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AL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
99-63 5-5 L2
92-70 7-3 W1
86-76 2-8 L5
83-79 4-6 L1
78-84 6-4 W3

Top Rays News

  • Rays' Yandy Diaz: Completes extension with Tampa Bay

    Diaz and the Rays completed a three-year, $24 million contract extension Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    This deal has been in the works for a while now, and the parties involved have finally made it official. Diaz will make $6 million in 2023, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million in 2025 -- all guaranteed. There is also a $12 million club option (with no buyout) for 2026. Diaz was an on-base machine last season, delivering an overall .296/.401/.423 slash line in 558 plate appearances with Tampa Bay. He's not much of a power threat, but the 31-year-old corner infielder should continue to hold considerable value in fantasy leagues that put heavy weight on batting average and on-base percentage.

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  • Rays' Pete Fairbanks: Signs three-year extension

    Fairbanks signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension with the Rays on Friday, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

    Passan adds that the arbitration-covering deal includes a $7 million fourth-year club option, which could potentially secure what would have been Fairbanks' first year of free-agent eligibility. The 29-year-old right-hander again had to contend with injuries in 2022, but he dominated to the tune of a 1.13 ERA and 38:3 K:BB ratio in 24 innings when healthy. Fairbanks currently projects as the favorite for saves in Tampa Bay leading into the 2023 campaign, though history suggests the closer role will be a carousel as the season plays out. It's just how the Rays tend to operate.

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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Inks four-year extension

    Springs signed a four-year, $31 million contract extension with the Rays on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The deal can max out at $65.75 million if Springs gets his club option picked up for 2027 and reaches all of the included performance-based incentives. The 30-year-old left-hander impressed his way into a full-time rotation spot in Tampa Bay last season, delivering a 2.46 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 144 strikeouts (31 walks) across 135.1 innings. With his projectable workload on the rise, Springs should have late-round appeal in all standard fantasy drafts leading into the 2023 campaign.

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  • Rays' Gavin Collins: Signs NRI deal with Rays

    Collins agreed Wednesday with the Rays on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Collins spent the 2022 campaign in the Guardians organization, and he posted a slash line of .235/.326/.370 with four homers over 139 plate appearances with Triple-A Columbus. He'll battle for a backup role with Tampa Bay, but he's likely ticketed for the minors to begin the 2023 season.

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  • Rays' Jaime Schultz: Returns to Rays on NRI deal

    Schultz agreed Wednesday with the Rays on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Schultz is a former prospect with the Rays who was released by the Mariners in September of 2021 and didn't throw a pitch in 2022 while dealing with an oblique issue. The right-hander has also spent time with the Dodgers and owns a 5.86 ERA in 35.1 innings across 26 career appearances.

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  • Rays' Zack Burdi: Gets opportunity with Tampa Bay

    Burdi agreed Wednesday with the Rays on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Once seen as a potential bullpen ace while he was a prospect in the White Sox system, Burdi has beset by numerous injuries in recent years and would do well just to resurface in the majors in a low-leverage role in 2023. The 27-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2021 and wasn't especially effective over his 13 innings with two of the Nationals' lower-level minor-league affiliates last season, posting a 1.38 ERA but issuing 10 walks.

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  • Rays' Ben Heller: Links up with Tampa Bay

    Heller and the Rays agreed Wednesday on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Heller has previously made 31 relief appearances in the majors, but none over the past two seasons while missing extensive time due to arm-related injuries. He pitched just 8.2 innings in the minors as a member of the Twins organization in 2022 and surrendered nine earned runs on nine hits and 10 walks.

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  • Rays' Heath Hembree: Reaches MiLB deal with Tampa Bay

    Hembree agreed Wednesday with the Rays on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The journeyman reliever has seen big-league action in each of the past 10 seasons, but even though he'll get a chance to compete for a spot in the Tampa Bay bullpen in spring training, he'll likely face an uphill battle to break camp with the big club. Hembree walked a career-high 15.9 percent of the batters he faced over his 22 big-league innings between the Dodgers and Pirates in 2022, and he was hit hard when he wasn't issuing free passes, giving up six home runs.

