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Sun, Sep 30
vs Toronto Blue Jays (73-89)
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AL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
BOS 108-54 5-5 W1
NYY 100-62 7-3 L1
TB 90-72 5-5 W2
TOR 73-89 4-6 L2
BAL 47-115 3-7 W1

Top Rays News

  • Rays' Gionti Turner: Shipped to Tampa

    Turner was traded from the Indians to the Rays in exchange for Chih-Wei Hu, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    While Turner didn't come off the board until the 27th round of the 2018 draft, he turned heads in the AZL, hitting .296/.348/.396 (113 wRC+) with one home run and nine steals in 187 plate appearances. He won't turn 19 until August, so he was one of the youngest players in that draft class. His approach was very pull heavy (60.6 Pull%) in rookie ball, but that matters much less for a player his age. Turner has an intriguing frame (6-foot-2, 178 pounds) for a middle infielder, and could grow into more game power as he matures.

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  • Rays' Joe McCarthy: Fractures hand in Fall League

    McCarthy fractured his right hand playing in the Arizona Fall League, though he's expected to be ready for spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Prior to suffering the injury, McCarthy hit .239/.375/.370 with one homer across 13 Arizona Fall League games. The 24-year-old spent all of the 2018 season with Triple-A Durham, slashing .269/.377/.513 with eight homers and three steals across 47 games -- he missed nearly three months with a back injury. While he's expected to be fully healthy in time to compete for an Opening Day roster spot, McCarthy seems more likely to open the 2019 campaign at Triple-A.

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  • Rays' Blake Snell: Captures AL Cy Young

    Snell won the 2018 American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday.

    Despite pitching just 180.2 innings -- the fewest ever from a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher -- Snell narrowly beat out Justin Verlander to win the award for the first time in his career. The lefty put together an impressive breakout campaign in 2018, finishing with a league-best 21 wins (and just five losses), while posting a 1.89 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 across 31 starts.

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  • Rays' Ryan Merritt: Joins Rays on MiLB deal

    Merritt signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Merritt pitched in only 15 games for Triple-A Columbus in 2018 as he dealt with a shoulder issue, and was jettisoned off the Indians' 40-man roster in July at the conclusion of his rehab assignment due to a worrying drop in velocity. The 26-year-old lefty had a 1.71 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 31.2 innings with Cleveland between 2016-17, and does have some upside for Tampa Bay should he remain healthy and rediscover his previous form.

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  • Rays' Brandon Lowe: Competing for outfield spot

    General manager Erik Neander said Lowe is in the mix of outfielders competing for a spot on the Rays' Opening Day roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Lowe's chances of making the Opening Day roster seem to have improved after Mallex Smith was traded to the Mariners on Thursday. Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier (foot) and Austin Meadows are expected to open the season as starters, but Lowe will battle it out with newly acquired Guillermo Heredia for the fourth outfield spot. The 24-year-old prospect made his major-league debut in 2018, hitting .233/.324/.450 with six homers and two stolen bases across 43 games for the Rays.

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  • Rays' Michael Plassmeyer: Sent to Tampa Bay

    The Mariners traded Plassmeyer to Tampa Bay on Thursday along with Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley.

    Plassmeyer was taken in the fourth round of the 2018 first-year player draft by the Mariners and spent the last couple months of the season with short-season Everett. Across 13 appearances, he logged an impressive 2.25 ERA and 0.83 WHIP to go along with a stellar 44:4 K:BB in 24 innings. Look for the 22-year-old to begin the 2019 season at either Low-A or High-A for Tampa Bay.

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  • Rays' Guillermo Heredia: Dealt to Tampa Bay

    Seattle traded Heredia to Tampa Bay on Thursday along with Mike Zunino and Michael Plassmeyer in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley.

    Heredia played in 125 games for the Mariners this past season, hitting .236/.318/.342 with five home runs, 19 RBI and two stolen bases. The 27-year-old ended the year with an impressive month of September, going 12-for-29 (.414 average) in limited playing time. He will likely serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder for the Rays with Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier (foot), Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows projected as starting options, though Heredia is capable of playing all three positions if necessary. That said, he's a below-average center fielder, so don't expect to see him patrolling the middle of the outfield unless Kiermaier deals with injuries again next season. The Rays could also send Heredia to Triple-A as depth since he's got a couple minor-league options remaining.

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  • Rays' Mike Zunino: Heads to Tampa Bay

    The Mariners traded Zunino to the Rays on Thursday along with Guillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley.

    The deal was reported as agreed upon late Wednesday night and the medical reviews were completed by early Thursday. Zunino seems like a classic target of the Rays as a low-average, power-hitting catcher with plus defense and good pitch-framing numbers. He hit just .201/.259/.410 in 2018 but reached 20 homers for the third time in five years. The 27-year-old slots in as the Rays' unquestioned No. 1 catcher.

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  • Rays' Jake Smolinski: Inks minor-league deal with Rays

    Smolinski signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

    Smolinksi spent the past three and a half seasons in Oakland, hitting a combined .227/.287/.357 across 175 games with the A's before being outrighted off the roster in October. The 29-year-old will likely get an invitation to spring training, though he figures to serve as organizational outfield depth for the Rays in 2019.

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  • Rays' Andrew Kittredge: Outrighted from 40-man roster

    Kittredge was outrighted from Tampa Bay's 40-man roster Friday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Kittredge will remain with the organization for now after being cast off the 40-man roster in order to give the Rays added space for a younger prospect heading into the Rule 5 draft. Across 33 games in 2018, Kittredge logged a 7.75 ERA and 1.85 WHIP.

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  • Rays' Jesus Sucre: Removed from 40-man roster

    Sucre was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Alongside Sucre, fellow catcher Adam Moore was also outrighted to the minors in order to provide a couple additional 40-man roster spots for the Rays to protect younger prospects ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Across 73 games with the Rays this year, Sucre slashed .209/.247/.253 with 17 RBI.

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  • Rays' Adam Moore: Cast off 40-man roster

    Moore was removed from the Rays' 40-man roster Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Moore and fellow catcher Jesus Sucre were cast off the team's 40-man roster in order to clear space for younger prospects in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The veteran backstop appeared in just eight games for Tampa Bay in 2018, hitting .222/.263/.444 with one homer.

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  • Rays' Oliver Drake: Scooped up by Rays

    Drake was claimed off waivers by the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Drake spent time with five different teams in 2018, posting a combined 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 51 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. He finished the year with the Twins, where he notched a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 across 20.1 innings. The right-hander should compete for a middle-relief role in spring training, assuming he isn't moved again this offseason.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .258
(3rd)
716
(16th)
150
(6th)
3.74
(6th)