In ESPN The Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, the Tampa Bay Rays drop almost 50 spots after a poor 2016 on and off the field.
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Justin Williams has solid day in AFL
The Rays prospect went 2-for-4 with a triple, RBI and two runs scored for the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday. Williams batted fifth and played right field. Box score
Honeywell struggles again in AFL
Rays prospect Brent Honeywell had his second rough outing in a row for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. The 21-year-old allowed three runs on one hit -- a home run -- and walked two in 2 1/3 innings. Box score
Salary arbitration projections: Rays
All estimates via Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors' projection model:
- Alex Cobb - $4 million
- Bobby Wilson - $1.1 million
- Drew Smyly - $6.9 million
- Erasmo Ramirez - $3.5 million
- Brad Boxberger - $1.5 million
- Corey Dickerson - $3.4 million
- Brad Miller - $3.8 million
- Xavier Cedeno - $1.2 million
- Jake Odorizzi - $4.6 million
- Danny Farquhar - $1.1 million
- Kevin Kiermaier - $2.1 million MLBTradeRumors.com
Fastball command an issue for Honeywell
Rays prospect Brent Honeywell struggled to keep his fastball down in the zone during a rough outing on Wednesday, Keith Law writes. He showed five pitches in total, including a handful of screwballs. Law: Scouting the AFL (Insider)
Logan Morrison among top FA power bats
Things didn't go great for Morrison in Tampa Bay, but he can still drive the ball out of the park and is just 29 years old. Buster Olney previews how he stacks up to other big bats. The well-stocked slugger market (Insider)
Williams solid in AFL action
Rays prospect Justin Williams went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI, walk and a run scored for the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday. Williams batted third and played right field. Box score
Archer to serve as BBTN guest analyst
Rays pitcher Chris Archer will once again join the Baseball Tonight crew during their coverage of the World Series. Archer is scheduled to appear on BBTN for Games 1 and 2, and if necessary, Games 5, 6 and 7 and will also contribute to ESPN Radio's national broadcast coverage. Full story
Lefty reliever Dana Eveland, a free agent, said he expects to re-sign with Tampa Bay.
Honeywell struggles in AFL debut
Brent Honeywell, one of the Rays' top pitching prospects, served up two homers and allowed five runs on four hits in two innings in his first start for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. Box score
The Tampa Bay Rays have outrighted left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland and three other players to Triple-A Durham.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL East
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Fans can vote for their selections on MLB.com or on Twitter. Here are the nominees for each AL East team:
- Baltimore Orioles: Mark Trumbo
- Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz
- New York Yankees: Didi Gregorius
- Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria
- Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson
Worst home attendance in 2016
- Tampa Bay Rays - 1.29 million
- Oakland Athletics - 1.52 million
- Cleveland Indians - 1.59 million MLB attendance figures
Rays president Matt Silverman said the team is "hell-bent" on being competitive in 2017 following a season in which the club lost 94 games.
Tampa Bay just entered the offseason, but Matt Silverman says the Rays have already gotten calls regarding their starting pitchers.
Rays' longest homers of 2016
All distances calculated by ESPN's Home Run Tracker:
- Steven Souza Jr. - 461 feet (9/8)
- Brad Miller - 461 feet (6/20)
- Corey Dickerson - 453 feet (4/5)
- Logan Morrison - 452 feet (9/2)
- Steven Souza Jr. - 452 feet (4/6)
Rays finish near cellar of rankings
The 2016 Rays can be remembered for hitting home runs and having some solid starting pitching. However, a poor bullpen will likely stick out the most as the team finishes at 68-94. Week 26 Power Rankings
What's next for the Rays?
With Tampa Bay missing the postseason yet again, Jim Bowden lays out three objectives for the team this offseason. Among the priorities is addressing the catcher position, which could be done via trade. To-do lists for eliminated teams (Insider)
Alexei Ramirez had four hits, including a 10th-inning double before scoring, and the Rays ended another losing season with a 6-4 victory over the AL West champion Rangers on Sunday.
Lineup: Rays (67-94) at Rangers (95-66)
- 1. Logan Forsythe, 2B (R)
- 2. Mikie Mahtook, CF (R)
- 3. Evan Longoria, 3B (R)
- 4. Corey Dickerson, LF (L)
- 5. Richie Shaffer, 1B (R)
- 6. Alexei Ramirez, SS (R)
- 7. Curt Casali, DH (R)
- 8. Luke Maile, C (R)
- 9. Jaff Decker, RF (L)
- SP: Chase Whitley, RHP
Shields, Archer in not-so-great company
The Twins handed James Shields his 19th loss of the season on Saturday. Shields (6-19) and Chris Archer (9-19) become the first pair of pitchers to each lose 19 or more games in the same season since 2003 when a pair of Tigers did it: Mike Maroth (9-21) and Jeremy Bonderman (6-19), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Colby Lewis lost his fifth straight start in the right-hander's tuneup for the playoffs, allowing Corey Dickerson's three-run homer in the Rays' 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
What's the story of the 2016 Rays?
Rays ace Chris Archer didn't have as bad of a year as his record appears to indicate. Jayson Stark looks back on the numbers that defined Tampa Bays ace in the 2016 regular season. Beyond the Ivy
Yu Darvish looked playoff-ready with a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Friday night and clinched home-field advantage.
Cast your vote on who you think the Tampa Bay Rays' MVP has been this season.