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ST. PETERSBURG — Anybody who has followed the Rays for the past decade understands how they conduct business at the Winter Meetings.

Normally, baseball’s annual gathering brings a lot of “what ifs” and rumors about potential trades involving Tampa Bay players. Meanwhile, in the background, Rays executives explore their options, listening to agents about their free-agent players and other teams about possible deals.

ST. PETERSBURG — Anybody who has followed the Rays for the past decade understands how they conduct business at the Winter Meetings.

Normally, baseball’s annual gathering brings a lot of “what ifs” and rumors about potential trades involving Tampa Bay players. Meanwhile, in the background, Rays executives explore their opt Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey ions, listening to agents about their free-agent players and other teams about possible deals.

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“I think generally speaking, our past behavior is a pretty good indicator of our behavior as we move forward here,” said Erik Neander, Rays general manager and senior vice president. “There are situations, like Wilson Ramos, which came together around last year’s Winter Meetings. But for the most part, trade conversations tend to be more active earlier in the winter, but not always.

“We have trade partners in January, as well. But I think probably in a nutshell, trade conversations attempting to resolve as much of that as possible in the early going can be helpful before turning our focus to free agency. But you really have to be prepared for trades and free agency whenever they might come up. Sometimes it’s in November. Sometimes it’s in February, and anywhere in between.”

While the Rays’ history suggests a pattern, that doesn’t necessarily mean that pattern can’t be altered.

“I think perhaps as much this year as any year, really we’ve got a lot of plans that we’ve put together in terms of which path to go down,” Neander said. “I think we’ll be dictated by the market, the interest and how things shape up.

“The GM meetings, that was a time for us to collect information and get a better sense for where teams are. And I think leading up to the Winter Meetings … will probably be a continuation of that process. Not sure it will be the catalyst for action.”

While Tampa Bay isn’t likely to make many moves at the Winter Meetings, there’s a good chance fans will gain a better sense of what kind of club Rays management is trying to assemble prior to 2018.

Club needs

First base
Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda gave the Rays plenty of power at the position in 2017. Both are free agents, so unless the market is unkind, there’s a good chance both will sign elsewhere. Jake Bauers — the Rays’ No. 5 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com — who spent the season at Triple-A Durham and packs plenty of power, is a good bet to win the job. But the club will likely want to find some insurance for the position.

Video: Top Prospects: Jake Bauers, OF/1B, Rays

Left field
At the end of the season, the Rays were using Corey Dickerson, Mallex Smith and Peter Bourjos in left field. Despite Dickerson’s weight loss and improved speed in the outfield, he’ll more than likely be the team’s full-time designated hitter. Bourjos — a free agent who could return — Smith and newcomer Micah Johnson are not viewed as everyday players, so bringing in a left fielder is something Tampa Bay might consider.

Bullpen
The Rays cobbled together a formidable ‘pen by the latter stages of 2017, but they’re likely to lose the likes of Steve Cishek, Tommy Hunter and Sergio Romo to free agency. Tampa Bay traded Brad Boxberger to the D-backs, Xavier Cedeno was non-tendered and closer Alex Colome is mentioned in trade  Custom Brewers Jersey rumors. So there are holes to fill. The Rays will have Ryne Stanek and Jaim Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey e Schultz coming up from Durham, but they’ll likely try to pick up a veteran free agent or two. Typically, these signings are Minor League deals with invitations to Spring Training.

Who they can trade if necessary

Rumors of where right-hander Chris Archer and third baseman Evan Longoria will be playing next season will again be rampant at the Winter Meetings and throughout the offseason. The Rays will definitely listen to any offers from possible suitors, but trading Archer or Longoria would have to yield a lot more than most teams are willing to give up.

Video: At a crossroads, Rays could hold keys to offseason

More on the practical side are the cases of Adeiny Hechavarria and Brad Miller.

Hechavarria, projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make around $5 million next season, plays shortstop for a team that is suddenly swelling with shortstops. He’s a quality player at that position, and there should be interest in him. Given the Rays’ depth at short, they could easily afford to trade him.

