Category Archives: Tampa Bay Rays

James Shields Signs Four-Year Pact with the San Diego Padres

It took him the entire offseason to find the right deal, but James Shields finally landed a new contract. Shields and the San Diego Padres have agreed on a four-year, $75 million pact that will allow him to pitch close … Continue reading

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Game On: Yoan Moncada is a Free Agent

Yoan Moncada has been waiting for quite some time, but – as of today – he is officially a free agent. The star prospect is now free to sign with any Major League Baseball team and make lots and lots … Continue reading

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MLB Arbitration Rundown

If you were anywhere near Twitter yesterday, your feed was probably inundated with arbitration updates. That’s because Friday marked the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures; each submitting what they think the individual player is worth … Continue reading

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Athletics Send Recently-Acquired Yunel Escobar to Nationals for Tyler Clippard

Here’s hoping Yunel Escobar didn’t unpack, because the veteran shortstop is on the move once again. Less than a week after getting traded from Tampa Bay to Oakland, Escobar is headed back east to join the Nationals in exchange for … Continue reading

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Billy Beane Turns Rebuild into Reload

What a difference a day makes. On Friday, we covered what – at the time – appeared to be the Oakland Athletics waving the white flag on 2015 in preparation for a return to competitiveness down the road. Naturally, Billy … Continue reading

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Examining Ryan Howard’s Trade Value

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the early stages of a long-overdue rebuild. The club has already shipped off long-time face of the franchise Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, parted ways with A.J. Burnett, and moved Marlon Byrd to the division-rival … Continue reading

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Josh Hamilton Unlikely to Finish Out Contract with Los Angeles

Josh Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels prior to the 2013 season. The expectation being that he’d continue piling up huge numbers as he had in Texas and help lead Los Angeles to the World Series. … Continue reading

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