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”

Joey Wendle traded to Marlins

The Rays were involved in trade talks with multiple players throughout the day. With Corey Kluber needing a roster spot, a move was made. Just hours before the MLB non-tender deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays traded 2021 All-Star infielder Joey Wendle to the Miami Marlins for outfield prospect Kameron Misner. The Wendle trade is theContinue reading “Joey Wendle traded to Marlins”

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”

Why Ford Proctor over Blake Hunt?

MLB’s deadline for protecting Rule 5 eligible prospects ended on Friday. The Rays added INF Jonathan Aranda, RHP Calvin Faucher, RHP Tommy Romero, and C/INF Ford Proctor to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft that will take place later this offseason. One player many considered to be a lock for theContinue reading “Why Ford Proctor over Blake Hunt?”

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”

Rays strike first in ALDS

Troptober in the Tampa Bay area is back and the Tampa Bay Rays wasted no time to get the ball rolling, shutting out the Boston Red Sox 5-0 in Game 1 of the ALDS. Tampa Bay sent rookie starter Shane McClanahan to the mound for his first playoff start and he looked like a seasonedContinue reading “Rays strike first in ALDS”

WATCH: Randy Arozarena steals home

On Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Rays got off to a hot start in the ALDS, recording a 5-0 shutout victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1. Everything was clicking for the Rays, from the pitching to defense and the offense, which is one of the best in baseball. Rays fans saw theContinue reading “WATCH: Randy Arozarena steals home”