Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Loney, Rodney lead list of 9 Rays free agents
Posted Oct 31, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 05:15 PM
First baseman James Loney, closer Fernando Rodney, catcher Jose Molina, pitchers Roberto Hernandez, Jamie Wright and Jesse Crain, designated hitters Delmon Young and Luke Scott and infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson became free agents Wednesday at the conclusion of the World Series.
The Rays have until Monday to tender contracts to their free agents. On Tuesday, the nine are free to negotiate with all 30 major league teams.
Monday is also the deadline for the Rays to act on the options for second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Yunel Escobar, center fielder David DeJesus and pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo. Oviedo signed a minor league contract for 2013 with an option for 2014. He spent the year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
The Rays are expected to pick up the options for Zobrist ($7 million) and Escobar ($5 million). The Rays could decline to pick up the $6.5 million option for DeJesus, pay him a $1.5 million buyout and try to resign him to a more team friendly contract.
Oviedo, who saved 92 games between 2009 and 2011 with Miami when he went by the name Leo Nunez, has a $2 million club option for 2014 and a $30,000 buyout. He could be the Rays closer next season if they do not sign Rodney.
Rays infield goes 0-4 in Gold Glove voting
Posted Oct 29, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 08:50 PM
The Rays were 0-for-4 in the Gold Glove voting as the entire infield was shutout despite being finalists for the annual award sponsored by Rawlings.
Third baseman Evan Longoria was up for his third Gold Glove after winning the award in 2009 and 2010. James Loney, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar were finalists for their first Gold Gloves.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer won his first Gold Glove.
Dustin Pedroia earned his third Gold Glove at second base.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy won the Gold Glove for the second straight year.
The Gold Glove at third base went to Manny Machado for the Orioles, a first-time winner.
Loney, Zo, Escobar, Longo learn tonight if they’ve won Gold Gloves
Posted Oct 29, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 09:31 AM
All four of the Rays infielders are finalists for Gold Glove Awards, which will be presented at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN2.
Third baseman Evan Longoria could win his third Gold Glove, while first baseman James Loney, second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar are vying for their first Gold Gloves.
Together they combined for a major league-low 29 errors.
Escobar led all major league shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage, while Zobrist led AL second basemen in fielding with a .993 percentage.
Here are the AL finalists at the four infield spots:
1B – Loney; Chris Davis, Orioles; Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B – Zobrist; Robinson Cano, Yankees; Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3B – Longoria; Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Manny Machado, Orioles
SS – Escobar; Alcides Escobar, Royals; J.J. Hardy, Orioles
Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won the award last season. First baseman Carlos Peña (2008), left fielder Carl Crawford (2010) and Longoria (2009 and 2010) also won Gold Gloves.
Rays entire infield finalists for Gold Gloves
Posted Oct 25, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM
BY ROGER MOONEY
All season Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon touted the strength of his infield defense, saying it was the best in baseball.
That claim was supported Friday when the finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for defense were announced. Included in the American League were all four members of the Rays infield – first baseman James Loney, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Yunel Escobar and third baseman Evan Longoria.
The winners will be announced at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.
Longoria is a two-time Gold Glove winner, having been named the American League’s top fielding third baseman in 2009 and 2010. Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won the award last season. Former first baseman Carlos Peña (2008) and left fielder Carl Crawford (2010) also won Gold Gloves.
The Rays infield committed a major league-low 36 errors in 2013.
Escobar led all major league shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage. Zobrist led AL second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage.
Myers, Fernandez named rookies of the year by Sporting News
Posted Oct 21, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Tampa Alonso High product Jose Fernandez and Rays right fielder Wil Myers have been named the rookies of the year for their respective leagues Monday by the Sporting News.
Fernandez, 12-6 this season for the Marlins, easily outdistanced right fielder Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers 67-4 in vote of Nation League players for the NL award.
Myers, who hit .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI in 88 games for the Rays, was picked for the AL award over shortstop Julio Iglesias of the Tigers by a vote of 33-29. Rays right-hander Chris Archer was third with 27 votes.
Myers and Fernandez are among the top candidates for the Baseball Writers’ of America rookie of the year awards that will be announced Nov. 11.
Here is a link to the story …