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Author: Jack Weber

What the Wilson Ramos Injury Means for the Tampa Bay Rays

Back in 2016, life was looking good for Wilson Ramos. He was heading to the postseason with the Washington Nationals, and then he was heading to free agency as the top catcher on the market coming off an All-Star season. In a cruel twist, though, Ramos suffered a torn ACL in the final week of the regular season. His 2016 season was over, and a big chunk of his 2017 was already over. Meanwhile, his value in free agency plummeted. He ended up settling for a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays worth just $12.5 million in guaranteed...

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Tampa Bay Rays Trade Candidate: Chris Archer

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has seemingly had his name in trade rumors for years now. With Archer just being activated off the disabled list, the non-waiver trade deadline just three weeks away and the Rays looking like sellers, you can bet the trade chatter around him will begin to pick up again as we get closer to the July 31st deadline. Is now the time for the Rays to finally pull the trigger on an Archer trade? There are several reasons that Archer has been an appealing trade target to other teams. For one, he’s pretty...

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Blake Snell Has Become an Ace for the Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have made headlines with their unique pitching strategy this year. They’ve started many games with an “opener,” a relief pitcher who pitches one or two innings and is then replaced by a pitcher who can cover more innings. So far, it’s worked effectively for the Rays, but they’d prefer if they didn’t have to operate this way. They’d love to be like the Houston Astros and have five great starting pitchers they could just use as traditional starters. That’s not the reality for Tampa Bay, though. Following an off-season that saw Alex Cobb depart via free agency and Jake Odorizzi traded, the Rays then lost top prospects Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon for the season as they had to undergo Tommy John surgery in Spring Training. Another promising young pitcher, Anthony Banda, has also since had Tommy John. Nathan Eovaldi had to undergo an elbow procedure and missed the first two months. Meanwhile, Jake Faria‘s on the 60-day disabled list with an oblique strain he suffered on May 22nd, and Chris Archer is on the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury he suffered on June 2nd. Oh, and they also just lost Wilmer Font to a lat strain that could sideline him for two months. With so many injuries, the Rays were more or less forced into their unorthodox pitching plan. It’s not...

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