Tag: Tampa Bay Rays

MLB News: The Weekend Recap

The Reds, Dodgers Blockbuster:

Over the weekend, we saw a few relatively high-profile trades, but none bigger than this one. The Reds and Dodgers agreed to terms to send OF Yasiel Puig, OF Matt Kemp, LHP Alex Wood, C Kyle Farmer, and $7M in cash to Cincinnati in exchange for SP Homer Bailey, and Minor Leaguers Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.

Many sources agree that this particular trade feels rather lopsided, seeing as the Reds were able to ship off Homer Bailey’s albatross of a contract while giving up minimal talent in the process (though both prospects were held quite high in scouts’ eyes) for four very solid major league pieces — though two of said players hit the open market next year.

The motivation for the Dodgers in this trade resides in the salary flexibility. After receiving Homer Bailey, the Dodgers are expected to release him, making him a free agent while the Dodgers pay the remainder of his salary — a whopping $23 Million. They, in turn, shed any money owed to either of their former major leaguers, allowing them to assess any holes that they currently desire to fill, especially those behind the plate, as well as at second base. It is also of popular opinion that the Dodgers are now even more well positioned to make a run at superstar Bryce Harper, though, even after trading two of their prominent outfielders, the Dodgers still have the likes of Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, Alex Verdugo, and Andrew Toles available to play the field, giving them quite a few viable options that don’t cost $30 Million+.

The Three Team Trade for Profar:

This trade was certainly the most interesting of the three that took place this weekend. The Oakland Athletics, in absence of infielder Jed Lowrie, received a former number one MLB prospect, INF Jurickson Profar, from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Minor League infielder Eli White and international bonus slot money. The Athletics also sent minor league RHP Emilio Pagan and a 2019 first-round pick to the Tampa Bay Rays in the trade. The Rangers then shipped Minor League RHP Rollie Lacey to the Rays in exchange for Minor League pitchers Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal, and Brock Burke, thus completing the complex transaction.

The A’s received their controllable utility infielder, while the other two teams involved bolstered their systems, and shuffled around a few prospects.

Swapping Santana For Gamel:

A few weeks back, the Mariners traded one Santana away, only now to receive another Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers this past weekend.

Domingo Santana was once a very well regarded threat within the MLB, mashing 30 dingers over 151 games in 2017, while also stealing 15 bases. However, the limited power that he showcased in 2018 after hitting only 5 home runs over 85 games raised some questions about the young outfielders’ consistency. Yet, he seemed to catch the Mariners eye, and they decided to send OF Ben Gamel, as well as Minor League pitcher Noah Zavalos to the Milwaukee Brewers for control of the young slugger.

This adds a necessary power bat to the Mariners question-filled lineup, and also gives them a piece in which they can speculate on, and possibly dish for an inflated price down the line. As for the Brewers, they receive a corner outfielder with an impressive ability to create contact, as well as a minor league pitcher with upside.

 

MLB News: Rays Net Veteran Starter Morton

Multiple sources report that the Tampa Bay Rays and Free Agent Charlie Morton have agreed to a deal worth $30 Million over two years — the largest contract of Morton’s career.

Until now, Morton has earned just around $40 Million over 11 years in the majors — the solid starter has finally received his due. His fabulous 2018 campaign in which he pitched to a 3.13 ERA over 167 frames gave him the leverage he needed to net his worth, and he now has the chance to compete with an underrated team that managed to win 90 games in the league’s toughest division last year.

This 35 year-old World Series Champion deserves every penny of what he’s been given. He is a driven man who keeps his head down, and plays the game the way it should be played. We’re expecting big things from him in 2019…

 

MLB Rumors: The First Big Trade of the 2018-19 Offseason is Nearing Completion

The Rays and Mariners are nearing a deal that would send Catcher Mike Zunino and Outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa Bay in exchange for Outfielder Mallex Smith. Sources tell Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish that a trade may be completed within the day.

Zunino is an extremely young, viable piece that would serve as an excellent upgrade to the Rays current catching situation. Heredia on the other hand would be a solid bench piece and secondary starter for Tampa Bay, who already have Tommy Pham and Kevin Kiermier patrolling left and center field. This trade also frees up right field for the Rays newly acquired star Austin Meadows, who they received from the Pirates in the Chris Archer blockbuster.

Mallex Smith is a speedster who stole 40 bases in 2018, and gets on base often. He is an immediate threat at the leadoff position for any team.

This trade looks to benefit both recipients of it’s rewards, and is sure to start the offseason’s multitude of trades with a bang.