Meanwhile, Miller is projected to make somewhere around $4.4 million. Other teams likely value what Tampa Bay does about him, such as the versatility he brings, and he’s a year removed from a 30-homer season.

Top prospects

Per MLBPipeline.com, the Rays’ top 10 prospects are right-hander Brent Honeywell, shortstop Willy Adames, first baseman/left-handed pitcher Brendan McKay, outfielder Jesus Sanchez, outfielder/first baseman Bauers, right-hander Jose De Leon, shortstop Wander Franco, outfielder Joshua Lowe, outfielder Garrett Whitley and outfielder Justin Williams.

Honeywell, Bauers and Adames could all play major roles this summer.

Video: Top Prospects: Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays

Rule 5 Draft

The Rays’ 40-man roster is at 37 players, freeing them to make a Rule 5 DraftCustomized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey ick if they desire. That means the club could take a chance on a prospect and take a look at him during Spring Training. However, said prospect would have to make quite an impact, since Tampa Bay would have to keep him on its Major League roster for the length of the season in order to keep that player.

Big contracts they might unload

What is big? That’s a question Rays management needs to decide. Heading into the offseason, the likes of right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make in the neighbor Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap hood of $6.5 million via arbitration, and Colome (projected to make $5.5 million) appear to be most likely trade candidates.

Payroll summary

Last season’s Opening Day payroll came in at approximately $70 million and grew over the course of the season. Rays owner Stu Sternberg has said the payroll will need to be reduced prior to 2018, which means the team will have to trade one or two big names, or reach whatever payroll number it is going for by trimming reasonably costly veterans in favor of rookies who will make the minimum. For those wanting to keep score, if the Rays had stayed pat with what they had entering the offseason, their payroll would have been approximately $80 million.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.


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For the first time in three years, the top spot on MLBPipeline.com’s early Draft Top 50 list is not occupied 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, which some think could be the best since 2011.

It’s nothing new to see one of Florida’s starting pitchers head into a new season as a potential No. 1 overall pick. Lefty A.J. Puk was No. 2 on the 2016 list behind high school left-hander Jay Groome. He ended up going No. 6 overall t Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap hat June. A year ago, Gators right-hander Alex Faedo came in at No. 4 on the Top 50 led by prep phenom Hunter Greene. He ended up going No. 18 overall to the Tigers, who have the No. 1 pick in 2018. While Puk and Faedo were obviously highly regarded, scouts do feel Singer’s all-around game on the mound gives him a better chance to stay in that 1-1 conversation.

For the first time in three years, the top spot on MLBPipeline.com’s  Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey early Draft Top 50 list is not occupied 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, w Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey ho helped pitch them to that title as a sophomore, is the clear choice as the best overall talent in the 2018 Draft class, which some think could be the best since 2011.

It’s nothing new to see one of Florida’s starting pitchers head into a new season as a potential No. 1 overall pick. Lefty A.J. Puk was No. 2 on the 2016 list behind high school left-hander Jay Groome. He ended up going No. 6 overall that June. A year ago, Gators right-hander Alex Faedo came in at No. 4 on the Top 50 led by prep phenom Hunter Greene. He ended up going No. 18 overall to the Tigers, who have the No. 1 pick in 2018. While Puk and Faedo were obviously highly regarded, scouts do feel Singer’s all-around game on the mound gives him a better chance to stay in that 1-1 conversation.

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“There’s less things that can go wrong,” one National League scouting director said. “I can’t see him coming out and ‘laying an egg,’ so to speak. He’s a little more of a pitcher, when they were more power guys.”

While the list doesn’t have a high schooler at No. 1, it does have a ton of high-end prep pitching on it, starting at No. 2 with Ethan Hankins. The Atlanta area standout had a very impressive summer and is armed with the best fastball in the Top 50. He might not be atop the list, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t belong in the same class as Groome and Greene, who went No. 12 and No. 2 in their respective Drafts.

“He’s right up there,” the scouting director said. “He’s very, very impressive. He has size, strength and stuff. What Hunter had over him, he could do it as a position player, so you knew that when he gives that up, there might be more to come. But he’s right up there with the better high school kids I’ve seen in the last couple of years.”

