Rays land 5 players in deal sending Myers to Padres

Former Rookie of Year heading to San Diego; Nats' Souza among Tampa Bay's haul

Rays land 5 players in deal sending Myers to Padres

ST. PETERSBURG -- One of the biggest chores facing the Rays this offseason was assessing their roster. Which players did they want to go forward with and which ones did they not?

Outfielder Wil Myers and catcher Ryan Hanigan are among the latter category, while outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and catcher Rene Rivera will be among the players the team hopes to ride in 2015.

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City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search

City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search

ST. PETERSBURG -- A little more than a week after taking a significant step forward in their search for a new ballpark, the Rays ran into another roadblock Thursday afternoon.

The St. Petersburg City Council denied the "memorandum of understanding" agreed to on Dec. 9 by the club and Mayor Rick Kriseman. After pushing back the decision a week, the council voted down the memo, five votes to three.

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Jonathan Mayo

Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

Rays, Nats and Padres each pick up impressive haul of prospects

Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

Was keeping track of all the moving parts in the massive three-team deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals a difficult task? To help sort things out, here's a quick scorecard of who went where:

Padres get:

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Rays land Jepsen from Angels for Joyce

Veteran right-handed reliever reached several career highs in 2014

Rays land Jepsen from Angels for Joyce

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays bolstered their bullpen Tuesday by trading from a position of strength, sending outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for right-hander Kevin Jepsen.

"Matt was an important part of this team for the last six seasons," said Erik Neander, the Rays' vice president of baseball operations. "We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field and the professionalism he brought to the ballpark. We're excited about the experience Kevin brings to the bullpen and his ability to pitch in key moments of the game."

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Left elbow surgery to sideline McGee for start of 2015

Balfour, Boxberger and Jepsen likely candidates for temporary closing role

Left elbow surgery to sideline McGee for start of 2015

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have been dealt their first major blow of the 2015 season: Jake McGee will begin the campaign on the disabled list.

Tampa Bay announced on Tuesday that McGee had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Friday to remove a loose body. McGee said he is doing fine and a full recovery is expected.

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Cash excited to be home, eager to get to work with Rays

Tampa Bay introduces fifth manager in its history

Cash excited to be home, eager to get to work with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Cash homered in his first at-bat for the Rays in 2005. On Monday, he followed suit during his first news conference at Tropicana Field.

Out of the park!

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Hal Bodley

Cash ready to hone craft as first-time skipper

Cash ready to hone craft as first-time skipper

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the past 10 days during the honeymoon that has been Kevin Cash's coronation as Tampa Bay Rays manager, he's been walking and posing non-stop in front of TV cameras, talking into reporters' tape recorders and acting humble and excited to a battalion of well-wishers.

Adjectives have flowed from the young man's mouth that would make a thesaurus proud. It's been all about the emotions of getting the job that the iconic Joe Maddon owned for nine years, returning to Kevin's hometown of Tampa and you can fill in the blanks.

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Borden acquired as final piece of Rodriguez trade

Rays also invite trio of Minor Leaguers to big league camp

Borden acquired as final piece of Rodriguez trade

The Rays have acquired Minor League pitcher Buddy Borden from the Pirates as the player to be named in the trade for Sean Rodriguez. The team also signed three players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training: catcher Bobby Wilson, outfielder Corey Brown and infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez.

Borden, 22, made 26 starts with Class A West Virginia this year. The right-hander was a seventh-round pick by the Pirates in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Rays on Nov. 26 and dealt to Pittsburgh on Dec. 1.

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Winter Meetings pass without fanfare for Rays

Club has quiet week as expected, though acquiring catcher remains priority

Winter Meetings pass without fanfare for Rays

SAN DIEGO -- Making trades and signing free agents are the marquee attractions of the Winter Meetings. But wheeling and dealing is not always the order of the day for every team.

The Rays were one of those teams this year in San Diego.

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Hernandez first pick in Rule 5 Draft, but Rays hope for return

Prospect selected by D-backs; Tampa Bay takes two in Minor League portion

Hernandez first pick in Rule 5 Draft, but Rays hope for return

SAN DIEGO -- The Rays saw one of their prospects announced as the top pick of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning, but they believe there's a good chance Oscar Hernandez will be back with the organization.

Hernandez, 21, hit .249 with nine home runs and 63 RBIs for Class A Bowling Green in 2014. He is said to have impressive tools, but he is raw in his development.

