To Better Know A Catcher: Rene Rivera

But at some point between 8:30 Wednesday night and the moment I started to pen this piece, I had a change of heart. A question I dared ask myself, what if this portion of the trade was positive? I fully acknowledge that I had a change of heart, partly because of what I’ve read about Rivera — despite the fact that he’s now with his seventh organization in 11 years, Rivera is a solid backstop.

Let’s expand on that.

Rays Call Up Ali Solis, Ryan Hanigan Lands On DL (Updated)

Some light has been shed on the Rays’ motivation in calling up catcher Ali Solis from Triple-A Durham, as opposed to a position player like Kevin Kiermaier or Vince Belnome. It seems there’s a good chance Ryan Hanigan could spend some time on the 15-day disabled list, due to complications extending from a tight hamstring.

Hot-Stove: Rays, Jose Molina Agree to Multi-Year Deal

I wrote yesterday that the Tampa Bay Rays have reached a two-year, $4.5MM deal with 38 year-old catcher, Jośe Molina. A few of the finer details surrounding the deal have surfaced. When the deal is officially announced in the next few days, Molina is projected to make $1.75-million in 2014 (a slight pay cut from 2013, when …

Hot-Stove: Roster Moves; Yates, Belnome, and Riefenhauser

Among other Hot-Stove moves, the Rays have announced the addition of RHP Kirby Yates, INF Vince Belnome and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to the Tampa Bay Rays 40-Man Roster.

Of Spring Training and Other Random Bits of Ephemera (Part One)

Can you feel that extra spring in the collective steps of every MLB baseball fan? Yes friends, baseball is back and we couldn’t be happier! The Rays pitchers and catchers have found their way down to Port Charlotte, while the position players aren’t far behind. The Rays had another active off-season, and we’ll discuss that …