Circumstances helped usher the Rays into a new bullpen era in 2015. Now some of those ideas have been adopted throughout the Major Leagues -- particularly during the past two postseasons -- and Tampa Bay is continuing to explore better ways to line up its pitching from starter to closer for any given game.
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No blockbuster trades took place for the Rays at Major League Baseball's 2017 Winter Meetings, but the path has likely been paved for the team to trade some of its more notable players.
Veteran left-hander Jonny Venters highlighted a group of 13 players who agreed to Minor League contracts with the Rays that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Heading into Thursday's 2017 Rule 5 Draft, the Rays were braced to lose catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Burch Smith in the Major League phase. They only lost Smith, who was selected by the Mets, who traded him to the Royals.
Major League Baseball's Rule 5 Draft was on the minds of many on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings. Many expect the Rays to lose two players, catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Burch Smith, by the time the Major League phase is completed Thursday morning.
The Rays acquired international slot money Wednesday morning by trading left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to the Mariners. The money could prove to be a valuable tool in signing 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Jelfry Marte.
Who do the Rays have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Tampa Bay's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
For the second time in as many days, the Rays made a deal at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings. On Tuesday, the Rays announced that they acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the Padres in exchange for Minor League infielder Deion Tansel. On Monday, Tampa Bay acquired infielder Joey Wendle from the A's in exchange for a player to be named.
Day 2 of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings saw the Rays make a trade, reportedly reach an agreement on an international signing and talk to a lot of teams and free agents. Early in the day, the Rays traded Minor Leaguer Deion Tansel to the Padres for slugging infielder Ryan Schimpf. Later, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported via Twitter that the Rays and Jelfry Marte have agreed to a deal, but the deal has not been finalized.
The Yankees officially acquired slugger Giancarlo Stanton on Monday. Meanwhile, the Rays brought aboard infielder Joey Wendle in a trade with the A's. That's life in the American League East for the Rays, who have constantly played the role of The Little Engine That Could. General manager Erik Neander kept his sense of humor about the situation on Day 1 of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings.
Kevin Cash hit leadoff Monday when he became the first of the 30 Major League managers to meet with the media at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings.
As the bulk of the free-agent class continues to look for potential landing spots, a multitude of teams continue to be connected to players ranging from J.D. Martinez to Yu Darvish. The Rays are not one of those teams, yet Tampa Bay could help shape the market thanks to a number of prominent players who could be on the move in what promises to be an active trade market.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash speaks with the media at the 2017 Winter Meetings.
Given Tampa Bay's history, 2012 became one of the Rays' most active Winter Meetings.
Corey Dickerson can carry a team's offense. Looking forward to the 2018 season, he is a guy in the lineup who can make the difference between going to the postseason or not.
For the first time in three years, the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's early Draft Top 50 list is not topped by a high school pitcher. It should come as no surprise that the top guy is still a pitcher, and one from the 2017 College World Series champion Florida Gators. Right-hander Brady Singer, who helped pitch them to that title as a sophomore, is the clear choice as the best overall talent in the 2018 Draft class.
Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers questions about the Hot Stove, Brad Miller and more in the latest Rays Inbox.
Nine arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts by the Rays prior to Major League Baseball's Friday night deadline.
The Rays traded Brad Boxberger to the D-backs in exchange for Minor League right-hander Curtis Taylor.
Even in offseason, Archer hits the gym early
The Tampa Bay Rays have remained in contact with "multiple teams" about potential trades centered around closer Alex Colome, sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.
The Rays claimed Micah Johnson off waivers from the Giants on Monday afternoon.
Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers questions about Logan Morrison, the Hot Stove, Rays prospects and more in the latest Inbox.
Giving back has been the Rays' mantra ever since principal owner Stuart Sternberg's group took over the franchise following the 2005 season. That shared sense of community and wanting to give back was never more evident than through the team's recent financial contributions and volunteer efforts to help those in need in the Florida Keys.
Brent Honeywell and Jake Bauers highlighted the group of players added to the Rays' 40-man roster on Monday.
Fred McGriff and Aubrey Huff will represent the Rays on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.
The Rays will begin their 2018 Spring Training schedule with a pair of split-squad games on Feb. 23: one at home vs. the Pirates at Charlotte Sports Park, the other on the road vs. the Orioles. Highlights of the home slate include two games against the Red Sox and one against the Yankees. Tropicana Field will host the Rays' spring finale against the Tigers on March 27.
During an offseason that has seen the Rays give a makeover to its Major League coaching staff, Tuesday's announcement about promotions within the clubhouse staff seemed appropriate.
Rocco Baldelli has been promoted to the position of Major League field coordinator, finalizing manager Kevin Cash's Major League coaching staff for 2018.