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Reviewing the Brew

Brewers: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up For A Blake Snell Trade

The Tampa Bay Rays have made it known that they are open to trading ace starter Blake Snell this offseason. At 27 years old and a former Cy Young Award Winner, it is easy to see why Snell is an intriguing option for many teams. Fans most recently remember Blake Snell from Game Six of […] Brewers: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up For A Blake Snell Trade - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tampa Bay Rays: How long do we need to wait for Wander Franco?

The Tampa Bay Rays have the consensus top prospect in baseball in their system in Wander Franco. How much longer do we need to wait to see him? Wander Franco is legit. The consensus top prospect in all of professional baseball, his time for the Tampa Bay Rays is approaching quickly. A switch hitter with […] Tampa Bay Rays: How long do we need to wait for Wander Franco? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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View from the Catwalk:

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Rays News MLB teams had to decide whom to protect from the Rule 5 draft on Friday, which necessitated some difficult roster moves all around. The #Rays have made 3 additions to the 40-man roster:INF Taylor WallsOF Josh Lowe RHP Drew StrotmanHunter Renfroe and Brian O'Grady have been DFA'ed.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) November 20, 2020 You can read John Romano’s take on these choices here($). Rays VP of Baseball Operations Peter Bendix, rocking that pandemic haircut, reflects on the Renfroe trade and DFA: Hunter Renfroe...

Bluebird Banter

Free Agent Poll: Marcell Ozuna

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ There isn’t much for baseball news out there. We’ve hit the slow time of the off-season before free agents start signing. About all there is out there is that the Rays have DFAed Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe hit 85 home runs over the three seasons before 2020, but he didn’t get on base much. This year he hit .156/.252/.393 in 42 games. In Craig Calcaterra’s Cup of Coffee newsletter, he mentions that Brandon Martin, the Rays’ first-round pick back in 2011, was sentenced to life for three counts of first-degree murder. He used a bat to kill...

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New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman somehow gets suspension reduced

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman had his suspension for throwing at Mike Brosseau reduced to two games for some inexplicable reason. Back on September 1, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman attempted to send a message to the Tampa Bay Rays. Brought on to protect their lead, he uncorked a 101 MPH fastball near […] New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman somehow gets suspension reduced - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Brewers: Hunter Renfroe Is A Far From Perfect Free Agent Option

The Brewers will need some help filling out their roster and a new free agent option just popped up. After the Tampa Bay Rays designated Hunter Renfroe for assignment, making him a free agent, many were already trying to connect the dots to bring him to the Milwaukee Brewers. In some ways, Renfroe would make […] Brewers: Hunter Renfroe Is A Far From Perfect Free Agent Option - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cardinals: Two recently DFA’d players St. Louis should consider

Infielder Renato Nunez and outfielder Hunter Renfro have been designated for assignment and the St. Louis Cardinals should take a close look. On November 20, the Baltimore Orioles designated infielder Renata Nunez for assignment, while the Tampa Bay Rays did the same with outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Nunez and Renfroe have three things in common: (1)They […] Cardinals: Two recently DFA’d players St. Louis should consider - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tampa Bay Rays: Brandon Martin sentenced to life imprisonment

Former Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brandon Martin has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of murder. At this point in his life, Brandon Martin was supposed to be a part of the Tampa Bay Rays, a potential building block at short. He had been compared to Derek Jeter when […] Tampa Bay Rays: Brandon Martin sentenced to life imprisonment - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tampa Bay Rays have new housemates in WWE

Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, will be housing the WWE for the next few months until the baseball season starts up again. Due to the ongoing pandemic, baseball stadiums around the country are silent. While baseball is not going to be back for months, there are usually other events taking place that […] Tampa Bay Rays have new housemates in WWE - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Colorado Rockies: Should they claim Hunter Renfroe off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays?

