The Rays have inked a one-year contract with RHRP Michael Kohn, the club announced today. Kohn, 28, elected free agency after being designated for assignment and outrighted in early September by the Los Angeles Angels. He posted a 2-1 record and a 3.04 ERA/4.27 FIP/9.89 K9/7.61 BB9 in 23-2/3 innings of work with the Angels last season.
This acquisition represents the first of the Matt Silverman era. It also signifies what could be seen as the start of the rebuilding phase of the Rays bullpen. We’ll have a more in-depth write up on Kohn shortly.
As thought leaders for Rays nation and some of the most passionate and well-informed fans in all of baseball, DRaysbay is an appropriate place for me to post my thoughts as I depart from the Rays. Thank you for caring as much as you do, and thank you for some of the ideas which I may or may not have taken from you over the years.
This is both a happy and sad day for me. I leave the Tampa Bay area with incredible memories and life-long friendships from my ten years here. My experience was far beyond what I could ever have imagined. This region and this organization will always be a very special place to me and my family. I owe so much to so many, from the incredible, loyal Rays fans to the remarkable team we assembled in baseball operations, to Joe Maddon, to the coaches, clubhouse staff and players. Most importantly, I thank Stu Sternberg, his ownership team and Matt Silverman for their incredible faith in and support of me every moment of every day. They gave me the chance to lead a baseball department, and for that I will be eternally grateful. With their leadership and direction, we were able to create together an unbelievable culture that no doubt will continue. This organization is loaded with talent from ownership to players and everyone between. I am absolutely confident that the success we have achieved over the years will continue into the future. I am very excited about the next chapter in my life, and the experiences that I enjoyed here will help guide me as I embark on my next journey.
Matt Moore’s helper on clean-up day!
The Rays packed up the clubhouse yesterday after finishing their season 77-85. Above, pitcher Matt Moore gets a hug from his goldendoodle Griffin while pitcher Alex Colome packs up his duffel bag below. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
James Loney, his wife, and their son
I want to throw up. No really, I might throw up.
Happy Birthday, Chris Archer!
After taking two foul tips off his facemask in the span of three pitches, Casali is likely done for the year following a concussion.
"I didn’t feel very good after that second one," Casali said. "I didn’t feel good after the first one. I was telling the trainers, I think if the two happened to be separated a little bit more, if there had been some time in between the two pitches it would have been OK. But just the fact it happened in three pitches hit the nail on the head, took me out."
"But today, I feel a lot better," he said. "I’m not really sensitive to light or anything like that. I don’t have a headache today, just kind of a groggy feeling today. Just feel a little out of it. I don’t know what the plan is going forward. I don’t know if I’m inactive or can play or not. I’ll see how it feels maybe tomorrow, if they’ll let me go through some activities and sneak in one more game before the season ends."
"I don’t have a headache, which is great, because this is my second one. And the first time I was out of it for probably three days in a dark room. So this is definitely a lesser [problem]. So that’s encouraging."
(Photo courtesy of Juliana Zobrist)
Ben Zobrist received the Don Zimmer MVP Award today, presented by “Soot” Zimmer. The BBWAA also awarded Jake Odorrizzi with the Rays Top Rookie award, while Evan Longoria received the Champion Award for his work on and off the field.