DRaysBay: Baseball Prospectus releases top 10 Rays prospects
With the offseason underway, Baseball Prospectus has begun releasing its top-prospect lists, starting with the American League East.Having already covered the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox, Baseball Prospectus released the Tampa Bay Rays top 10 prospects list. SS Wander Franco
LHP Brendan McKay
RHP Shane Baz
LHP Matthew Liberatore
LHP Shane McClanahan
2B Vidal Brujan
SS Greg Jones
C Ronaldo Hernandez
RHP Brent Honeywell
RHP Joe Ryan
Wander Franco, of course, is the Rays' top prospect.
Fansided: Tampa Bay Rays offseason blueprint overview
With a majority of the 2019 roster under control heading into 2020, there are few questions surrounding the Tampa Bay Rays as they prepare to improve their roster in anticipation for another competitive season.Despite the fact that a majority of their 2019 core is slated to return next season, there are some things the Rays will look to do this winter to position themselves for a deeper postseason run in 2020.
At first glance, the Rays already have a solid base in place to build from. Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, and Tyler Glasnow anchor a strong rotation with plenty of backend options.
DRaysBay: Injuries impacted the offensive potential of several Rays
In a Friday article, we explained that by most statistical measures, Austin Meadows was the Rays best hitter of 2019. But for those watching all season, there were other powerhouses at the plate who seemed like more likely candidates for that title. Specifically Tommy Pham and Brandon Lowe, whose seasons were hampered by injury, which changed the trajectory of their offensive onslaught.Because both were injured in July -- July 2 for Lowe, July 28 for Pham -- we're going to take a look at their first half numbers to project how their seasons could have been different if they'd been able to stay on the field and healthy.
DRaysBay: Kevin Kiermaier's 10 best plays of 2019
Kevin Kiermaier won his third Gold Glove over the weekend, highlighting his league-best defense in center field last season. Kiermaier's 17 Outs Above Average led all American League outfielders, while his 13 Defensive Runs Saved topped all center fielders in the AL.But you don't need statistics to know Kiermaier is an elite defender. Let's look back and highlight his top 10 plays in the field last season. <strong>April 17 </strong>
Kiermaier started the season off with a bang, swinging the second hottest bat on the team up to that point. His fielding was even better, and on April 17, Kiermaier robbed Jesus Sucre of a line drive hit on a play that had a 15% catch probability, the lowest of any catch Kiermaier made in 2019.
DRaysBay: Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Minor League FA revealed
The Tampa Bay Rays -- With Figgs-Sanders' victory, Kriseman has another ally on the Council to potentially aid him in Rays-related decisions. That's a loss for the Rays if they're only looking for support to explore a split season with St. Pete and Montreal. But it's a potential win if they eventually decide to re-up negotiations with Hillsborough County for a Tampa stadium. Kriseman got an MOU done once to let that happen. So far there's no reason to believe he wouldn't do it again if it means keeping the team in the region full time. Mariners unveil 2020 coaching staff - Greg Johns, MLB.
DRaysBay: Rays Steamer projections for 2020
The Tampa Bay Rays head into the hot stove season looking to augment a team that is coming off a 96 win season. The team could see relatively little turnover compared to recent seasons, but they've also shown a willingness to think outside the box trying to improve the roster.The first public projections for the 2020 season come from Steamer. FanGraphs uses these projections in their Depth Charts. The Rays sit with the fifth most expected fWAR at 45.7. With a base of 48 win replacement level that would put the Rays at 93.7 wins.
DRaysBay: Who was the Rays best hitter in 2019?
There's a habit among team writers at the end of each baseball season to gather up all the stats, lay them out around us as if they were Rob's record collection from High Fidelity, and ask ourselves: "What order can I put these in to craft an interesting narrative about the season?"Now that we're in the long dark of winter, let's pick apart every aspect of the season that was in the hopes we might be able to better predict the 2020 that lays ahead.
In looking at the season's stats, an interesting question arose: "Who was the Rays best hitter in 2019?
DRaysBay: DRaysBay Roundtable: Does MLB have a collusion problem?
