MLB enters ninth work stoppage in league history

At 12:01 a.m. EST on Dec. 2, Major League Baseball owners unanimously voted for a lockout of the players, starting the ninth work stoppage in league history, the first in 26 years. This happened just two minutes after the expiration of the most recent collective bargaining agreement between the league and players’ union that wasContinue reading “MLB enters ninth work stoppage in league history”

Rays, Choi agree to one-year deal, tender 13 more players

Just hours before MLB’s non-tender deadline on Tuesday, the Rays re-signed first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a one-year, $3.2 million deal as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Choi suffered through injuries during the 2021 season, hitting .229/.348/.411 in 83 games with a 0.9 bWAR, 116 OPS+, 11 home runs and 45Continue reading “Rays, Choi agree to one-year deal, tender 13 more players”

Rays sign Kluber, Raley

Things got exciting on the free agency side of Major League Baseball with the impending lockout looming in early December. The Rays were part of that frenzy as Tampa Bay ended up signing two pitchers, Corey Kluber and Brooks Raley, before what is now the ninth work-related stoppage in league history. On Nov. 28, RaysContinue reading “Rays sign Kluber, Raley”

MLB Free Agent Frenzy: Mets sign Scherzer, Tigers land Baez

Free agents have been signing at an unheard of pace this offseason and two more big dominoes fell just before the end of November as Max Scherzer and Javier Baez have both found new homes. Scherzer, 37, signed a three-year, $130 million deal with the New York Mets, setting a new record for the highestContinue reading “MLB Free Agent Frenzy: Mets sign Scherzer, Tigers land Baez”

Texas Rangers commit $500 million to Semien, Seager

Major League Baseball’s hot stove has been piping hot over the past several days and an unlikely team commanding the headlines is the Texas Rangers. Texas, an apparent sleeping giant, has signed superstars Marcus Semien and Corey Seager to contracts totaling $500 million, nearly equaling what the New York Yankees spent for 10 players duringContinue reading “Texas Rangers commit $500 million to Semien, Seager”

Wander Franco signs 11-year extension, largest contract in franchise history

Monday afternoon saw a historic moment in the existence of the Tampa Bay Rays as shortstop Wander Franco officially signed the largest contract in franchise history, an 11-year, $182 million extension. Franco, the 20-year old phenom who made his MLB debut in June, lived up to all expectations placed on him from the entire baseballContinue reading “Wander Franco signs 11-year extension, largest contract in franchise history”

Brandon Lowe not named Silver Slugger finalist

We might have a slight bias toward Brandon Lowe here at Rays The Roof, but when the news came out on Monday that the second baseman was not named a finalist for the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award, we were noticeably infuriated. Lowe had one of the best power-hitting seasons of any second baseman inContinue reading “Brandon Lowe not named Silver Slugger finalist”

Arozarena, Cruz, Zunino named Silver Slugger Finalists

Despite the Rays suffering an early exit in the 2021 postseason, this past week has brought much-needed positive news to the Tampa Bay area. On Monday, the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award finalists were announced, and three Rays players: Randy Arozarena, Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino, were named finalists at their respective positions. It’s theContinue reading “Arozarena, Cruz, Zunino named Silver Slugger Finalists”

Arozarena, Kiermaier, Wendle named Gold Glove Finalists

MLB awards season is right around the corner, and the Tampa Bay Rays have some good representation across the board. On Thursday, Rawlings announced the 2021 Gold Glove Award finalists. Three Rays players: Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier and Joey Wendle, were announced as finalists for this season. Of the three, this is Arozarena and Wendle’sContinue reading “Arozarena, Kiermaier, Wendle named Gold Glove Finalists”

Astros silence White Sox in ALDS Game 1

Behind a stellar pitching performance from Lance McCullers Jr., the Houston Astros made a statement in Game 1 of the ALDS, dominating the Chicago White Sox in a 6-1 win. McCullers Jr. threw 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, striking out four and giving up just four hits his entire outing. On the other side,Continue reading “Astros silence White Sox in ALDS Game 1”