Friday was the deadline for teams to protect prospects from the Rule V draft and as a casualty of it, the Tampa Bay Rays cut outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Should the Colorado Rockies pursue him for 2021? In a bit of a surprising move, the reigning American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays designated outfielder Hunter Renfroe […] Colorado Rockies: Should they claim Hunter Renfroe off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays? - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Detroit Jock City

Detroit Tigers: Hunter Renfroe worth a look after being DFA’d by Rays

The Detroit Tigers should give Hunter Renfroe a look as the Tampa Bay Rays have designated him for assignment. The Detroit Tigers will need to make a few additions to their roster this offseason so that they can fill it out. Given the Tampa Bay Rays most recent move where Hunter Renfroe was designated for […] Detroit Tigers: Hunter Renfroe worth a look after being DFA’d by Rays - Detroit Jock City - Detroit Jock City - A Detroit Sports blog

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Renfroe DFA’d, 3 prospects added in 40-man roster moves

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via The Rays were busy Friday ahead of a 40-man roster deadline. The 6 p.m. ET deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft has passed, and the Rays were busy, adding outfielder Josh Lowe, right-handed pitcher Drew Strotman, and infielder Taylor Walls to the roster. To make room on the roster, utilityman Brian O’Grady and outfielder Hunter Renfroe were designated for assignment. Renfroe — acquired in the Tommy Pham trade a year ago — added power as advertised but posted career lows with a .156...

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View from the Catwalks: Chapman finally has suspension hearing

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Who is the most untouchable Rays player? WWe moves ThunderDome to the Thunderdome. Gary Sánchez has no trade value. Rays News Mike Brosseau got revenge a couple of times against the Yankees for the near manslaughter that occurred in the Bronx. Most notably, the HR against Chapman that ended his and the Yankees season in the ALDS. That’s the best punishment for the Rays as the MLB was always going to be way too light: I think he served his punishment on Oct. 9 tbh https://t.co/0A2eiBcS4M— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November...

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Tampa Bay Rays Social Justice Initiative: NAACP

Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports An opportunity to learn about the historic organization from the president of NAACP Hillsborough Branch, Yvette Lewis Today, we are happy to feature an interview with Yvette Lewis, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Hillsborough County, as we continue to learn about the organizations the Tampa Bay Rays have partnered with in the Tampa Bay Community. Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, we have engaged in conversations with community leaders and our...

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Aroldis Chapman has suspension reduced after Mike Brosseau incident, per report

After a pitch near Mike Brosseau's head nearly sparked an altercation between the Yankees and Rays, Aroldis Chapman had his suspension reduced.        

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Rays prospects and the Rule 5 Draft

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Top prospects will have to be protected, but how far down the list teams will have to protect is unknown. The next major roster decision deadline for Major League Baseball teams comes November 20. Teams must decide which prospect they want to protect from the Rule 5 draft. Like most things in 2020 the Rule 5 draft sets up to be much different than normal. Minor League Baseball didn’t happen in 2020, so unless a player was designated for a team’s Alternate Site and 60 man player pool nobody really has seen eligible players for about a year...

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View from the Catwalk: At least we can watch Wander play winter ball

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Rays News Wander Franco is one of several Rays playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. You can quench your baseball thirst with some clips: #Rays and MLB top prospect Wander Franco shows off the defense with @EscogidoBBClub pic.twitter.com/gHyRlhlpQ2— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 17, 2020 #Rays Wander Franco just went deep for @EscogidoBBClub pic.twitter.com/EwQqVSVlNS— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 18, 2020 DRaysbay historian Adam Sanford found this 1993 news report on the efforts to bring a baseball...

