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2010 Tampa Bay Rays
Major league affiliations
2010 information
Owner(s) Stuart Sternberg
Manager(s) Joe Maddon
Local television FS Florida
Sun Sports
Local radio Tampa Bay Rays Radio Network (English)
WGES (Spanish)

The Tampa Bay Rays' 2010 season will be their 13th season of baseball. They will attempt to improve on their 84–78 record from 2009.





Outfielder Gabe Kapler, who had been signed before the 2009 season to just a one-year contract, was re-signed to another one-year deal for $1.05 million on October 27, 2009.[1]

Second baseman Akinori Iwamura was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for relief pitcher Jesse Chavez on November 3, 2009. Iwamura had a $4.85 million option for 2010, but with several other players in the organization who could fill the position, the Rays decided to part ways with Iwamura by trading him. Andrew Friedman, the Rays' Vice President of Baseball Operations, stated that it was "tough to put into words" what "Aki" meant to the Rays, who had been with the team since the 2006 season, and was the player who recorded the final out in the 2008 American League Championship Series that sent the Rays to their first World Series.[2]

On November 9, 2009, the Rays chose to exercise the 2010 option of left fielder Carl Crawford, worth $10 million, but declined the options of relief pitcher Brian Shouse and catcher Gregg Zaun that would have been worth $2 million each.[3]

The Rays acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Cleveland Indians on December 1, 2009 for a player to be named later.[4] That player turned out to be minor-league pitcher Mitch Talbot.[5]

Chavez was dealt to the Atlanta Braves for relief pitcher Rafael Soriano on December 10, 2009.[6]

The Rays had been in talks with the Chicago Cubs to send Pat Burrell to Chicago in exchange for Milton Bradley. Both players would make the same amount of money in 2010, but while Burrell would be at the end of his contract following the conclusion of the season, Bradley was owed $13 million in 2011, a price the Rays were not willing to take on all of. Unable to make an agreement on how to split the cost, the Cubs eventually sent Bradley to the Seattle Mariners on December 18, 2009.[7]

First baseman Dan Johnson was signed to a $500,000 contract for one year on January 11. Johnson, who played the 2009 season in Japan's Central League, was regarded as a hero for the Rays in the 2008 season for a game-tying solo home run in the 9th inning of a game in early September against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Rays, who needed a win that night to keep their division lead over Boston, went on to do just that.[8][9]

Relief pitcher J.P. Howell, starting pitcher Matt Garza and shortstop Jason Bartlett all signed one-year contracts to avoid salary arbitration.[10] Only center fielder B.J. Upton went to salary arbitration, though he did state he was interested in a long-term deal with the Rays.[11] Upton's arbitration case was held on February 12. He asked for $3.3 million, but the case was awarded to the Rays, meaning he would make $3 million instead.[12]

On February 3, 2010, the Rays signed reliever Mike Ekstrom, recently waived by the San Diego Padres, to a minor-league contract and placed him on the 40-man roster. Catcher Alvin Colina and reliever Heath Phillips were also signed to minor-league contracts and invited to spring training.[13]

Infielder Hank Blalock was signed to a minor-league contract on March 8.[14] Blalock was first reported to be interested in signing with either the Rays or the Florida Marlins just days before the deal was made.[15]

Organizational changes

One day after the end of the 2008 season, the Rays let hitting coach Steve Henderson go. Quality assurance coach Todd Greene would not return either, as the position was eliminated.[16] Derek Shelton was hired as the team's new hitting coach on October 21. Shelton had been with the Cleveland Indians in the previous five seasons.[17]

On February 3, the Rays announced a naming deal with fertilizer manufacturer The Mosaic Company for Charlotte County Stadium, their spring training facility, changing its name to Mosaic Field at Charlotte Sports Park.[18] However after public opposition to this deal was made known, the plans were "deferred," and the stadium would continue to be known as Charlotte Sports Park.[19]

Rocco Baldelli returned to the Rays on March 2 as a "special assistant" who would work with younger players. Baldelli stated that he hurt his shoulder in the previous season playing for the Boston Red Sox that may require surgery, and though he felt uncomfortable going into Spring Training, he was "not ready to retire" and was hopeful to play again some day. Andrew Friedman, the Rays' Vice President of Baseball Operations, said that the one-year deal was not done with the intention of bringing Baldelli back as a player in 2010, but also said that "anything's possible."[20]

Game log

The Rays will open their season on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 7:10pm EDT against the Baltimore Orioles. It will be the first time since 2005 that the Rays have opened the regular season at Tropicana Field.[21]

2010 Game Log

Current roster

Tampa Bay Rays 2010 Spring Training roster
40-man roster Spring Training
non-roster invitees



Designated hitters






60-day disabled list

  • None

* Not on active roster
† 15-day disabled list
Roster updated February 18, 2010
TransactionsDepth Chart
More rosters


  1. ^ Marc Topkin (October 27, 2009). "Tampa Bay Rays re-sign outfielder Gabe Kapler". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Marc Topkin (November 4, 2009). "Tampa Bay Rays trade Akinori Iwamura to Pirates for relief pitcher Jesse Chavez". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ Joe Smith (November 9, 2009). "Tampa Bay Rays pick up option for LF Carl Crawford; decline Shouse and Zaun's options". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Marc Topkin (December 1, 2009). "Tampa Bay Rays acquire catcher Kelly Shoppach". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ Marc Topkin (December 21, 2009). "Talbot named as player going to Cleveland". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ Marc Topkin (December 10, 2009). "Live from Indy: Thursday morning edition, Soriano deal set". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ Marc Topkin (December 18, 2009). "Milton Bradley set to be traded - to Mariners". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ Bill Chastain (September 9, 2008). "First place remains in Rays' hands". Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Marc Topkin (January 11, 2010). "Fenway homer hero Dan Johnson signed". Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ Bill Chastain (January 19, 2010). "Rays to open season in front of home fans". Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ Bill Chastain (January 25, 2010). "Upton open to long-term deal with Rays". Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ Marc Topkin (February 13, 2010). "Rays win arbitration case vs. Upton". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ Bill Chastain (February 3, 2010). "Ekstrom highlights trio added to club". Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ Marc Topkin (March 8, 2010). "Rays sign INF Hank Blalock to minor league deal". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  15. ^ Marc Topkin (March 4, 2010). "Another bat? Blalock a possibility". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  16. ^ Marc Topkin (October 5, 2009). "Rays drop hitting coach Steve Henderson; bring back pitching coach Jim Hickey, others". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  17. ^ Marc Topkin (October 21, 2009). "New hitting coach will be Derek Shelton". Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  18. ^ Bill Chastain (February 3, 2010). "Ekstrom Rays partner with Mosaic Company". Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ Marc Topkin (February 15, 2010). "Plan dropped to rename spring site Mosaic". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  20. ^ Marc Topkin (March 2, 2010). "Baldelli rejoins Rays as "special assistant," but also "not ready to retire," has shoulder issue". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  21. ^ Bill Chastain (September 15, 2009). "Rays to open season in front of home fans". Retrieved February 4, 2010. 


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