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The top high school bat comes in at No. 4 on the list in the form of Phoenix-area infielder Nolan Gorman. His raw power was on display for much of the summer as he stood out in multiple elite-level home run derbies, with the ability to drive the ball also showing up in games. Nick Madrigal is the top college position player on the list, coming in at No. 11. He’s undersized, but that doesn’t seem to matter as much these days, and the Oregon State infielder has a strong track record and perhaps the best hit tool in the class.

Video: Draft Report: Nick Madrigal, College 2B/SS

College hitters are often hard to come by, especially this early, but scouts are encouraged that there seems to be more advanced bats to consider in the first round than usual. Given that college performers tend to float up as the Draft nears, seeing Madrigal or some of the others on this Top 50 land in the top 10 seems very feasible.

“I think I like the list this year more than last year,” the s Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey couting director said. “I like the depth. There’s college pitching, if you’re at the top. I think there are some college position players. Who were the college players last year at the top? There’s very good high school pitching. I think it’s deeper all the way around.”

Class breakdown

It’s a fairly even split in this year’s Top 50, with 26 high schoolers and 24 from the college ranks. It’s split right down the middle at the top, with the top 10 filled with five college players and five prepsters. While it is pitching heavy at the top, with seven of the top 10 on the mound, there are more bats to be found later on. That speaks to the aforementioned depth. There might not be a college bat in the top 10, but there are five in the 11-20 range — led by Madrigal at No. 11 — and no one would be surprised to see some of them end up in the top 10 once the Draft rolls around.

In total, there are a dozen college hitters in the Top 50, up from eight a year ago. The 12 college pitchers on the list, five in the top 10, is down a touch from 15 on our 2017 Top 50. Of the 26 high schoolers, half are pitchers. High school right-handers are a particular strength in this class, with 11 in this Top 50. The complete positional breakdown of this list i Personalized Brewers Jersey s as a follows:

RHP: 18
OF: 11
LHP: 7
SS: 4
1B: 3
3B: 3
C: 3
2B: 1

Top tools

All players, as always, are given grades on the 20-to-80 scouting scale for all tools or pitches. These are future grades, a reflection of what the scouting industry thinks each of these amateur players can become in the future. Here are the top grades for each tool and pitch.

Position players
Hit: 60 – Nick Madrigal, 2B/SS, Oregon State, Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha (Wis.) West HS
Power: 60 – Nolan Gorman, O’Connor HS (Phoenix)
Run: 70 – Xavier Edwards, SS, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Connor Scott, OF, Plant HS (Tampa, Fla.)
Arm: 70 – Joe Gray Jr., OF, Hatiesburg (Miss.) HS, Will Banfield, C, Brookwood HS (Snellville, Ga.)
Field: 60 – Mike Siani, OF, William Penn Charter (Philadelphia), Alek Thomas, OF, Mount Carmel HS (Chicago)

Pitchers
Fastball: 80 – Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS (Cumming, Ga.)
Curveball: 65 – Tim Cate, LHP, Connecticut
Slider: 65 – Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
Changeup: 65 – Steven Gingery, LHP, Texas Tech
Control: 60 – Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Will Rays b Milwaukee Brewers Custom Jersey e active in trade market?

I’ve heard some suggest that maybe the Rays would be better off trading pieces of their roster so they can get a great return of prospects, like the White Sox and the Cubs have done.
— Terence L., Sun City Center, Fla.

Interesting,  Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap Terence — normally I receive emails from fans frustrated about the Rays trading players or not  Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey bringing them back when they become free agents. I can understand the appeal of wanting to see kids take over everywhere, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. If you follow the way Tampa Bay has done things in the past, I believe that is how it will go forward. And that is to keep several key veterans in place and build the roster from within, adding a free agent or two if they’re the right price.

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— Terence L., Sun City Center, Fla.

Interesting, Terence — normally I receive emails from fans frustrated about the Rays trading players or not bringing them back when they become free agents. I can understand the appeal of wanting to see kids take over everywhere, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. If you follow the way Tampa Bay has done things in the past, I believe that is how it will go forward. And that is to keep several key veterans in place and build the roster from within, adding a free agent or two if they’re the right price.