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Rays tap Snyder as Triple-A pitching coach

Former big leaguer promoted after three seasons working in organization

Rays tap Snyder as Triple-A pitching coach

SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Snyder has been named the new pitching coach for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

Snyder joins the Bulls' staff after the departure of Neil Allen, who was recently named the new pitching coach of the Twins.

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Moves will come, but preserving Longo tops discussion on Day 3

Moves will come, but preserving Longo tops discussion on Day 3

SAN DIEGO -- With the Winter Meetings winding down, a player who is staying with the Rays, and not ones who might potentially go elsewhere, became a topic of conversation on Wednesday.

Evan Longoria was on the lips of both Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman and Kevin Cash, the team's manager for less than a week.

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Rays' plans can move forward with Lester making decision

Silverman: 'Domino effect' will come into play with left-hander going to Cubs

Rays' plans can move forward with Lester making decision

SAN DIEGO -- While the Rays don't fish in the financial pond where Jon Lester swims, they are finding there's a strong connection to the free-agent lefty signing and their ability to do business at the Winter Meetings.

"There's a few things that need to happen for everything to break free," said president of baseball operations Matt Silverman prior to Lester agreeing to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs. "Everything's at a standstill right now waiting for [Lester to sign].

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Rays reach agreement to seek new ballpark site

Rays reach agreement to seek new ballpark site

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays cleared a major hurdle Tuesday in their long-running quest to find a new ballpark, reaching an agreement with the city of St. Petersburg that will allow the club to seek potential stadium sites in the Tampa Bay area.

If the "memorandum of understanding" negotiated by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Rays is approved by the City Council next week, the Rays can look anywhere in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties for a suitable location. St. Petersburg is located in Pinellas County, while Tampa is in Hillsborough County.

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Rays explore catching options, trades on Day 1 of Meetings

Rays explore catching options, trades on Day 1 of Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Finding catching help and entertaining trade talks about the team's surplus of outfielders characterized the Rays' first day at this year's Winter Meetings on Monday.

Currently, the Rays have three catchers on their 40-man roster: Ryan Hanigan, Curt Casali and Justin O'Conner.

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Cash's destiny changed with simple position switch

Rays' new manager always appeared headed for a career in baseball

Cash's destiny changed with simple position switch

SAN DIEGO -- Beautiful Cape Cod. A place where the leaves change colors, the New England ambiance is quaint and occasionally infielders change positions.

At least that's how it went down for new Rays manager Kevin Cash.

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Enthusiastic Cash ready to take the helm with Rays

New skipper meets the media at Winter Meetings, discusses coaching staff

Enthusiastic Cash ready to take the helm with Rays

SAN DIEGO -- Kevin Cash managed a chuckle when asked about the number he would wear this season as the new Rays manager.

"Just found out, 16," said Cash, addressing the media at the Winter Meetings. "[The Rays equipment manager] was looking for a single digit, but I've put on some weight since my playing days."

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Rays offering up 3 auction items to benefit LUNGevity

Rays offering up 3 auction items to benefit LUNGevity

SAN DIEGO -- Grant Balfour remembers the day he heard his father, David, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Serving as the closer for the A's at the time, the veteran right-hander thought he could soldier on through the bad news received from his native Australia, where his father lives.

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Homecoming king: Cash chosen to manage Rays

Tampa Bay product and former Devil Ray calls news of hiring 'incredible'

Homecoming king: Cash chosen to manage Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Cash is going home. And he's doing so as the new manager of the Rays.

Friday afternoon, the Rays named the former catcher as the fifth manager in team history. He will succeed Joe Maddon, who ended his nine-year tenure with the team by exercising an opt-out clause in his contract before agreeing to a five-year, $25 million deal to manage the Cubs.

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Rays excited about Cash's dedication, preparation

Silverman cites ex-Tampa Bay catcher's communication skills, intelligence

Rays excited about Cash's dedication, preparation

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays began their search for the fifth manager in franchise history by casting as wide a net as possible. They internally discussed dozens of candidates, baseball operations president Matt Silverman said, then winnowed that list down to eight, expanded it to 10 and narrowed it down to three finalists.

Some criticized Tampa Bay for its extensive, seemingly random list of candidates to succeed Joe Maddon, but the Rays say they simply entered this process with an open mind. This was their first chance since hiring Maddon in 2005 to get a sense of what's out there, to reevaluate the type of person they want in the manager's office at Tropicana Field.

