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1/26/2015 | Inbox: Will Rays maintain high level of defense?

Will the Rays be able to maintain a high level of defense, even if stars like Evan Longoria and Kevin Kiermaier miss time? Bill Chastain answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.

1/26/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen

Leading the array of new faces among top second-base prospects is Jose Peraza, who could soon be part of a formidable double-play combination with Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta. Micah Johnson of the White Sox and the Blue Jays' Devon Travis are the two players who remain from last year's list.

1/22/2015 | Archer inspired, humbled by visit to South Africa

Chris Archer has a curious mind. He enjoys reading, learning and seeking answers. So he was the perfect choice to travel to South Africa as part of Major League Baseball's ambassador program, which helps build awareness of the game in different countries and continents. The trip left him humbled.

1/21/2015 | Rays name Minors staff, with big change at Triple-A

Jared Sandberg will have big shoes to fill as Triple-A Durham's new manager. The former infielder for the Devil Rays and Bulls will be the skipper to follow Charlie Montoyo, the winningest manager in Bulls history.

1/20/2015 | Rays Foundation accepting grant applications

Applications for the Rays Baseball Foundation's Community Fund Grant Program are now being accepted.

1/19/2015 | Inbox: Beckham a sleeper for Rays in 2015?

Could Tim Beckham seize a role with the big league club this season? Will the Rays regret their offseason changes? Beat reporter Bill Chastain tackles those topics and more in the latest Inbox.

1/18/2015 | A's, Rays could ride overhauled rosters to postseason

Turns out, neither the A's nor the Rays ever intended to punt on the 2015 season. From the beginning, both tried to tell us there was a larger plan. It's just that it was hard to see it.

1/16/2015 | Rays sign five to Minor League deals

The Rays signed five players to Minor League contracts on Friday, each with an invitation to Major League Spring Training: catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielder Joey Butler, infielder Juan Francisco, right-hander Jhan Marinez and left-hander Everett Teaford.

1/16/2015 | Cobb among eight Rays to avoid arbitration

The Rays have agreed to terms for the 2015 season with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players: right-hander Alex Cobb, infielder Logan Forsythe, catcher/designated hitter John Jaso, outfielder Desmond Jennings, right-hander Kevin Jepsen, left-hander Jake McGee, catcher Rene Rivera and left-hander Drew Smyly. In doing so, the Rays avoided going to arbitration.

1/15/2015 | Rays have been in position to surprise before

Nearly four years ago, Joe Maddon stood outside his team's clubhouse during Spring Training after the 2010 team was torn apart and boldly stated, "The demise of the Tampa Bay Rays has been greatly exaggerated." New president of baseball operations Matt Silverman hasn't paraphrased his former manager's line this offseason, but maybe he should.

1/15/2015 | Retooled Rays see a chance to prove doubters wrong

Rays management has not been dismantling the '27 Yankees this offseason. The 2014 Rays won 77 games. That's a 15-win drop-off from the previous season. So keep that in mind while throwing salvos at the makeover that new president of baseball operations Matt Silverman has directed this offseason.

1/15/2015 | Silverman foresees improved offense in 2015

Offensively, the 2014 Rays didn't exactly set a high bar. Last year's team scored 612 runs, while the opposition scored 625. Translation: The Rays' offense needs to improve. Matt Silverman, the Rays president of baseball operations, believes that will happen in 2015.

1/14/2015 | Moore targeting June return to Rays' rotation

Former Rays manager Joe Maddon used to say that a player's face would let you know how he felt. Well, judging from Matt Moore's face, the left-hander is well on his way to a total recovery from Tommy John surgery.

1/14/2015 | Rays' prospects getting taste of big league life

Tropicana Field's infield resembled ripening fruit on Wednesday morning, and that fruit was Major League prospects.

1/14/2015 | Cobb, 8 other Rays file for salary arbitration

Pitchers Alex Cobb, Kevin Jepsen, Jake McGee and Drew Smyly, designated hitter/catcher John Jaso, catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Logan Forsythe and outfielder Desmond Jennings filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday.

1/13/2015 | Rays 2015 Fan Fest scheduled for Feb. 21

The Rays announced on Tuesday that the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking for the event are free.

1/12/2015 | Source: Rays sign Francisco to Minors deal

The Rays have signed infielder Juan Francisco to a Minor League contract, a source confirmed to's Bill Chastain. The club has not confirmed the deal.

1/11/2015 | Zobrist expresses gratitude for 'chapter' with Rays

A day after getting traded to Oakland, Ben Zobrist noted that he was "sad to be leaving Tampa Bay." The Rays traded Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Athletics for catcher John Jaso and prospects Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.

1/10/2015 | Rays bid farewell to Zobrist in five-player deal with A's

Most figured Ben Zobrist would be elsewhere in 2015. On Saturday, that speculation came to fruition when the Rays traded one of the most popular players in team history to the A's. The surprise came in the fact that Yunel Escobar joined him. In return for their shortstop and utility man, the Rays received catcher John Jaso and a pair of prospects, shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell.

1/9/2015 | Rays' Spring Training tickets go on sale Jan. 16

The Rays announced on Friday the process for purchasing single-game tickets to 2015 Spring Training games and also introduced the new Spring Three-Game Pack.

1/8/2015 | Silverman discusses new role, Rays' direction

Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman recently sat down with to answer a few questions about his new role with the team and about the direction the team is headed.

1/8/2015 | Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon. Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

1/7/2015 | Rays' prospects taking part in Winter Development Program

The Rays will hold the organization's sixth annual Winter Development Program for select Minor League players from Monday through next Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

1/7/2015 | Cobb: Rays' rotation eyes 1,000-inning plateau

A big part of the Rays' success this year will be determined by how well the starting rotation does. Several of the starters have already expressed a desire to log 1,000 innings as a rotation.

1/7/2015 | Archer headlines list of 10 Rays out of options

A consideration at every Spring Training camp is the players who are out of options.

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