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With all of the Hot Stove talk recently, I’ve heard that the Rays are a prime target for a lot of trades. Regardless of if this happens, it seems counterintuitive based on the Rays’ competitiveness to succeed in their division. Why suddenly have the change of heart to sell them all?
— Andrew T., Lecanto, Fla.

Tampa Bay has had success with its model in the past, though it hasn’t been a model that has brought positive results the past four seasons. If more fans attended games, that would certainly add to the pool of available money to spend, and a new stadium would create new revenue streams. The reality is even if a new stadium comes to fruition and Rays fans pack the place, Tampa Bay will never be able to compete financially against the likes of the Yankees and the Red Sox. But a cash injection would certainly help the team’s lot, and it might change the way it goes about its business.

Hot Stove Tracker

How do you think Brad Miller will do this year?
— Jack M., Sarasota, Fla.

Based on Miller’s past performance, I have to believe that 2017 was an outlier season. He can hit, which he demonstrated in ’16 when he hit 30 home runs in his first season with the team. I also believe he was hurting more than he let on last season.

Video: BAL@TB: Miller crushes a three-run homer to right

Do you think it will ever be mandatory that all coaches and managers wear the uniform on game day?
— Bob M., Clearwater, Fla.

Interesting question, and one that prompted me to think about Connie Mack, who wore a suit in the dugout when he managed in the early days of the Major Leagues. The next time I see Kevin Cash, I will make a point of asking him if he’d like to wear a suit in Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey  the dugout rather than a Rays uniform. The manager never looks too happy when the prospect of wearing a coat and tie is mentioned.

Can the Rays get Eric Hosmer?
— Big Randy J., Tampa, Fla.

I’m a big fan of Hosmer, the free-agent first baseman, not only for the way he hits, but also for the way he plays the game. Unfortunately for the Rays, I believe he will be out of their price range, even if he looks like the perfect fit to play first base for the team.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.


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C Milwaukee Brewers Custom Jersey orey Dickerson could be key for Rays in 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — 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. He’s that good.

ST. PETERSBURG — 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 Custom Brewers Jersey  to the postseason or not. He’s that good.

Most everybody gushed last year when Dickerson showed up at camp 25 pounds lighter. While his uniform fit better and he moved around the bases more quickly, the takeaway was more about being professional. Dickerson is the consummate pro. Continuing to improve drives him.

“I feel completely different,” Dickerson said midway through the 2017 season. “The way I run, the way I move, the quickness. … I didn’t lift any dumbbells. All my workouts were flexibility, range of motion — the way I throw, the way I hit. I should have more range of motion, and that’s really what I focused on http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Milwaukee-Brewers-Jersey . Working out smartly and not just going in there to lift. Now my swing is quicker. The ball comes off the bat better with more range of motion. And the way I throw is different. I think it all benefited me.”

In 2016, Dickerson’s first season with the Rays, he hit .245 with 24 home runs and 70 RBIs. He played 78 games in the field, but he was the team’s primary DH.

Dickerson finished the 2017 campaign at .282 with 27 home runs and 62 RBIs, along with 33 doubles and four triples. Those numbers showed quite an improvement. However, the understated native of Mississippi wants more.

Dickerson is confident in his abilities, so the way he finished the 2017 season did not sit well with him. In the first half, he hit .312 with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs. After the break, he hit .241 with 10 home runs and 20 RBIs.

There’s little coincidence that the Rays went 47-43 before the break before finishing with a 33-39 run. In other words, when Dickerson’s hitting, the chances of Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap  Tampa Bay winning are much better than when the left-handed-hitting slugger is scuffling.

Fans can tell when Dickerson  Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey is in a groove. He’s hitting the ball to all areas of the field — with power.

Harnessing that swing will be the key in 2018. Dickerson had his best season in ’14 while with the Rockies, when he hit .312 with 24 home runs and 76 RBIs. There’s reason to believe he can continue to show improvement with the Rays next season.

Dickerson loves to hit, but he loves to win more.

“All I’m worried about is helping the team and bringing what I can bring to the table and be excited about being with my teammates and getting to know the new guys,” Dickerson said. “It’s about winning ballgame Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey s and contributing.”

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.


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Rays’ arbitration-eligible players get of Milwaukee Brewers Custom Jersey fers

ST. PETERSBURG — Nine arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts by the Rays prior to Major League Baseball’s Friday night deadline.

Tendered contracts were right-handers Alex Colome and Jake Odorizzi; outfielder/designated hitter Corey Dickerson; infielders Brad Miller and Matt Duffy; shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria; catcher Jesus Sucre; left-hander Dan Jennings; and outfielder Steven Souza Jr.

ST. PETERSBURG — Nine arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts by the Rays prior to Major League Baseball’s Friday night deadline.

Tendered contracts were right-handers Alex Colome and Jake Odorizzi; outfielder/designated hitter Corey Dickerson; infielders Brad Miller and Matt Duffy; shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria; catcher Jesus Sucre; left-hander Dan Jennings; and outfielder Steven Souza Jr.

Left-hander Xavier Cedeno was not tendered a contract, making him a free agent, and earlier in the day, right-hander Chase Whitley was claimed off waivers by the Braves.

The Rays opted to hang tight with Miller, who hit a career-low .201 in 110 games last season. After slugging 30 home runs in 2016, his nine home runs were his fewest since his rookie season in ’13 (eight). Despite missing a combined 42 games due to a pair of stints on the disabled list, he had a career-h Personalized Brewers Jersey igh 63 walks to finish with a .327 on-base percentage.

Video: TB@BAL: Miller lifts an RBI double to left field

“With Brad, certainly coming off a really difficult year,” said Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim B Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey loom. “Performance was not what he would have liked, and health http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Milwaukee-Brewers-Jersey  was not what he would have liked.

“I think in retrospect, we don’t know exactly how much that hindered him, especially in the second half. But we know the extent of his physical ability. And we’ve seen what he can do and what he’s capable of at the plate.”

When asked if the Rays were betting on Miller to make a strong comeback, Bloom replied: “We certainly know he has the ability to do that. And we’ll see. There’s a lot of offseason left and a lot of different things that ca Custom Brewers Jersey n play out. But we wouldn’t have tendered him today if we didn’t think he had the ability to rebound to what he’d been at the plate prior to last year.”

Bloom said of Whitley, “This was a case where we didn’t see the lane of opportunity for him with some of the other guys we have here and some of the guys we’re trying to create opportunities for coming down the pike.”

Video: TB@CWS: Whitley strikes out the side in the 8th

And regarding Cedeno, Bloom said th Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap at based on “some of the other guys we have from the left side, we didn’t feel like it made sense for us to tender him.” Bloom added that the Rays will continue to stay in touch with Cedeno “and hold out the possibility of a return in some capacity.”

The Rays’ 40-man roster now is at 37 players.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.co Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey m since 2005.


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Ra Milwaukee Brewers Custom Jersey ys trade Brad Boxberger for Curtis Taylor

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays traded Brad Boxberger to the D-backs on Thursday in exchange for Minor League right-hander Curtis Taylor.

“You’re never surprised about getting traded,” said Boxberger in a telephone interview. “Every offseason there’s a bunch of trades going, so it’s never a surprise since I’ve been through it a couple of times now. Definitely didn’t think it would hap Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap pen this early in the offseason.”

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays traded Brad Boxberger to the D-backs on Thursday in exchange for Minor League right-hander Curtis Taylor.

“You’re never surprised about getting traded,” said Boxberger in a telephone interview. “Every offseason there’s a bunch of trades going, so it’s never a surprise since I’ve been through it a couple of times now. Definitely didn’t think it would happen this early in the offseason.”

Boxberger, 29, led the American League in saves with 41 in http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Milwaukee-Brewers-Jersey  2015, his fourth Major League season. He also made the All-Star team that season. But the right-hander has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons. Not being available opened the door for Alex Colome to take over the closing duties for the Rays.

Hot Stove Tracker

“I definitely enjoyed my time with the Rays,” Boxberger said. “Spending the past four years of my career there, being able to establish myself as a solid reliever, and getting the opportunit Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey y to close, lead the American League in saves and be an All-Star in [2015] is definitely something I’ll never forget as my career goes on.

