Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Heater

Marc Topkin

Alex Cobb still deciding on Rays qualifying offer

Alex Cobb still deciding on Rays qualifying offer

RHP Alex Cobb still seems likely by the Thursday deadline to decline the one-year, $17.4-million qualifying offer the Rays made and pursue a longer and more lucrative deal elsewhere in free agency.On Monday, there was a national report by Jon Heyman ...
Published: 11/13/17
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier gets married

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier gets married

Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier got married to Marisa Moralobo Friday in St. Petersburg.Here are a couple of images from the wedding and honeymoon Kiermaier and his agents shared on Twitter.In February, Kiermaier announced the engagement via Twitt...
Published: 11/13/17
Rays have plenty to chat about as GM meetings open near Orlando

Rays have plenty to chat about as GM meetings open near Orlando

Though it's unusual for any deals to get done at the annual GM meetings that open today near Disney World, the hotel lobby and meeting rooms tend to be a good place for things to get started.And the Rays, looking to improve enough to get back to the ...
Published: 11/13/17
Details on Tuesday celebration of life service in Clearwater for Roy Halladay

Details on Tuesday celebration of life service in Clearwater for Roy Halladay

Details have been announced for Tuesday's celebration of life service for Roy Halladay, the former Blue Jays and Phillies ace and Odessa resident who died last week when the plane he was piloting crashed into the the Gulf of Mexico off the Pasco Coun...
Published: 11/13/17
Rays pitch in Friday to build a playground in Tampa

Rays pitch in Friday to build a playground in Tampa

Dozens of Rays staffers including team presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman and outfielder Mallex Smith spent much of Friday helping build a playground at Tampa's University Area Harvest Hope Park.The KaBOOM! one-day project was done in collabora...
Published: 11/10/17
Curt Casali “disappointed” to be dropped by Rays, but understanding

Curt Casali “disappointed” to be dropped by Rays, but understanding

Having gone from being the primary catcher in 2016 to only a September callup in the season just completed, Curt Casali wasn't that surprised to be dropped off the Rays roster this week.But after five years in the organization, and parts of four in t...
Published: 11/10/17
Family of Roy Halladay plans Tuesday celebration of life, issues statement

Family of Roy Halladay plans Tuesday celebration of life, issues statement

In their first public comments since Tuesday’s fatal plane crash, the family of Major League Baseball star Roy Halladay announced plans to hold a public celebration of the All-Star pitcher’s life on Tuesday in Clearwater and defended his ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17
Rays shift of Matt Silverman back to team president, Erik Neander to top of baseball operations is official

Rays shift of Matt Silverman back to team president, Erik Neander to top of baseball operations is official

The Rays have made official the changes at the top of their organization, with Matt Silverman going back to join Brian Auld as presidents of the Rays, and Erik Neander assuming the top spot in baseball operations."Brian and Matt have been at the helm...
Published: 11/09/17
Durham MVP Patrick Leonard among 18 Rays minor-league free agents

Durham MVP Patrick Leonard among 18 Rays minor-league free agents

UPDATE, 6:27: The Rays have also agreed to a minor-league deal with LHP Vidal Nuno, a 30-year-old who has big-league time with the  Yankees, D-backs, Mariners and Orioles, compiling a 5-21, 4.29 mark in 138 games.UPDATE, 1:30: The Rays have agre...
Published: 11/08/17
Cubs/ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon bringing back Thanksmas program to help Tampa Bay area homeless

Cubs/ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon bringing back Thanksmas program to help Tampa Bay area homeless

Current Cubs and former Rays manager Joe Maddon is bringing back his Thanksmas program to serve meals at homeless shelters across the Tampa Bay area next week.Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation announced plans to visit Salvation Army centers in Tampa and...
Published: 11/08/17