Minnesota has reportedly put out feelers regarding a pair of starters and several relievers.
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Though the status quo odds are long for the Rays, Tampa Bay's playoff contention is within the realm of possibility.
Nothing could have a greater impact on the Rays' future than securing new digs.
Honeywell among seven added to Rays' roster
The Tampa Bay Rays added RHPs Brent Honeywell, Diego Castillo, Yonny Chirinos and Jose Mujica, LHP Ryan Yarbrough, OF/1B Jake Bauers and OF Justin Williams to the team's 40-man roster on Monday.
Lowe launches homer in AFL
Rays second-base prospect Brandon Lowe went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League's regular-season finale on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who participated in the league's Fall Stars Game earlier this month, slashed .224/.348/.414 in 16 games.
None of the nine free agents to receive $17.4 million qualifying offers from their clubs accepted the offer by Thursday's deadline, the players' union announced.
Tampa Bay could reportedly be a suitor for the veteran slugger after the sides had discussions last winter.
Brent Honeywell has as good of a Rookie of the Year chance as almost anyone, especially if he gets in the Rays' rotation early.
The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly had discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays about a possible deal for closer Alex Colome.
Matt Silverman has transitioned back into a role as team president of the Tampa Bay Rays after spending the past three years as head of the club's baseball operations.
If the Rays are going to do anything to add, it is likely they will need to unload some big contracts from a payroll that was $80 million last season.
With a weak market for starters, Alex Cobb could land the biggest deal among Tampa Bay's free agents. But don't sleep on Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda receiving their due.
Both pitchers underperformed last year, but they still have trade value. While Odorizzi brings durability, Archer remains one of the top strikeout pitchers and is playing on a great contract.
The Rays continued their recent habit of pairing bad records with strong underlying performances. They also gave up on Tim Beckham roughly 20 minutes before he turned into a star.
The best and the brightest
The nine 2017 Gold Glove winners from the American League were announced on Tuesday night. The Twins, Angels and Royals each have two players receiving the honor this year.
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Rays 3B Evan Longoria wins his 3rd career Gold Glove award, his first since 2010. Longoria rated well on balls hit down the line, in the shortstop-third base hole and right at him. He also scored well at defending bunts and turning double plays. He improved by 20 Defensive Runs Save from 2016 to 2017, highest of any 3rd baseman.
Solid start for Smith in AFL
Tampa Bay pitching prospect Burch Smith struck out four and allowed just two runs in four innings of work for the Surprise Saguaros in a 6-1 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs on Tuesday.
The construction of the 2018 Rays is officially under way. What's their biggest need? Which one move would you like to see them make?
The Tampa Bay Rays have extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to free-agent pitcher Alex Cobb.
Free agency officially began at 5 p.m. ET on Monday. Several notable players, including Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams.
The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised a $2 million club option for next season on pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
Alex Cobb is among the top 10 on Law's list, while Logan Morrison is just outside the group. Lucas Duda isn't far behind, either.
Using ZiPS, the early prognosis at the start of MLB's offseason churns out some interesting predictions for the AL East race.
There's big upside among the starters aside from Chris Archer, as Blake Snell (4.04 ERA) and Jacob Faria (3.43) showcased top-of-the-rotation ability. But the Rays need to improve their situational hitting.
Which team will next follow Astros out of 'Neverland' ?
With the Astros claiming their first World Series championship on Wednesday night, seven MLB franchises are left still seeking No. 1. The Nationals and Mariners are working on their first Series appearances while the others have played in at least one Series without winning.
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