Tampa Bay Times

Rays rumblings

- Contact Marc Topkin at mtopkin@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Rays.

Forbes’ annual franchise valuations pegged the Rays at $1.055 billion, 29th overall in the majors, and the only team not to go up from 2020, with annual revenues of $112 million (19th-most) and a 2020 operating loss of $23 million (tied for third lowest). … Player rep Tyler Glasnow said the athletic training staff is “doing a good job” arranging COVID-19 vaccine shots for those who want them, with the 85 percent standard for relaxed protocols in sight. … Friday also opened a stretch of 17 of 23 games at the Trop (including 11 when the Blue Jays are also “home” in Dunedin). … Catcher Deivy Grullon, claimed off waivers from the Reds, was an interestin­g pickup at a low acquisitio­n cost, with 42 homers in 198 games over his last minor-league seasons. … Among even more former Rays, early signs for an Alex Cobb renaissanc­e after being traded from the Orioles to Angels are good, with his mix of splitter, curveball and a fastball back to 92-94 mph: “Kind of like the stuff you saw at the Trop a few years ago,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “Same competitiv­e guy. Good influence on others. A pleasure to be around him again.”

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