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Aggressive Jays could close gap with Yankees this winter

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports A roster loaded with young talent just needs a piece or two to really challenge the Yankees For the last two years, the AL East has really been a two-team fight, with the Yankees and Rays trading first place and second. A funny thing happened in 2020 though, with the Toronto Blue Jays emerging from a rebuild early to make the playoffs — albeit in an expanded season — and targeting 2021 as the year they truly arrive as a retooled franchise. The team already boasts a solid offense, posting a teamwide 108 wRC+ despite star shortstop Bo...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for November 18, 2020

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets’ request to interview Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns for the same role was denied. Though the Mets (and Phillies) are aiming high to fill front office positions, their searches may prove to be difficult. Ken Davidoff writes that the Mets search is far more complicated than just looking for a superstar. Jon Morosi reported yesterday Rays executive Bobby Heck is under consideration to move into the Mets front office. With the...

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Tampa Bay Rays World Series showing prove analytics are overrated?

The Tampa Bay Rays were at the forefront of the analytic movement, but did that reliance upon statistical analysis cost them this year? For the Tampa Bay Rays, analytics have been woven into the franchise’s DNA for quite some time. We remember the Rays as the first team to start the trend of the opener […] Tampa Bay Rays World Series showing prove analytics are overrated? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What is Kevin Kiermaier’s trade value?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The most expensive man on the roster is a premium defender. Can the Rays trade away what they value more than the market? Coming off a World Series appearance the Tampa Bay Rays could have gone with roster stability. Instead they have decided to some uncertainty behind the plate by declining Charlie Morton and Mike Zunino’s option and DFAing Michael Perez. The Rays like to move pieces around. Some of this has been due to financial restraints, but some has been in making bets on different players. While nobody could ever say the Rays are financially aggressive...

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Rays Your Voice: State of the Roster, with JT Morgan and Jim Turvey

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports With important deadlines looming, the Rays have some moves to make. The offseason is now in full swing, and we’re getting a clearer picture of the market after the signings of players like Drew Smyly and Robbie Ray. The big name that most fans want to see brought back is Charlie Morton, but he’s not the only starting pitcher out there. We’ll discuss some other names that might interest the Rays front office, and go over potential plans to fill up the catching position, which now only has one rostered player. With the deadline looming to add Rule 5...

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Why Mookie Betts Hugged Rays’ Willy Adames During World Series

When the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in February, they knew they were...

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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Marlins make Kim Ng MLB’s first female GM

Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Wander Franco and Nate Lowe play Winter ball, and Lorenzo Cain makes kids cry. On Friday, the Miami Marlins made Kim Ng the first ever female GM. Overqualified Woman Shatters Highest Glass Ceiling in Sports, Nation Rejoices. Me on the steady brilliance of Kim Ng, and how the Marlins got one hell of a GM: https://t.co/CnuKirBAvz— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) November 13, 2020 Some Rays are playing in the Dominican Winter league. The Tampa Bay Escogido have Wander Franco hitting 2nd, Jim Haley hitting 3rd and Nate Lowe at cleanup on opening day...

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Mark Buehrle is on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot

White Sox fans realize they are part of history as White Sox starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle reacts as Jason Bartlett (far left) is thrown out at first by Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramírez (not pictured). Buehrle faced the minimum of 27 batters to pitch a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. | Photo by Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Five other former White Sox join him for consideration The 2021 Hall of Fame ballot was announced today, and it includes a future White Sox Hall-of-Famer: @NotMrTibbs/BBHOF Tracker ...

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom is a role model for all younger pitchers

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has now become the guy younger big league pitchers look to emulate. When Tyler Glasnow was asked in Tampa Bays Rays spring training what MLB pitchers he looked up to, he wasted no time mentioning a name that New York Mets fans know well. “For me, it’s more about […] Mets ace Jacob deGrom is a role model for all younger pitchers - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for November 14, 2020

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Dominic Smith is one of the many people excited for the Steve Cohen era. There are pros and cons to the prospect of the Mets pursuing Francisco Lindor. Tim Tebow’s unlikely baseball career may be coming to an end before too long. Former Met Cy Young winner Dwight Gooden was sentenced to a year of probation following his arrest for drug possession in 2019. Rays special assistant Bobby Heck may wind up with a role in the Mets’ new front office, but probably not as president of baseball...

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: