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Wednesday
Dec312014

Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal.

Cabrera, 29, signed for around $8 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Last season Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals from the Cleveland Indians, with whom he has spent the previous seven seasons.

Cabrera has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season with both the Nationals and Indians, he hit .241, had an OBP of .307 and 108 strikeouts.

This has been the latest move for a Rays franchise undergoing a major overhaul.  After manager Joe Maddon and general manager Andrew Friedman left the franchise, the team has traded away Wil Myers, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Joyce, Joel Peralta and Sean Rodriguez.

Cabrera joins Ernesto Frieri and Michael Kohn as additions to the big league roster.


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Sunday
Dec072014

Tampa's Excited to Have Kevin Cash

BananaStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG) -- The Rays hired Kevin Cash on Friday to be their new manager and the team is excited about what he'll bring to the table.

Cash has no major league managerial experience, but is grateful for the opportunity.

"I don't know if you can put words on [returning to my hometown]," said Cash during a Friday afternoon conference call. "There's a lot of excitement knowing we'd be coming home. My family's there -- my brother, grandfather, nieces, nephews, it's just incredible. And then to be able to reconnect with some friendships and then develop the new relationships, I'm really looking forward to it."

Tampa finished 77-85 and in fourth place in the tough A.L. Eastern division last year.

"I'm really excited about the new direction," third baseman Evan Longoria said.  "Kevin brings experience as a player at the Major League level, which excites me. Along with a fresh attitude that I feel will translate into making our already great clubhouse even better."

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is looking forward to seeing Cash grow as a manager.

"We are fortunate to have such a talented individual, and Tampa Bay native, to lead our club as we strive to achieve new heights as a team and organization," Sternberg said.


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Friday
Dec052014

Rays Hire Kevin Cash as Manager

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Replacing former manager Joe Maddon won't be easy, but the Tampa Bay Rays are confident that Kevin Cash is the right man for the job, as they announced the hiring of their fifth manager in franchise history on Friday.

Cash is a first-time manager who was previously the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians and also served time as a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

"His energy and dynamic personality will fit seamlessly with our clubhouse," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. "We are fortunate to have such a talented individual, and Tampa Bay native, to lead our club as we strive to achieve new heights as a team and organization."

Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, becomes the youngest manager in Major League Baseball. He is also a Tampa native.

Maddon left the team earlier in the offseason to become the manager of the Chicago Cubs. Along with Cash, the Rays also considered Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez.

Cash played eight seasons as a catcher with Toronto, Tampa Bay, Boston, the New York Yankees and Houston, from 2002 to 2010.


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