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  • #16
    Speaking of Balfour...

    The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed Grant Balfour Sunday. The six-year veteran had a down season for the Rays last year.

    Rays Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman has made it a point to solidify his bullpen.

    Last year Tampa Bay's relief corps finished in the middle of the pack in the league in ERA and was tied for third in blown saves.

    Tampa signed Rafael Soriano Friday and re-signed Lance Cormier and Randy Choate before Saturday night's non-tender deadline.

    The right hand reliever Balfour went 5-4 last season with a 4.81 ERA in 73 relief appearances.

    In 2008, he boasted a 1.54 ERA in 51 games.

    The 31-year-old sports a 4.20 ERA and eight saves throughout his MLB career.

    Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/artic...#ixzz0Zhm7opNA

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    • #17
      Rays sign three, non-tender two

      A little more than an hour before the 11:59 ET non-tender deadline on Saturday night, the Rays struck one-year deals with catcher Dioner Navarro, right-hander Lance Cormier and lefty Randy Choate, while choosing to non-tender right fielder Gabe Gross and catcher Shawn Riggans.

      The rest of the Rays' players in danger of being non-tendered -- including a remaining six who are arbitration-eligible -- were tendered contracts.

      Navarro, who could have made between $2.5 million and $3 million in arbitration despite batting just .218 this past season, signed for the same $2.1 million he made in 2009, while Cormier got $1.2 million and Choate inked a deal for $700,000.

      Navarro had a down year this past season, batting just .214 while essentially losing his starting job to Gregg Zaun down the stretch, and the Rays were looking to upgrade at catcher this offseason. Now, it seems as if that upgrade could be an eventual platoon between he and Kelly Shoppach, whom the Rays acquired from the Indians for a player to be named on Dec. 1.

      Shoppach, who was tendered a contract and could get about $2.5 million via arbitration, is coming off an equally tough season -- having hit .214 in 89 games -- but Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said, "I feel like we're a better team with both than with one guy and another guy on the market."

      The option to trade one of the two still exists, but Friedman said he expects to go into Spring Training with Navarro and Shoppach -- though he wouldn't commit entirely to that notion -- and he expects a better year from Navarro, who was an All-Star in 2008.

      "[Navarro] had a down year last year, but we feel like he's capable of a lot more," Friedman said. "The way we look at it, we have what we consider to be great depth in a position that not many teams in the game do right now."

      Gross, who made $1.255 million while batting .227 in 115 games this past season, looked to be without a role for next year, as Gabe Kapler was re-signed and Matt Joyce could be ready for the big leagues next season.

      "I'm a firm believer that we would not have made it to the World Series without [Gross] in '08," Friedman said.

      "It was just a situation where, with the guys that we had, it wasn't a fit."

      The decision to non-tender Riggans was a bit of a surprise, considering he was not yet eligible for arbitration, but the 29-year-old had an injury-plagued 2009 season and seems to be the odd man out with Navarro and Shoppach currently on board behind the plate.

      But Friedman kept open the possibility of re-signing Riggans, perhaps on a Minor League deal.

      "We're a big believer in his ability and his makeup, but obviously the injury history is real, and it's something that if there's a better opportunity for him out there, then we wish him well," Friedman said. "But I made sure not to close the door on the situation, and we'll continue to talk with his representatives going forward."

      The Rays' other arbitration-eligible players who were tendered contracts are right-handers Grant Balfour and Matt Garza, left-hander J.P. Howell, center fielder B.J. Upton and shortstop Jason Bartlett.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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      • #18
        Agreed to terms with 1B Chris Richard, RHP Winston Abreu, RHP Joe Bateman, RHP Jeff Bennett, RHP Richard De Los Santos, LHP Jason Cromer, LHP Carlos Hernandez and LHP R.J. Swindle on minor league contracts.

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/transactions

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        • #19
          Rays sign Joe Dillon and Ryan Shealy

          ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Infielder Joe Dillon and first baseman Ryan Shealy have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays.

          Dillon hit .300 with one homer and two RBIs in 15 games as a designated hitter, third baseman and second baseman for the Rays last season.

          Shealy has played parts of four seasons in the majors with Colorado and Kansas City. He was with Triple-A Omaha in 2009, but missed most of the season because of a knee injury.
          http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...jWqswD9CLVBTG0

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          • #20
            12/14/09 Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent RHP Winston Abreu.
            12/14/09 Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent RHP Joe Bateman.
            12/14/09 Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent RHP Jeff Bennett.
            12/14/09 Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent LHP Jason Cromer.
            12/14/09 Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent RHP Richard De Los Santos.
            12/14/09 Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent LHP Carlos Hernandez.

            http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/transactions/#month=12&year=2009

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            • #21
              Minor league personnel moves

              Named Stan Boroski assistant pitching coach.

