With the 2021 All-Star Break behind them, the Tampa Bay Rays will travel to Cobb County where they will open a three-game set against Atlanta on Friday.
A day after the Tampa Bay Rays made waves by informing other teams they are open to the idea of trading left-hander Blake Snell (more on that below), the team was dealt a major blow when Atlanta announced it inked a one-year, $15-million deal with right-hander Charlie Morton.
On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays chose not to exercise the club options on right-handed-hurler Charlie Morton and catcher Mike Zunino. Morton’s option was valued at $15-million, while Zunino stood to make $4.5-million if his option was to be exercised.
After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, 6-4, not to mention the previously scheduled off-day, the 2020 World Series will resume play on Friday, when the Tampa Bay Rays take the field as the home team.
After sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Wildcard Series, as well as one last workout at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays departed for Petco Park in San Diego, where they will face the division-rival Yankees in the best of five American League Division Series, starting Monday.