“I definitely look forward to this new opportunity in Arizona. But definitely not going to forget the times I had, and the people that my family and I got to know and kind of grow with as a family. I’ll cherish Custom Brewers Jersey  that the rest of my life.”

Video: BOS@TB: Boxberger strikes out Swihart, escapes jam

Rays owner Stu Sternberg has mandated that the payroll be lower this season. Boxberger made $1.6 million in 2017, and he’s entering his second year of arbitration eligibility.

Tampa Bay’s bullpen will have a much different look in 2018 due to the number of free agents who will likely go to other teams before next season. Trading Boxberger will create yet another spot to fill.

Boxberger went 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 30 appearances last season, recording a 0.96 ERA over his final nine appearances.

Boxberger said he finished 2017 “as healthy and as strong as I could have.”

Video: TB@BOS: Boxberger fans Leon to strike out the side

“I’m looking forward to getting back out there this year and continuing to pitch the way I did at the end of the season,” Boxberger said. “I got my mechanics back to where I wanted them. And I had the location back that I’d been looking Personalized Brewers Jersey  for for a year and a half, or however long it’s been. Felt like myself. Just looking to carry that into next year.”

Over six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Padres (2012-13) and Rays (2014-17), Boxberger is 17-20 with a 3.19 ERA and 297 strikeouts.

Boxberger is a former first-round pick of the Reds in 2009, and he was dealt to the Rays along with Matt Andriese and Logan Forsythe in the 2013-14 offseason.

Taylor, 22, went 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 13 appearances, all starts, last season for Class A Kane County. He did not pitch after July 13 due to a right shoulder impingement, but he is expected to be healthy to begin the 2018 season.

Video: Top Prospects: Curtis Taylor, RHP, Rays

Following the season, Taylor was ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the No. 14 prospect in the D-backs’ system. The 6-foot-6 right-hander was a fourth-round selection of the D-backs in the 2016 Draft, becoming the highest-drafted player from the University of British Columbia since left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis in ’02.

Tayor made 17 relief appearances with Class A Short-Season Hillsboro in 2016, going 1-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 23 strikeouts. In two Minor League seasons, he is 4-4 with a 3.09 ERA.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.


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Th Women’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Personalized Elite Team Color Purple Football Jersey e 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 Cardinals, who have been showing interest in Colome since the General Mangers Meetings, are among the teams with “sustained interest,” according to Morosi. Morosi reported about two weeks ago the sides were discussing a possible tr Custom Ravens Jersey ade including Colome, but it appears more teams are attempting to acquire his services as well.

The Tampa Bay Rays have remained in contact with “multiple teams” about potential trades centered  http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-Baltimore-Ravens-Jersey around closer Alex Colome, sources told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.

The Cardinals, who have been showing interest in Colome since the General Mangers Meetings, are among the teams with “sustained interest,” according to Morosi. Morosi reported about two weeks ago the sides were discussing a possible trade including Colome, but it appears more teams are attempting to acquire his services as well.

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It’s no secret Tampa Bay is shopping some of its top talent, and St. Louis, which released injured right-hander Trevor Rosenthal, is in the market for a back-end bullpen arm.

Whi Personalized Ravens Jersey le the open market presents a number of intriguing late-inning options — including Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson and Brandon Kintzler, among others — Colome’s affordable salary and three years of club control are both major bonuses that come with the American League saves leader from 2017.

Colome, who turns 29 in December, has been one of the better relievers Men’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey  in all of baseball over the past two seasons, recording a 2.63 ERA and 84 saves while striking out 129 batters in 123 1/3 innings.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.


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R Custom Ravens Jersey ays face non-tender decisions before deadline

ST. PETERSBURG — With Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline looming, the Rays must make several critical decisions.

By  Men’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey Friday at 8 p.m. ET, teams need to tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players or allow those players to become free agents. By tendering a contract, they agree to hammer out a deal with the player for the 2018 season, even if it results in an arbitration hearing to decide how much that contract will be worth.

ST. PETERSBURG — With Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline looming, the Rays must mak Women’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Personalized Elite Team Color Purple Football Jersey e several critical decisions.

