Rays coach Rocco Baldelli is one of five finalists for the Blue Jays manager's job, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported.Three other finalists were said to be Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Giants farm director David Bell and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde. The fifth was not named. Per the report, in-person interviews with the finalists are underway.Baldelli has been a "hot … [Read more...] about Rays’ Rocco Baldelli reportedly a finalist for Toronto job
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ST. PETERSBURG —The Rays' primary target this offseason seems to be adding a right-handed impact bat.And to do so, they are likely to get rid of the one they have, 30-homer hitting 1B/DH C.J. Cron.Why?In short, to try to upgrade. And gain some positional versatility.The Rays are in the unusual position of having some financial flexibility, with a chance to shop on at … [Read more...] about Rays Tales: Is moving on from C.J. Cron the right move?
ST. PETERSBURG — At this point last year, Rays execs were privately plotting a major roster reconstruction.They let 10 players walk as free agents and traded a half-dozen big-name veterans, including franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria, before opening day 2018, and shipped out another eight during the season.Mocked and doubted at the time, their plan to transition to a … [Read more...] about Rays prepare for a very different offseason
Even in a season of such grand excellence, LHP Blake Snell has flaws. On Saturday, it was stubbornly sticking with a plan to throw mostly breaking balls in the first inning, resulting in three walks and a run on a sac fly over 29 pitches. Eventually, also the end of his nine-game win streak.The Rays took a bit of a gamble with Blake Snell's Cy Young chances by starting him … [Read more...] about Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Blue Jays game
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays will head off the field and into the offseason late Sunday afternoon feeling rightfully good about what they did.Overcoming a roster purge, a miserable start and an inseason transition to a young core, they had unexpected success in winning 89 games, going into Sunday, and believe the experience gained in doing so can carry over to extend … [Read more...] about 2018 has been a pleasant surprise for Rays. Now, about getting to October 2019.