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Top Raimel Tapia News

  • Red Sox's Raimel Tapia: May not make Opening Day roster

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora hinted that Tapia is not a lock to make the Opening Day roster, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    "We're still working on stuff," Cora said. "He's done everything possible. But we've got guys that they are good players too. So we'll make decisions when we have to make them." Tapia was signed as non-roster invitee in January, and the outfielder has an opt-out clause in his contract if he's not added to the 40-man roster before Opening Day. Tapia has put himself into strong position to be a member of the Boston bench after a good showing in Florida, but the final decision isn't likely to come until Thursday.

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  • Red Sox's Raimel Tapia: Having strong spring

    Tapia went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's spring game against Puerto Rico.

    Tapia is well known to the Red Sox, who watched him post a .290/.318/.516 line with three home runs and 17 RBI against them over 15 games last season when he played for the Blue Jays. He's showing those same skills in a Boston uniform now, going 7-for-17 with a 1.294 OPS over 17 Grapefruit League games. "He'll put the ball in play," manager Alex Cora told Christopher Smith of MassLive.com. "He's got some juice too. He's a smart hitter, hunting for certain pitches and putting a good swing on it." Tapia has an opt-out clause, which could be a factor in deciding who makes the Opening Day roster. He's in the mix with Rob Refsnyder and Jarren Duran, who has minor-league options, for a final outfield spot.

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  • Red Sox's Raimel Tapia: Has opt-out clause in his contract

    Tapia has an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract with the Red Sox which he can exercise if he's not added to the 40-man roster before Opening Day, Ian Cundall of SoxProspects.com reports.

    Tapia has a decent chance to head north with the Red Sox, but if he doesn't he shouldn't have trouble latching on elsewhere. The veteran outfielder played in 128 games last season with the Blue Jays, posting a .672 OPS.

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  • Red Sox's Raimel Tapia: Catches on with Red Sox

    Tapia signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Tapia will receive an invitation to major-league spring training, where he stands a good chance to win a reserve spot. He was a semi-regular last season with the Blue Jays, putting up a .265/.292/.380 batting line with seven homers and eight steals over 128 games. Tapia can handle all three outfield spots and his presence, along with the signing of Adam Duvall, would seem to point to Jarren Duran beginning the season back at Triple-A Worcester.

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  • Raimel Tapia: Non-tendered by Jays

    The Blue Jays declined to tender Tapia a contract for 2023.

    The two sides effectively parted ways Tuesday when Toronto designated Tapia for assignment, and the split is now official. Tapia can do some good things for a major-league club, but his days of 400-plus plate appearances may be over.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: DFA'd by Toronto

    Tapia was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    The 28-year-old was acquired from the Rockies in March and played in 128 games last season, but Toronto has elected to remove him from the 40-man roster in order to protect a prospect from the Rule 5 draft. Tapia had a .265/.292/.380 slash line with seven home runs, 52 RBI, 47 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 431 plate appearances during 2022.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Gets breather for Game 2

    Tapia is out of the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Orioles.

    Tapia's move to the bench for the regular-season finale ends a streak of 11 consecutive starts. Gabriel Moreno will pick up the start in left field in place of Tapia, who went 1-for-5 in the Blue Jays' 5-4 loss in Game 1 to bring his season-long batting average down to .265.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Not starting Thursday

    Tapia isn't in the lineup Thursday against the Rays.

    Tapia is in the midst of a four-game hitting streak in which he's gone 5-for-16 with a triple, two doubles, six RBI, a run and a stolen base. Whit Merrifield will take over in left field and bat eighth Thursday.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Three RBI in Tuesday's win

    Tapia went 2-for-6 with a triple, double, three RBI and a run in Tuesday's 18-11 win over the Phillies.

    Tapia made his sixth start Wednesday in the Blue Jays' last seven games and came through with his second three-RBI performance in the past four days. He should continue to handle a near-everyday role in the outfield while Lourdes Gurriel (hamstring) remains on the injured list.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Steals eighth base

    Tapia went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a 5-4 loss Sunday against Baltimore.

    Tapia reached on an infield hit and stole second base in the second inning. It was his eighth stolen base in nine attempts this season and third this month. He started in center and could see more time there if George Springer (elbow) has limited availability.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Not in Thursday's lineup

    Tapia is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.

    Tapia recorded at least one hit in seven of his last eight games, but he will be held out Thursday with the Blue Jays facing southpaw Shane McClanahan.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Swipes seventh bag

    Tapia went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Monday's 3-2 win over the Rays.

    Getting another start in left field and batting ninth, Tapia swiped his second bag in his last three games and his seventh of the season. The 28-year-old has hit safely in five straight contests, going 6-for-18 (.333) with a homer, three RBI and four runs, and he should continue seeing regular playing time while Lourdes Gurriel (hamstring) is sidelined.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Operating as primary left fielder

    Tapia will start in left field and bat ninth in Monday's game against the Rays, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.

    Tapia will be making his fourth start in five games after going 4-for-11 with a home run, two walks and a stolen base across the past three contests. While Lourdes Gurriel (hamstring) is on the 10-day injured list, Tapia appears set to serve as his primary replacement in left field.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Blasts homer in win

    Tapia went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 11-7 victory over Texas.

    Tapia put Toronto up 8-3 with a homer off righty starter Kohei Arihara with nobody out in the third. The outfielder has struggled offensively in his last 15 games, recording a .163 average and .233 slugging percentage over 43 at-bats. The 28-year-old is turning in his lowest OPS (.661) since his rookie season in 2016, when he recorded a .556 OPS in 41 plate appearances.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Sits for third time in four games

    Tapia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.

    Tapia will sit for the third time in four games and may not have a clear path to an everyday role even with George Springer (knee) having now missed three straight contests. Jackie Bradley will draw the start in center field Sunday, and he and Whit Merrifield will represent potential threats to Tapia's opportunities in the outfield even if Springer is limited to the designated-hitter role whenever he returns to the lineup.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Gives way to Merrifield in CF

    Tapia is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees.

    With George Springer still relegated to the designated-hitter role since returning from the injured list Monday, Tapia and Whit Merrifield should continue to see most of the opportunities in center field. Tapia started and went 0-for-2 in Wednesday's 6-1 win over Baltimore, but it'll be Merrifield who draws the nod in center for the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Sits after three straight starts

    Tapia is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

    Tapia started in center field each of the last three games and went 2-for-9 with a double and a walk, but he'll take a seat Tuesday and give way to Jackie Bradley. Though George Springer returned from the injured list Monday, he's been deployed at designated hitter in both of his first two games back, so Tapia and Bradley could continue to see work in center field until the Blue Jays are comfortable deploying Springer on defense.

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  • Blue Jays' Raimel Tapia: Out of Friday's lineup

    Tapia is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Guardians.

    Tapia started the past three games but will head to the bench for Friday's contest. Jackie Bradley was signed by Toronto earlier this week to provide outfield depth with George Springer (elbow) on the injured list, and he'll make his first start with the Blue Jays in center field.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 180 lbs
Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Age: 29
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: L, L