By Friday at 8 p.m. ET, teams need to tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players or allow those players to become free agents. By tendering a contract, they agree to hammer out a deal with the player for the 2018 season, even if it results in an arbitration hearing to decide how much that contract will be worth.

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Players of note whom the Rays might consider non-tendering include: Adeiny Hechavarria, Brad Miller and Jesus Sucre.

Hechavarria brought a different look to Personalized Ravens Jersey  shortstop after Tampa Bay acquired him from Miami on June 26 for a pair of Minor Leaguers. With his range and sure hands, he cleaned up a lot of possible problems during his 77 games with the Rays.

While Hechavarria is a quality Major League shortstop, the Rays must ask themselves if agreeing to go to arbitration with him makes sense, particularly when they have Matt Duffy ready to return after missing the 2017 season and No. 2 prospect Willy Adames ready to make the jump to the Major Leagues.

But Tampa Bay is likely to bite the bullet and tender Hechavarria a contract. Under such a scenario, it could start the season with him at shortstop, and if the team remains in contention, he’d finish the season with the Rays. If Tampa Bay finds itself out of contention, plenty of teams would likely be interested in acquiring a shortstop of Hechavarria’s talents for a stretch run.

Miller has been an enigma for the Rays in his two years with the team. He had a plus season at the plate in 2016, when he hit a career-high 30 home runs. After injuries limited him to 110 games in ’17, he finished with just nine homers. Miller has struggled on defense, but he has positional flexibility with the ability to play shortstop, second base, first base and the outfield. On top of that, he’s one of the best guys the Rays have in the clubhouse.

Video: BAL@TB: Miller crushes a three-run homer to right

Miller made $3.575 million in 2017. Do the Rays spend the money, banking on a rebound, or do they cut ties with Miller? Again, the smart money would favor the Rays keeping the player. Miller still has value, and 2017 appears to be an outlier based on his career production numbers.

Finally, there is Sucre. He is identified as Tampa Bay’s backup cat Custom Ravens Jersey cher, but he played in 63 games in 2017, making 51 starts at catcher and swooping in from the bullpen for a memorable one-inning appearance.

Video: TB@HOU: Sucre tosses an inning of relief

Sucre made $630,000 in 2017. Wilson Ramos should get the bulk of the catching starts next season, but do the Rays feel comfortable enough with Ramos’ health to not bring back Sucre as his backup?

There are no other catchers on the 40-man roster and Rays pitchers like pitching to Sucre, so chances are Tampa Bay will tender him a contract as well.

The hard reality is this: The Rays’ payroll in 2017 was $70 million, and owner Stu Sternberg has said it will not increase and will likely decrease in 2018.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB. Customized Baltimore Ravens Jersey com since 2004.


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ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays claimed Micah Johnson off waivers from the Giants on Monday afternoon.

Adding the infielder/outfielder brings a player with Personalized Ravens Jersey  positional flexibility to the team. It also moves the Rays’ 40-man roster to its full capacity.

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays claimed Micah Johnson off waivers from the Giants on Monday afternoon.

Adding the infielder/outfielder brings a player with positional flexibility to the team. It also moves the Rays’ 40 Customized Baltimore Ravens Jersey -man roster to its full capacity.

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The 26-year-old Johnson, who hits from the left side, has spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the White Sox, Dodgers and Braves, totaling 36 games (32 starts) at second base and four games (one start) in left field.

Johnson started the 2017 season on the disabled list following surgery to repair a fractured left wrist before hitting .295/.386/.396 in 45 Minor League games. He went on  Men’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey to appear in 18 games (one start) across three stints with Atlanta, where he was Women’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Personalized Elite Team Color Purple Football Jersey  used eight times as a pinch-runner, eight times as a pinch-hitter and once as a defensive replacement.

Since the conclusion of the regular season, Johnson has been claimed off waivers by the Reds, Giants and Rays.

Johnson has hit .292/.359/.412 with 101 doubles, 35 triples, 30 home runs, 218 RBIs and 190 stolen bases in 550 games across six Minor League seasons. He was selected by the White Sox in the ninth round of the 2012 Draft out of Indiana University.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.