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  • Rays' Trevor Kelley: Joins Tampa Bay on NRI deal

    Kelley agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rays on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The right-hander has struggled to a 7.13 ERA in 32 career MLB appearances, including a 6.08 ERA for the Brewers in 2022 over 23.2 innings of work in 18 games. He'll have an outside chance of making the Rays out of spring training with a strong showing in the Grapefruit League.

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  • Rays' Elvin Rodriguez: Gets NRI deal from Tampa Bay

    Rodriguez agreed Wednesday with the Rays on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Rodriguez, 24, struggled to a 10.62 ERA and 25:15 K:BB while allowing 12 home runs in a 29.2-inning sample with Detroit in 2022. The right-hander will try and win a spot on the Rays' staff in the Grapefruit League, but he faces an uphill battle to break camp with the big club given Tampa Bay's ample pitching depth.

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  • Rays' Braden Bristo: Gets NRI from Rays

    Bristo signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Bristo has been given an invitation to major-league spring training as part of the deal. The 28-year-old spent last season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization, posting a 4.56 ERA and 64:31 K:BB over 53.1 relief innings. He has yet to reach the majors.

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  • Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Avoids arbitration

    Armstrong signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    After being released by Miami and signed by Tampa Bay in May, Armstrong recorded a 3.60 ERA and 1.27 WHIP as a member of the Rays bullpen. His impressive 9.63 K/9 from last year also makes him a candidate to pitch more often in high-leverage situations in 2023.

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  • Rays' Yonny Chirinos: Inks one-year deal

    Chirinos signed a one-year, $1.275 million contract with Tampa Bay on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Chirinos only made two appearances for the Rays last season, throwing seven scoreless innings and recording a 1.14 WHIP. While that's certainly a good sign, it's still hard to tell how well he's bounced back from Tommy John surgery in August 2020, so there's a good chance he begins the year in Triple-A until the organization can get a better feel for where he is in the recovery process.

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  • Rays' Christian Bethancourt: Avoids arbitration with Tampa

    Bethancourt signed a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    The 31-year-old had a surprisingly solid year in 2022, as he recorded a career-high .692 OPS over 333 plate appearances between the A's and Rays. Bethancourt will likely split time with Francisco Mejia in 2023, though he should see a larger share of the action behind the dish.

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  • Rays' Francisco Mejia: Comes to terms with Tampa

    Mejia signed a one-year, $2.155 million contract with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Mejia took a step back at the plate in 2022 with just a .645 OPS, and at this point it's difficult to see him turning into an everyday catcher. He will share time behind the dish with Christian Bethancourt in 2023.

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  • Rays' Randy Arozarena: Reaches deal for 2023

    Arozarena agreed to a one-year, $4.15 million contract with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    It's finally the first year of arbitration eligibility for Arozarena, who burst onto the scene for Tampa Bay in the 2020 playoffs with a .377 batting average and 10 homers. The 27-year-old had a .263/.327/.445 slash line with 20 home runs, 89 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 153 games last season.

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  • Rays' Jalen Beeks: Avoids arbitration

    Beeks signed a one-year, $1.375 million contract with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    The left-hander was excellent for the Rays last season, holding a 2.80 ERA and 70:22 K:BB over 61 innings. The Rays like to use Beeks as an opener and he also has the ability to go multiple innings in relief, if needed.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .239
(17th)
666
(21st)
139
(25th)
3.41
(4th)

Injuries

Player Injury
S. Baz SP Shane Baz SP Elbow
L. Patino SP Luis Patino SP Shoulder
A. Kittredge RP Andrew Kittredge RP Elbow
R. Thompson RP Ryan Thompson RP Triceps
C. White RP Colby White RP Elbow

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