              Named Neil Allen pitching coach of Charlotte (IL); Bill Moloney pitching coach of Montgomery (SL); Michael Johns manager of Princeton (Appalachian); Brady Williams manager, Manny Castillo coach and Scott Thurston trainer of Bowling Green (MWL); Jared Sandberg manager, Jack Giese pitching coach, Reinaldo Ruiz coach and Andrew Hauser trainer of Hudson Valley (NYP); Michael Johns manager and Wuarnner Rincones coach and Nick Medina trainer of Princeton (Appalachian); and Dan DeMent and Hector Torres coaches for the Rays (GCL).

              http://espn.go.com/mlb/transactions

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              • #22
                Rays trade Mitch Talbot to Indians

                ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Mitch Talbot will be the player to be named later in the Dec. 1 deal that saw the Rays acquire catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Indians.

                The Indians are also sending cash considerations to the Rays as part of the deal.

                Talbot fought an elbow injury this summer before finishing the season at Triple-A Durham, where he pitched in two of the Bulls' playoff games. For the season, Talbot went 4-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 15 Minor League starts, accruing just 68 innings after pitching 161 the previous season, when he went 13-9 with a 3.86 ERA in 28 starts for the Bulls.

                Talbot finished his season by going 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in six starts for the Phoenix Desert Dogs during the Arizona Fall League and pleased the Rays with his work.

                "Mitch did everything we asked of him -- he went out there, he made his starts and he got innings that he sorely needed after missing over two months of the season for Durham," Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said in November.

                "So he went out there with the intent to prove that he was healthy and to prove that he can compete, and he did that. So we accomplished our goals with Mitch Talbot in the Arizona Fall League."

                Talbot was acquired along with Ben Zobrist in a 2006 deal that sent Aubrey Huff to the Astros.
                http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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                • #23
                  Ben Zobrist and Kelly Shoppach for Aubrey Huff? That's the way the Huff trade has panned out. I'd take that deal every day of the week and twice on Sundays
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                  • #24
                    Rays, Shoppach avoid arbitration

                    St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays have avoided arbitration with catcher Kelly Shoppach, signing him to a two-year contract. The deal, which also includes a club option for a third season, is believed to be worth $5.5 million.
                    http://www.seattlepi.com/scorecard/m...ticleID=272312

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                    • #25
                      I'd also like to report that after this offseason, I am retiring from reporting the daily team by team transactions (and the Baseball Fever community breathes a collective sigh of relief). It takes far too long to do.

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                      • #26
                        Rays sign Dan Johnson

                        The Rays reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth about $500,000 with first baseman Dan Johnson on Monday.
                        http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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                        • #27
                          Rays avoid arb with Howell, Garza and Bartlett

                          ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday signed one-year deals with shortstop Jason Bartlett and pitchers Matt Garza and J.P. Howell, team officials said.

                          The Rays avoided salary arbitration with each with the contracts.
                          http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Internat...8311263953800/
                          Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent LHP Stepan Havlicek.
                          http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/transactions/#month=1&year=2010
                          Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-20-2010, 04:31 PM.

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                          • #28
                            Rays sign Colina

                            C Alvin Colina, who has three years Triple-A experience and two 2006 games with the Rockies, will join the spring roster after signing a minor-league deal.
                            http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseb...earing/1067686

                            They also re-signed Rashad Eldridge.

                            http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/...7444#more-7444
                            Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-25-2010, 07:23 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Rays sign former 1st overall pick Matt Bush

                              The Rays signed pitcher Matt Bush to a minor league deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

                              Bush, now 24, was the first overall pick by the Padres in the 2004 draft. A shortstop at the time, Bush's signability pushed him past Stephen Drew, Jered Weaver, and Jeff Niemann on Kevin Towers' list. He was arrested on felony assault charges weeks after the draft, resulting in a suspension. Injuries hampered his progress, and the Padres converted him to pitching in May of '07. He had Tommy John surgery later that year.

                              Bush was charged with assault again in February of '09, and the Padres designated Bush for assignment and traded him to the Blue Jays. The Jays released him in April, and more incidents surfaced in June.
                              http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pagethree.html

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                              • #30
                                Rays claim Ekstrom

                                The Rays claimed reliever Mike Ekstrom off waivers from the Padres, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. He'd been designated for assignment a week ago to make room for Jon Garland.

                                Ekstrom, 26, was done in by hits and home runs allowed in an 18.3-inning big league stint last year. At Triple A, he had a 1.73 ERA, 6.2 K/9, and 2.3 BB/9 in 62.3 innings.
                                http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

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