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  1. Rays outright Jeff Niemann off 40-man roster

    Nov 18, 2013, 2:51 PM EST

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    Not so long ago Jeff Niemann was a big part of the Rays’ plans, but the former No. 4 overall pick missed most of 2012 and all of 2013 with a fractured fibula followed by shoulder surgery and now Tampa Bay has dropped him from the 40-man roster. Niemann chose free agency, so he’ll be…

  2. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EST

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  3. Rays choose Roberto Hernandez for rotation, send Jeff Niemann to bullpen

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Roberto Hernandez

    Last year the Rays had a lot of success shifting Wade Davis from the rotation to the bullpen, as he went from a mediocre starter to a very good reliever (and then they traded him to the Royals). This year they’re making the same shift with Jeff Niemann, moving him to the bullpen in an…

  4. 2013 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EST

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: is this the year Evan Longoria challenges for the MVP award? Longoria has…

  5. Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EST

    Jordan Lyles

    Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No.…

  6. Report: The Rockies have checked in with the Rays about Jeff Niemann

    Feb 23, 2013, 12:10 PM EST

    Jeff Niemann AP

    UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Dodgers have called the Rockies, among other teams, to gauge their interest in left-hander Chris Capuano. 12:10 PM: After finishing last in the majors in 2012 with a 5.22 ERA, the Rockies are asking around about potential upgrades for their starting rotation. ESPN’s Buster Olney…

  7. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EST

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  8. Jeff Niemann signs one-year deal with Rays to avoid arbitration

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Jeff Niemann

    Tampa Bay and Jeff Niemann have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Niemann was arbitration eligible for the second time after earning $2.75 million last season and gets only a small bump in salary because he missed most of the year with a broken…

  9. Rays should trade James Shields to fill holes

    Nov 11, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    James Shields

    That the Rays will trade a starter this winter seems like a given. With David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Jeff Niemann and Chris Archer all under contract, the Rays possess both quality and quantity in the rotation. What they don’t have are bats and a lot of money, so with…

  10. Jeff Niemann given good news by Dr. James Andrews

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:28 PM EST

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    Things might be looking up for Jeff Niemann. According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the right-hander received “good news” about his ailing throwing shoulder on Wednesday after paying a visit to joint specialist Dr. James Andrews. He should be allowed to resume throwing in a couple of weeks and could return before the end of the regular…

  11. Jeff Niemann out indefinitely with inflammation in rotator cuff

    Sep 3, 2012, 8:10 PM EST

    Jeff Niemann Rays Getty

    After missing 3 1/2 months with a fractured right fibula, Jeff Niemann exited his start against the Blue Jays on Saturday after just 3 1/3 innings with what was initially described as right arm tightness. It turns out the injury could end his season. According to Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times, Niemann is out…

  12. Rays facing decision with Jeff Niemann on the way back

    Aug 15, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

    Jeff Niemann

    Jeff Niemann, out since mid-May with a fractured leg, allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second rehab start for high-A Charlotte on Tuesday. He’s still probably two rehab starts away from rejoining the Rays, but his return could prompt a roster crunch. Alex Cobb, Niemann’s rotation replacement, has won his last three…

  13. Rays turn to Alex Cobb, not Wade Davis, as Jeff Niemann’s rotation replacement

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Alex Cobb

    Jeff Niemann is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured right leg, but rather than shift Wade Davis back to the rotation the Rays are turning to Alex Cobb as the fill-in. No official announcement has been made yet, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Cobb will pitch in Niemann’s place tomorrow…

  14. Troy Tulowitzki left last night’s game after being nailed in the leg with a foul ball

    May 15, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki is listed as day-to-day after getting smacked in the leg with a Dexter Fowler foul ball as he stood on the top step of the dugout last night: “I had no chance,” said Tulowitzki, who briefly tried to remain the game before being replaced for a pinch runner after reaching base on a…

  15. Jeff Niemann is out at least 4-6 weeks a broken right leg

    May 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

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    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, an Adam Lind comebacker hit Rays starter Jeff Niemann‘s right leg last night, knocking him out of the game in the first inning.  And now, we learn from the Tampa Bay Times, it has knocked him out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks, as it gave him a small…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EST

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

  17. Springtime Storylines: Do the Tampa Bay Rays have the best rotation in baseball?

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    Matt Moore

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Do the Rays have the best rotation in baseball? The Phillies and the…

  18. Jeff Niemann wins final spot in Rays’ rotation, Wade Davis heads to bullpen

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Matt Moore‘s presence in the Rays’ rotation meant they had six starters for five spots and today manager Joe Maddon announced that Jeff Niemann will be the fifth starter and Wade Davis, who started 29 games in each of the past two seasons and has never relieved in the majors, will be in the bullpen.…

  19. Rays quick to demote Alex Cobb, Juan Miranda

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Alex Cobb

    While the first-round of spring cuts is usually reserved for guys with no major league experience, the Rays demoted some bigger names Monday, sending down pitchers Alex Cobb, Alex Torres and Chris Archer, as well as first baseman Juan Miranda. The 24-year-old Cobb went 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts for the Rays…

  20. Wade Davis isn’t thrilled with the possibility of pitching out of the bullpen

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    wade davis getty

    The Rays decided against cashing in on their starting pitching depth over the winter and will enter spring training with six realistic candidates for five spots. David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and top prospect Matt Moore are essentially locks for the rotation at this point, which means Wade Davis will compete with Jeff Niemann…

  21. Arbitration hearings final tally: Teams 5, Players 2

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    i-win-you-lose

    Garrett Jones‘ hearing against the Pirates was the final one of the arbitration season and his loss means that teams defeated players in five of the seven cases that went the distance. MLB Trade Rumors notes that the seven hearings represent just five percent of the 142 total arbitration eligible players, as settling for one-year…

  22. Rays and Joel Peralta avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Joel Peralta

    Joel Peralta has avoided arbitration with the Rays, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.175 million. Tampa Bay picked Peralta up after he was non-tendered by Washington last offseason and the 35-year-old reliever was an excellent low-cost signing, earning just $925,000 while throwing 68 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio. He’ll likely…

  23. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are Rays pitchers most likely to be shopped

    Dec 14, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    wade davis getty

    Tampa Bay has all kinds of starting pitching depth, leading to speculation that they’ll try to cash some of it in for lineup help at some point. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times examined all the rotation options and concluded that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are the most likely starters to be traded…

  24. The Reds are talking to the Rays about James Shields

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    james shields getty

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the Reds have had “ongoing talks” with the Rays about James Shields. This is interesting inasmuch as the Rays have said that they’re not interested in dealing Shields.  It’s possible, of course, that the talks might involve other Rays pitchers like Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann. Certainly the…

  25. Fake trade: James Shields to Cincinnati for Yonder Alonso

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EST

    James Shields

    (The following is not a done deal or even a valid rumor and should not be treated as such.) Reds acquire RHP James Shields and RHP Kyle Farnsworth from the Rays for first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal. Courtesy of Yahoo’s Tim Brown comes the rumor that the Reds have started shopping top prospect Yonder…

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