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Rays' Brandon Lowe: Back at full strength
Lowe (knee) has fully recovered and doesn't expect to be limited in his winter workouts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Lowe was placed on the 10-day injured list at the end of the 2023 campaign after suffering a fractured right patella, but the injury won't alter his offseason program much. The Maryland product should report to spring training with a clean bill of health.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Andrew Lindsey: Dealt to Tampa Bay
The Marlins traded Lindsey to the Rays on Friday alongside Erick Lara and a player to be named later or cash in exchange for Vidal Brujan and Calvin Faucher (biceps).
Lindsey made just two appearances in the Florida Complex League in 2023, giving up four runs in 4.1 innings while striking out two batters and walking one. The 24-year-old righty may report to Single-A to begin the 2024 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Erick Lara: Traded to Rays
The Marlins traded Lara to the Rays on Friday alongside Andrew Lindsey and a player to be named later or cash in exchange for Vidal Brujan and Calvin Faucher (biceps).
The Rays will acquire Lara as a lottery-ticket prospect after the 17-year-old infielder slashed .305/.416/.445 across 154 plate appearances in the Dominican Summer League.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tyler Alexander: Avoids arbitration
Alexander (lat) signed a one-year contract with the Rays on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Alexander was claimed off waivers from the Tigers last week. He finished the 2023 season on the 60-day injured list because of a partial lat tear but struck out 44 batters and issued only five walks over 44 innings when healthy.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Austin Shenton: Selected to 40-man roster
The Rays selected Shenton to their 40-man roster Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Shenton put up an impressive .304/.423/.584 batting line with 29 home runs and 99 RBI over 134 games this past season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. The 25-year-old corner infielder looks poised to make his major-league debut in the early part of the 2024 season.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yoniel Curet: Gains spot on 40-man
The Rays selected Curet to their 40-man roster Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Curet pitched to a 2.94 ERA and 144:73 K:BB over 104 innings this past season between Low-A Charleston and High-A Bowling Green. The 21-year-old right-hander is now officially protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Cooper Criswell: Bumped off 40-man roster
Criswell was designated for assignment by the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Criswell struggled to a 5.73 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 27:11 K:BB over 33 major-league innings in 2023. The 27-year-old right-hander no longer holds a 40-man roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Calvin Faucher: Designated for assignment
Faucher (biceps) was designated for assignment by the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Faucher finished the 2023 season on the 60-day injured list because of lingering biceps tendinitis and posted a rough 7.01 ERA in 25.2 innings when healthy. He is no longer part of the club's 40-man roster mix.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tyler Alexander: Claimed by Rays
The Rays claimed Alexander (lat) off waivers from the Tigers on Friday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
Alexander missed much of the 2023 campaign with a tear in his left lat, although he's been throwing for a couple months and should be ready for spring training. The left-hander holds a career 4.38 ERA and 273:74 K:BB over 341.1 career major-league innings. He could operate as a swingman in Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Alex Jackson: Re-signs with Rays
The Rays re-signed Jackson (shoulder) to a minor-league contract Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Jackson hit four homers in 14 games with Triple-A Durham this season after being acquired from the Brewers but missed the last several weeks of the season with a right shoulder injury. If healthy, he gives the Rays an option to pair with Rene Pinto at catcher.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Adam Leverett: Shipped to Tampa Bay
The Rays acquired Leverett and cash considerations from the Phillies on Monday in exchange for right-hander Michael Mercado.
Leverett, a 25-year-old right-handed reliever, has spent the last two seasons at Double-A Reading and turned in a 3.94 ERA and 52:27 K:BB over 64 innings in 2023. He'll continue to serve as pitching depth in the upper rungs of the minors with his new organization in 2024.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Manuel Rodriguez: Joins 40-man roster
The Rays selected Rodriguez's contract from Triple-A Durham on Monday.
Rodriguez, whom the Rays acquired from the Cubs on Aug. 1, excelled down the stretch for Triple-A Durham, pitching to a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 24:8 K:BB in 17.2 innings over the final two months of the season. Now a member of the Rays' 40-man roster, the 27-year-old right-hander will look to secure a spot in the big club's Opening Day bullpen. Rodriguez previously made 34 relief appearances with the Cubs between the 2021 and 2022 seasons, logging a 4.88 ERA and 1.56 WHIP across 31.1 frames.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tatem Levins: Acquired by Tampa Bay
The Rays acquired Levins from the Mariners on Monday in exchange for catcher Blake Hunt, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Tampa Bay and Seattle agreed to exchange minor-league catchers entering their age-25 campaigns in 2024, though Hunt is further along in his development after reaching the Triple-A level in 2023, while Levins spent the entire season at the Single-A level. Levins will likely get the bump up to High-A Bowling Green to begin his tenure in the Rays organization after slashing .286/.358/.476 with nine home runs and 29 walks against 57 strikeouts over 279 plate appearances in the California League a season ago.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Raimel Tapia: Lands on waiver wire
The Rays placed Tapia on outright waivers Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tapia bounced around three different organizations last season, slashing .236/.317/.338 over 168 major-league plate appearances. The 29-year-old outfielder's production has fallen since leaving Colorado in 2022, but he may still be able to function as a reserve outfielder next year.... See More ... See Less