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Hal Bodley

Cash hopes to be new voice Rays need in clubhouse

Cash hopes to be new voice Rays need in clubhouse

Kevin Cash's first at-bat for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005 was memorable. He homered off Milwaukee right-hander Victor Santos in a 5-3 win at Tropicana Field. The young catcher's next 30 at-bats were very forgettable -- just four hits and 13 strikeouts.

"I remember it well," Cash says. "I closed my eyes, swung, happened to run into the ball and it went out of the park. The problem is I remember the next 30 at-bats also." Kevin lasted only 13 games that summer with the Devil Rays, long before they became just the Rays and learned how to win.

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Indians happy that Cash is getting chance to manage

Former Cleveland bullpen coach named Tampa Bay's skipper

Indians happy that Cash is getting chance to manage

CLEVELAND -- From the day the Indians added Kevin Cash to their coaching staff, the organization felt his time in Cleveland could be short. The Tribe realized right away that Cash -- despite his short resume and young age -- had the potential to be a manager in the Major Leagues.

On Friday, Cash received that chance with Tampa Bay, which named him its manager after losing Joe Maddon to the Cubs earlier this offseason. Cash spent the past two seasons as Cleveland's bullpen coach, but it did not take long for him to strengthen his reputation for being a stellar coach and strong communicator.

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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Joyce among six Rays tendered contracts for 2015

Jennings, Forsythe, Cobb, McGee, Smyly also receive offers before deadline

Joyce among six Rays tendered contracts for 2015

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays tendered 2015 contract offers to their six arbitration-eligible players on Tuesday.

Outfielders Matt Joyce and Desmond Jennings, infielder Logan Forsythe, right-hander Alex Cobb and left-handers Jake McGee and Drew Smyly were all tendered a contract well in advance of the midnight deadline. Had any of the six not been tendered a contract, the player would have become a free agent.

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Kohn enters free agency after missing cut with Rays

Right-hander played four seasons for Angels before joining Tampa Bay in October

Kohn enters free agency after missing cut with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Michael Kohn has elected free agency after the Rays outrighted the right-hander while in the process of setting their 40-man roster on Nov. 20.

Kohn, 28, became the Rays' first move of the offseason when he signed a one-year Major League contract on Oct. 16 to join the team.

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Rays deal Rodriguez to Bucs for cash, player to be named

Pittsburgh gets utilityman for cash, player to be named

Rays deal Rodriguez to Bucs for cash, player to be named

The Pirates acquired infielder Sean Rodriguez from the Rays on Monday in exchange for a player to be named and cash. First baseman Gaby Sanchez was designated for assignment to make room for the versatile infielder on Pittsburgh's 40-man roster.

Rodriguez, 29, played all over the diamond for Tampa Bay last season, making 23 appearances (14 starts) at second base, 18 appearances (14 starts) at first, 17 appearances (12 starts) in left field, nine appearances (seven starts) at third, two appearances in right and one start at shortstop. He was designated for assignment in late November.

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Jim Callis

Pipeline Inbox: Where does Franklin fit with Rays?

MLB.com's Jim Callis answers questions about the game's top prospects

Pipeline Inbox: Where does Franklin fit with Rays?

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and is enjoying the holiday weekend. The baseball world never rests, as evidenced by the Marlins-Royals trade Friday, and neither does the MLB Pipeline Inbox. Let's get to your questions!

Where do you think second baseman Nick Franklin fits in the Rays organization? Does he still have the tools and potential that made him a top prospect?
-- Cameron C., Cross River, N.Y.

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Archer to bring his giving spirit to South Africa

Rays right-hander will travel as an MLB ambassador in December

Archer to bring his giving spirit to South Africa

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer is all about giving back. Shortly after Thanksgiving, the Rays right-hander will be taking his penchant for making a difference to South Africa.

Archer's good work has been on display since he joined the Rays in a trade prior to the 2011 season. Included have been regular visits to the Juvenile Detention Center and to All Children's Hospital.

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Rays sign reliever Frieri to one-year deal

Tampa Bay also designates infielder Rodriguez for assignment

Rays sign reliever Frieri to one-year deal

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays signed right-hander Ernesto Frieri to a one-year Major League contract on Wednesday and designated infielder Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

In addition, catcher Jose Molina and infielder Cole Figueroa cleared waivers and were released.

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