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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Players and pooches, on sale now

And the Rays keep one of their guys.

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game - World Team v United States

This is today, y’all.

And on another positive note, Justin O’Conner, former top prospect DFA’d after struggles and back surgery, will be kept in the organization.


  • Chris Anders of Beyond the Box Score analyzed Nick Franklin, who showed the biggest year-to-year improvement in contact rate in all of baseball.
  • Bill Chastain of talked to Mikie Mahtook about competing for an outfield job.
  • David Laurila asked a bunch of managers, including Kevin Cash, if the curveball was coming back. Overall gist is that maybe it is a little, but that really it’s just that teams are getting better at finding their pitchers’ optimal pitch mix, and that for some guys with good curves that means more curves.
  • Jason Hammel has a curve ball. He’s also a former-Ray, and a free agent.