Charlie Morton signs with Atlanta, Rays are open to the idea of trading Blake Snell

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.

Rays opt not to exercise club options with Morton and Zunino, although both are open to returning

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.

TNWN: Rays look to continue their winning ways on Friday, in Game Three

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.

TNWN: Rays vs. Yankees — an American League Division Series preview

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.