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Sun, Sep 30
vs Toronto Blue Jays (73-89)
  • Tropicana Field
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Final
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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' 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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  • Rays' Sandy Gaston: Cuban prospect signs with Tampa

    Gaston, a 16-year-old right-hander out of Cuba, agreed to a contract Tuesday with the Rays that includes a $2.6 million signing bonus, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Considered one of the top unsigned amateurs in the international ranks, the hard-throwing Gaston recently worked out for MLB teams in Miami along with Cuban outfielders Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr., who both recently signed with the Marlins. Gaston reportedly sports a fastball that can already touch 100 miles per hour in addition to a slider and changeup some scouts believe can become adequate offerings, but control remains a major issue at this stage of his development. Even so, it's uncommonly rare for a pitcher as young as Gaston to possess that kind of velocity, which should immediately make the teenager one of the more prized assets in a quality farm system.

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  • Rays' Ryan Sherriff: Inks minor-league deal with Rays

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

    Sherriff spent most of the 2018 season with the Cardinals but was cut loose at the end of summer after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June. It's unclear when -- or if -- the southpaw will return in 2019. Sherriff owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 18:6 K:BB across 20 career big-league innings (parts of two seasons).

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Team Statistical Rankings

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