Steve Geltz claimed by Milwaukee, who also acquired Erik Thames; Jim Bowden’s odd trade suggestion

All still is quiet on the acquisition front for the Tampa Bay Rays, though a couple players connected to the ball club have found new homes in the NL.

Hot-Stove: Rays, Smyly had arbitration hearing on Wednesday; Smyly wins hearing Thursday

According to Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Bay Rays Rays and LHP Drew Smyly had an arbitration hearing on Wednesday. Another hearing is expected to come Thursday, at which time an arbitration panel will award the lefty either a $3.75-million salary for the 2016 season ― the figure Smyly initially sought going into the off-season, or $3.2-million ― the figure submitted by the Rays.

Hot-Stove: Rays in discussions with the Rockies for Corey Dickerson

According to Ken Rosenthal (Fox Sports) and Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Bay Rays are in talks with the Rockies regarding a potential trade for Colorado outfielder Corey Dickerson. While a trade may not be inevitable at the moment, it is not hard to see how one could make sense, given that Tampa Bay appears to be in the market for another impact bat.

Hot-Stove: Rays sign Steve Pearce to one-year, $4.75-mm deal

The Tampa Bay Rays are close to inking a one-year deal with right-handed slugger Steve Pearce pending a physical, according to Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times). Pearce is expected to receive time in left field, at first base and at DH.