed with the Rays.

Rasmus is recovering from October hip and sports hernia surgeries and said he is doing well, cleared for running and baseball activities, but plans to be cautious in spring training, with the possibility he won't play in the early games with an eye on making sure he is ready for the April 2 regular season opener.

In answering a question about a lack of recognition for his outfield play, being a finalist but not winnign the Gold Glove in 2016, Rasmus referenced a years-old conflict with former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, and said: …

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Lots to talk about in what should be interesting week for Rays

Colby Rasmus, 30, hit .206 with 15 homers, 54 RBIs and a .641 OPS last season for Houston, limited to 107 games.

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Colby Rasmus, 30, hit .206 with 15 homers, 54 RBIs and a .641 OPS last season for Houston, limited to 107 games.

This has the potential to be a busy week for the Rays, as they are set to formally add OF Colby Rasmus to their roster and are working on several other additions: …

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