As New York and Boston pull away, it could be time for the O's, Jays and Rays to admit they can't keep up -- and cash in on their biggest stars.
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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Carlos Gonzalez's value has declined after a down year in Colorado, but he's quietly attracting interest as a free agent because he's likely to sign a short-term deal to reestablish his market value. The Blue Jays, Royals, Rays, Giants and Athletics are among the teams that have CarGo on their radar. "There will be a rush once we all realize we can't get what we want," said a personnel man for one of the clubs keeping an eye on Gonzalez.
Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer
Tampa Bay Rays Manager Kevin Cash on the trade rumors encompassing Evan Longoria and Chris Archer: "I know there is a lot of chatter about our players. I don't know what will take place."
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Rays manager Kevin Cash didn't mince words when asked about the power of the division rival New York Yankees: "It's going to be very challenging." Said he's already done some sketching on what facing that lineup will look like.
Which major free agents are most likely to sign first? Which team's GM will be the most active, and what will be the most surprising move? Our experts dig in to what could happen as teams start wheeling and dealing.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Yadier Molina hosted a celebrity softball game and HR Derby to bring joy to his island of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria. Yadi had the opportunity to share the experience with his two older brothers, Bengie and José Molina.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Los hermanos Molina se juntaron en su isla de Puerto Rico para traerle alegría al pueblo después del catastrófico Huracán María. Yadier Molina es el anfitrión de un "Home Run Derby" y un juego de softball de celebridades, donde compartió junto a sus hermanos Bengie y José.
A star slugger to the Cardinals? A coveted young ace to the Dodgers? With baseball's winter meetings just days away, we offer a handful of deals that make sense for all sides.
The ChiSox fired up the hot stove by signing free agent Welington Castillo, while the Cardinals dealt a 2016 All-Star and the Rays landed a prospect.
The Diamondbacks added to their bullpen Thursday, acquiring former All-Star closer Brad Boxberger from the Rays.
Longoria is far and away the best player in Rays history, but his Hall of Fame candidacy could be helped by a change of venue.
The Rays have reportedly had trade conversations involving starter Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome, who are eligible for arbitration.
Minnesota has reportedly put out feelers regarding a pair of starters and several relievers.
Though the status quo odds are long for the Rays, Tampa Bay's playoff contention is within the realm of possibility.
Nothing could have a greater impact on the Rays' future than securing new digs.
Honeywell among seven added to Rays' roster
The Tampa Bay Rays added RHPs Brent Honeywell, Diego Castillo, Yonny Chirinos and Jose Mujica, LHP Ryan Yarbrough, OF/1B Jake Bauers and OF Justin Williams to the team's 40-man roster on Monday.
Lowe launches homer in AFL
Rays second-base prospect Brandon Lowe went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League's regular-season finale on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who participated in the league's Fall Stars Game earlier this month, slashed .224/.348/.414 in 16 games.
None of the nine free agents to receive $17.4 million qualifying offers from their clubs accepted the offer by Thursday's deadline, the players' union announced.
Tampa Bay could reportedly be a suitor for the veteran slugger after the sides had discussions last winter.
Brent Honeywell has as good of a Rookie of the Year chance as almost anyone, especially if he gets in the Rays' rotation early.
The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly had discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays about a possible deal for closer Alex Colome.
Matt Silverman has transitioned back into a role as team president of the Tampa Bay Rays after spending the past three years as head of the club's baseball operations.
If the Rays are going to do anything to add, it is likely they will need to unload some big contracts from a payroll that was $80 million last season.
With a weak market for starters, Alex Cobb could land the biggest deal among Tampa Bay's free agents. But don't sleep on Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda receiving their due.
Both pitchers underperformed last year, but they still have trade value. While Odorizzi brings durability, Archer remains one of the top strikeout pitchers and is playing on a great contract.