PORT CHARLOTTE While the Rays are holding back most of their starters and veteran pitchers early in this extended spring training, RHP Chris Archer is working at an accelerated pace to be ready for next month's World Baseball Classic. Tuesday, that was evident as Archer split his batting practice
DEVELOPING: The Rays' hopes of landing free-agent C Matt Wieters appear to have ended Tuesday with a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the former Orioles All-Star is close to a deal with the Nationals. The deal is said to be for two years, though with an opt-out after the first. The Rays
PORT CHARLOTTE The quiet December morning in the Gadea household in Chinandega, Nicaragua, was shattered when Kevin Gadea stirred awake and checked his iPhone messages. There was one from the Mariners. Gadea was now a Ray. "I was screaming," he said. The commotion woke his mother, Rosibel.