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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Rays do Cobb a solid

Make sure he walks into the sunset a healthy pitcher

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The Rays are skipping Alex Cobb’s last start, to avoid the risk of him getting hurt before what will be his offseason free-agent payday. That’s a payday that is unlikely to be with the Rays, but Cobb sounds touched that the team is looking out for him:

"I'm fortunate that I'm with an organization that does care about you beyond your career," Cobb said. "And they've elaborated on the fact they appreciate what's gone on, what I've done for the organization in the past, and they're looking out for my best interest going forward from here. [It's special] that a team thinks like that and does want the best for me going forward.

Meanwhile, Marc Topkin talked to Chris Archer more about his decision not to take a knee during the national anthem. Archer maintained that his extensive work in the community is activism, that he’s proud of it, and that he does not need to kneel during the anthem to make the point.