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2016 Q&A with Rays President Matt Silverman

Rays President Matt Silverman on the team's offense, recent pitching acquisitions, and more

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An interview with Jeff Cogen, Rays Chief Business Officer

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Check out this exhaustive interview with Jeff Cogen, Rays Chief Business Officer, from friend-of-the-site Mike Lortz.

An interview with Kyle Farnsworth

Rob interviews former Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth on THAT Miguel Cabrera at bat, the Paul Wilson fight that made him famous, Game 162, his nasty slider, and more.

Interview: Rays pitching prospect Spencer Moran

"I love the organization. Coming in, I didn’t really know how it would be but now I’ve experienced their reputation first hand. The whole staff has put me in a good position to succeed."

Solondz's Prospect Spotlight: MiLB Award winners

Richie Shaffer, Brent Honeywell, and three 2015 MiLB Award winners get the spotlight.

Brent Honeywell on his lessons learned from 2015

A Florida State League championship series spotlight.

An interview with high-A reliever Steve Ascher

One of few lefties in the Rays system, Steve Ascher was promoted straight to High-A in his first full season. Now he has a sterling 1.37 ERA out of the pen. Here's how he's getting that done.

Taylor Guerrieri getting closer to form

"He’s come a long way." - Port Charlotte manager Michael Johns

Q&A with Royals Review's Max Rieper

Time to get re-acquainted with our old foe in Kansas City.

Rays invite fish to throw 1st pitch for Earth Day

"It’s an honor to be invited to Tampa Bay where I am excited to celebrate one of my very favorite holidays with my good friend Raymond and some of the greatest fans in major league baseball!!"

Q&A with Camden Chat's Mark Brown

Learn what you need to know about the Orioles.

Q&A with Rays GM Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman talks about the DH situation, competitive balance picks, and what to expect from Stephen Souza.

Video: Chris Archer on MLB Network

"If we click, we're gonna do something special!"

An Interview with Rocco Baldelli

The Rays first base coach discusses data analytics and his new role in the organization.

Adames, Rondon, Smith updates from the WDP

Player updates from the first day of the "Winter" Development Program

Matt Silverman talks Ben Zobrist trade

Rays introduce Kevin Cash

Up next, the search for a bench coach begins.

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Baseball Essential interviews Rays owner Stu Sternberg

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Gershon Rabinowitz over at Baseball Essential provided a high level interview with Stu Sternberg in an article this afternoon. Topics were covered broadly, but two more poignant questions stood out to me: *** BBE: This past season, the Rays have suffered their first losing season since 2007, falling to fourth place in the Eastern Division. Given the struggles offensively, do the Rays plan on changing their offensive approach at all next season, since their current philosophy of contact/line drive hitting has not produced as expected? SS: Power is expensive. In an ideal world, we would have a team full of players that could hit for power, run well and field well. There are not enough of those to go around and even less in our price range. We do the best with our resources. BBE: Recently you announced the team was slashing payroll for next season after committing a record $80 million dollars to player expenditures in 2014. What made you decide to make this change and what benefits are there from a competitive standpoint of a reduced payroll? SS: We have gotten to the postseason twice with a forty million dollar payroll. Reducing the payroll does not help your chances, however reality is reality. The payrolls we have had since 2009 are for the most part not sustainable. *** Sternberg was not shy about the desire to cut payroll, and that's something we've already seen in practice this season as many season Rays players have been shown the door for prospects and younger alternatives. For more, please follow the link and check out the full interview.

A Conversation with ESPN's Buster Olney

We had the opportunity to speak with Buster between the ESPN Fourth of July and Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts, both of which feature the Tampa Bay Rays this year.

Q&A: John Sickels on key Rays prospects

Q&A with Rays GM Andrew Friedman

Check out our yearly Q&A with the Rays GM

John Sickels on Skills over Tools

Chris Archer and the Archway Foundation

I recently had the chance to speak with Rays starting pitcher, Chris Archer, about the charity work that he does off the field through his Archway Foundation.

Kevin Kiermaier, future CF for the Tampa Bay Rays

Recently lauded by Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America as one of the organization's top ten prospects, the Rays' speedy center fielder agreed to talk with DRaysBay about his career thus far, and his excitement for the coming season.

Gauging Interest in David Price, Part 7

Brief conversations with SB Nation's best on the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants.

Gauging Interest in David Price, Part 6

Interviews with SB Nation's best on the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Houston Astros -- yes, really!

Gauging Interest in David Price, Part 5

Interviews with SB Nation's best on the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals.

Gauging Interest in David Price, Part 4

Interviews with SB Nation's best on the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.

Gauging Interest in David Price, Part 3

Interviews with SB Nation's best on the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Gauging Interest in David Price, Part 2

Interviews with SB Nation's best on the Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gauging Interest in David Price, Part 1

Interviews with Lookout Landing's managing editor Scott Weber, Bleed Cubbie Blue's prospect guru Josh Timmers, and Lone Star Ball's site manager Adam J. Morris.

An Interview with Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler played in the Tampa Bay outfield from 2009 to 2010, and joined the Rays front office shortly thereafter. He will be joining the newly formed Fox Sports 1 as an Analyst when it premiers on August 17th.

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