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Will Logan Morrison return to Rays Custom Ravens Jersey ?

Will LoMo return as a Ray this coming season?
— Robin J., Lakeland, Fla.

While the pos Men’s Nike Custom Baltimore Ravens Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey sibility exists that Logan Morrison, who is a free agent, could return to the Rays for the 2018 season, such a possibility is remote based on his ’17 numbers. MLB.com columnist Jim Duquette predicted that Morrison will go to the Mets. Of course, nobody thought Morrison would be back with the Rays last year, but after he found a tough free-agent market, Tampa Bay was happy to sign him. And he produced.

Will LoMo return as a Ray this coming season?
— Robin J., Lakeland, Fla.

While the possibility exists that Logan Morrison, who is a free agent, could return to the Rays for the 2018 season, such a possibility is remote based on his ’17 numbers. MLB.com columnist Jim Duquette predicted that Morrison will go to the Mets. Of course, nobody thought Morrison would be back with the Rays last year, but after he found a tough free-agent market, Tampa Bay was happy to sign him. And he produced.

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If the Rays aren’t able to keep Morrison, how about Brad Miller at first, Matt Duffy at second, Adeiny Hechavarria at short and Evan Longoria at third?
— John G., Tampa, Fla.

I think that’s possible. But as I said above, we’ll have to see what shakes out this offseason. You never know Women’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Personalized Elite Team Color Purple Football Jersey  if any of those players are on the shopping list of other teams, or if the Rays are hoping to bring in somebody new to replace one of them.

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With the market trend for free agents continuously going up, how will the Rays compete?
— Nicholas B., Fairfield, Fla.

The best way the Rays can remain competitive is to grow their own — in other words, by building and maintaining a strong farm system. Additiona Personalized Ravens Jersey lly, they need to be shrewd about signing free agents. Based on the current structure of the game, along with Tampa Bay’s revenue streams, operating in this fashion is necessary. However, those revenue streams co Men’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey uld change dramatically if a new stadium is built and it is as fruitful as anticipated.

Will the Rays keep Hechavarria at short and make Duffy the everyday second baseman while leaving Miller in a platoon role due to his struggles?
— Samir F., Tampa, Fla.

I believe Tampa Bay will tender Hechavarria a contract, so it will go to arbitration with him. That would leave the Rays in good shape at one of the toughest positions to have depth, as they would have Hechavarria, Duffy and Willy Adames, their No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com. Will Duffy be prepared to play second? I think it’s possible. Or maybe he’ll show  Customized Baltimore Ravens Jersey he’s healthy, and Tampa Bay would trade Hechavarria. As for Miller, I can see him in a platoon role that includes first, second and shortstop — though Daniel Robertson is also in the equation. There are worse things than having depth.

Is there anybody in the Rays’ farm system that you feel could make a difference if they’re on the roster in 2018?
— Jim B., Tampa, Fla.

For starters, I really like Jake Bauers, Tampa Bay’s No. 5 prospect, who came to the Rays as part of the Wil Myers trade. I am sold on the 22-year-old first baseman. Not only does Bauers have great power, but he’s also got a terrific eye. He comes off as being mature for someone of his age.

Next, Jaime Schultz. The hard-throwing right-hander, the Rays’ No. 22 prospect, would have been in Tampa Bay’s bullpen in 2017 if he hadn’t battled injuries. This guy is a difference maker, and Schultz can get the strikeout when he needs it.

While I’ve seen Bauers and Schultz play, I have not seen Brent Honeywell. But everything I’ve heard about the right-hander is glowing. Farm director Mitch Lukevics called the club’s top prospect “the most competitive guy” in the organization. That’s high praise coming from a longtime baseball man.

I know Kevin Kiermaier missed a lot of time this past season due to injury. Still, I think he was the best at his position again. Do you think he got snubbed for the Gold Glove Award this season?
— Cathy B., St. Petersburg

I would have to agree with you that Kiermaier is still the best at his position. In fact, like I’ve said many times, I believe he’s the best defender in baseball. But no, Kiermaier did not get snubbed. He simply did not qualify to win the award due to the time he missed.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.


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