Tag:Tampa Bay Rays
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:09 am

Rays, Blalock closer to deal

Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting the Tampa Bay Rays are close to completing a deal with former two-time American League All-Star Hank Blalock.

Blalock, 29, hit .259 with 152 home runs and 535 RBI during his eight seasons with the Texas Rangers. The left-handed hitter struggled with a .234 average last season, finishing with 25 homers and 66 RBI in 495 plate appearances.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 5, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: March 8, 2010 10:06 am

Rays, Marlins looking at Blalock

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in signing former Texas Ranger infielder Hank Blalock to a minor league deal. The Florida Marlins have shown interest, too.

Blalock, 29, hit .259 with 152 home runs and 535 RBI during his eight seasons with Texas. The left-handed hitter struggled with a .234 average last season, finishing with 25 homers and 66 RBI in 495 plate appearances.

Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:48 am

Indians, Rays, Red Sox looking at Branyan

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting the Indians are in a three-team chase for free agent Russell Branyan, who can play outfield, third base and first base. The other interested teams are believed to be the Rays and Red Sox.

Drafted in the seventh round in 1994, Branyan started his career with the Indians. The left-handed hitter played one game in 1998, followed by 11 games in '99, 67 in 2000, 113 in '01 and 50 in '02 before being dealt to the Cincinnati Reds.

Branyan, 34, had a career year last season, hitting career-bests 31 homers and 76 RBI with a 2.51 batting average in just 116 games with the Seattle Mariners.  A bad back kept him from playing a full season and is likely the reason the Mariners weren't willing to offer a multiyear deal.

The Plain Dealer is also reporting the Indians are looking at free agents Hank Blalock (.234, 25 homers, 66 RBI last year) and Jermaine Dye (.250, 27, 81).

Posted on: January 26, 2010 12:56 pm

Is Thome's path cleared to sign with Minnesota?

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune :

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that free-agent slugger Jim Thome won’t return to the team this year, a decision that could clear the way for Thome to sign with the Twins.

Another report said the Rays and Tigers are also interested in Thome but called the Twins the favorite to sign him.

Posted on: January 26, 2010 12:54 pm

Is Upton long-term deal in the works?

Despite an arbitration hearing looming between B.J. Upton and the Rays, the St. Petersburg Times suggests he's still opened to signing a long-term deal with the club.

Upton said, "I love the city of Tampa, and I'd definitely love to be here for an extensive period of time. If that's something that they want to talk about, I'm definitely open ears for it."

Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said the interest is mutual.
Category: MLB
Posted on: January 25, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2010 1:32 pm

Brewers not moving - but which team is?

MLB.com put some clarification on rumors that the Brewers could relocate to Orlando, Florida. 

Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes said that speculation is absolutely false.

"The reporter or whoever else is putting that out there should do his homework," Barnes said. "It's irresponsible. We just finished ninth in attendance, we have one of the best ballparks in baseball and an owner who is totally committed to the [Milwaukee] area."

The rumors started after an Orlando political candidate, Armando Gutierrez, started another effort to bring a baseball team to central Florida.  The St. Petersburg Times suggests the Rays will also come up in that conversation. 
Category: MLB
Posted on: December 10, 2009 12:10 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2009 12:17 pm

Halladay buzz, Gaston talks, Angels lead race

Blue Jays' manager Cito Gaston told the Toronto Star that it's not a matter of "if" but "when" Roy Halladay will be traded.

GM Alex Anthopoulos has been hush about any details, but Gaston says Anthopoulos has kept Gaston in the loop and asks for his opinion.

Gaston said, "Once we know that [what we get], we can find out what direction we might be going. Right now it's in limbo. There are possibilities, but nothing's happened yet."

Gaston suggested his preference would be to get an innings-eater in the rotation, a catcher, an outfielder ... all players that could help the major league club in 2010. But the Jays may not be in a position to get all that.

The report lists the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and Rays still in the mix.

Another report in the New York Post credits an MLB club official with saying the Angels remain the front-runners to land Halladay.  The source also says the Angels are willing to include Erick Aybar and Joel Saunders in a deal

Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:57 am

Bradley Deal close but not where you think

According to several media reports, the Cubs are close to a deal involving Milton Bradley.

The Chicago Sun-Times learned from a source that it was not the Rays or the Rangers, as previously thought.  GM Jim Hendry wouldn't talk specifically about the progress of Bradley talks.

The Sun-Times report says all but a few teams have been eliminated -- the Tigers, Royals and Blue Jays.

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