Baseball has a labor war coming, and the fires stoking the coals on either side are finally starting to heat up both at the team level (hello, Kris Bryant's trade availability), and across teams (re: collusion).The latest on the latter front comes from this press release from the MLBPA:
Responses across baseball came quickly, including the following explanations from two lead MLB writers and the GM in question:
Baseball's labor arguments can be confusing. So here is a simple breakdown of what happened Wednesday, when a GM's off-handed comment in a news conference led the MLBPA to allege teams are coordinating in the free agent market, and what it all means: https://t.
Official Site of the Rays: Snell to be on pitch count again vs. Yanks
NEW YORK -- Blake Snell retired all 15 batters he faced in his start against Toronto on Friday night at Rogers Centre.Snell didn't get the chance to go for the perfect game, though. Rays manager Kevin Cash lifted the left-hander due to the fact that he was making just his second start since returning from the 10-day disabled list (left shoulder fatigue).
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Snell will be on a pitch count again Thursday afternoon when he starts against the Yankees in the finale of the three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
DRaysBay: SB Nation Off-season Simulation 2019
Welcome back to SB Nation's annual off-season simulation! This year saw the return of Carl Gonzalez as the Fake Rays VP/GM, with dual team presidents Danny Russell and JT Morgan overseeing operations.You can check the results from last year here!
This simulation is actually very well run; however, things usually tend to go south in terms of realism pretty quickly. My first 3-4 moves were made with a serious point of view and that changed towards the end because there's honestly no incentive in taking it so seriously. Also, this season the simulation had a tighter window from start to finish, which kept teams moving at a breakneck pace.
DRaysBay: Tampa Bay Rays interested in infielder Howie Kendrick
The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly interested in signing veteran infielder and postseason hero, Howie Kendrick.
Howie Kendrick drawing a lot of early interest, including the Rays. Marlins also interested. He's from Florida, but lives in the Phoenix area now in the offseason. Veteran looking for a short deal.-- Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) November 6, 2019
The veteran 36 year old infielder is coming off a one year deal with the Washington Nationals in which he hit .344/.395/.572 with 17 home runs over 146 plate appearances. Kendrick produced 2.9 fWAR over 121 games played for the Nationals.
TBO Rays: Was the Bucs' one 'perfect drive' enough in the preseason opener?
We break down the good, the bad and the ugly from the Buccaneers' first preseason game in Pittsburgh, including what head coach Bruce Arians called the "perfect drive" to open the game for Jameis Winston and the offense.But what about the defense, which looked good at first start but had some penalty issues late? We'll talk about what some rookies did to impress, including Matt Gay's 55-yard field goal.
What's the impact of another injury to Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea?
And did Kevin Cash's decision to pull Ryan Yarbrough Sunday one out away from a complete-game shutout put a damper on the Rays' vibe coming off a three-game sweep in Seattle?
DRaysBay: Tom Foley announces retirement
Longtime member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Tom Foley has announced his retirement from the game after 43 years in the game of baseball -- 24 seasons with the Rays.A career that began with Foley being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round of the 1977 draft and eventually making his Major League debut several years later in 1983. During his 13 year playing career, Foley bounced all over the diamond playing myriad positions (and even pitched to two batters in 1989)!
His career saw him employed by the aforementioned Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and most notably he spent eight seasons with the Montreal Expos.
DRaysBay: Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: KK snags gold
Awards season kicked off yesterday with the Rawlings Gold Glove winners, where Kevin Kiermaier walked off with his third, beating out Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mike Trout. It was KK's first win since 2016.Juan Toribio and Dawn Klemesh have a good breakdown of exactly how good Kiermaier was, complete with highlights of KK's greatest hits -- er, catches.
Finally, the always great Neil Solondz sits down with Kiermaier to chat about what winning this award means to him.
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In other award news, DeWayne Staats is a finalist for the Ford Frick award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
DRaysBay: Tampa Bay Rays arbitration estimates for 2020
An always popular subject with the Tampa Bay Rays, MLB Trade Rumors has published their annual arbitration projections for the 280 eligible players this offseason, 9 of whom belong to the Tampa Bay Rays Guillermo Heredia - $1.1MM ( 1st year )
Tyler Glasnow - $1.9MM ( 1st year, super two )
There are a couple of players who are locked to be tendered contracts, some on the bubble, and several who will most likely be non-tendered following the deadline on December 2nd; however, there could be some moves made prior to that deadline, as teams have until November 20th to add their Rule 5 draft eligible players to the 40-man roster and the Rays may look to shed some of their arb-eligible players.