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DRaysBay Dec 6, 2019
Official: Rays trade Tommy Pham to Padres in five player deal

Official: Rays trade Tommy Pham to Padres in five player deal

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Via team press release. The Rays have completed the trade of star left fielder Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres, indicating medical reviews have been completed on acquired OF Hunter Renfroe, who had foot surgery in October. What follows is the team press release on the Pham trade. *** The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league infielder Xavier Edwards and a player to be named from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder/right-handed pitcher Jake Cronenworth. Following the trade, the Rays...
DRaysBay Dec 6, 2019
You can understand the Tommy Pham trade and hate it at the same time

You can understand the Tommy Pham trade and hate it at the same time

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports This is a gut punch, even if the trade works on paper. Look Rays, I get it. I also hate it. On the field, on the spreadsheet, I can make this deal work. Tommy Pham is an excellent baseball player, who’s been an All-Star level player throughout his career, but he’s also going to be 32 in 2020, and there were some worrying signs last year, even before the series of second-half injuries. Basically, he may have lost a step. While his overall sprint speed was still pretty good, at 28.7 feet/second, his jumps, as measured by Statcast, were in the bottom...
DRaysBay Dec 6, 2019
The 2020 Rays got worse with the Tommy Pham trade

The 2020 Rays got worse with the Tommy Pham trade

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports We’ll see whether later moves can make up the deficit Last night reports broke of a surprising trade between the Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres. Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth have been traded for Hunter Renfroe, Xavier Edwards, and a Player To Be Named Later. The Rays did the unexpected and traded a player they didn’t need to trade (Pham) for a major league player expected to help replace the loss of immediate production. The Rays saved about $5MM in projected arbitration for 2020. For a team whose payroll currently sits in the low $60MM range...
DRaysBay Dec 6, 2019
Trading Tommy Pham is not the way to win a championship

Trading Tommy Pham is not the way to win a championship

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via “Hella stupid” indeed I’ll be blunt. I hate this trade. Before I explain why, I’ll provide a few caveats. Big one: We are early in the hot stove season. Winter meetings haven’t even started. So moving Pham could look quite different if the Rays have plans to bring in another top line offensive player. Maybe they are talking to Anthony Rendon! Maybe they are trading for someone really fabulous! Maybe when the dust has settled I’ll say “Ah, THAT was the plan.” But today, on its own, I hate this trade. Second caveat: My love for...
DRaysBay Dec 6, 2019
Meet Xavier Edwards, the reason you’ll learn to love the Tommy Pham trade

Meet Xavier Edwards, the reason you’ll learn to love the Tommy Pham trade

This ‘slapdick’ prospect is gonna be fun to watch The Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing a trade that would send outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder/right-handed pitcher Jake Cronenworth to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, switch-hitting infielder Xavier Edwards, and perhaps another minor leaguer who has yet to be named. It was, well let’s say unexpected for the Rays to trade their best player in terms of fWAR from the past two seasons (Tommy Pham accrued 5.9 fWAR in a Rays uniform) for an outfielder (Hunter Renfroe) who hit just below league average - 98 wRC+ - in...
DRaysBay Dec 6, 2019
View from the Catwalks: In the aftermath of the Pham trade

View from the Catwalks: In the aftermath of the Pham trade

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ A shocking midnight trade has certainly set up another wild offseason for the Rays Shocking late night trade: The deal sending Tommy Pham from the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres is done, sources tell ESPN. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe and middle-infield prospect Xavier Edwards head back to the Rays. Padres will get another minor leaguer.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 6, 2019 #Rays-#Padres deal is not finalized, but is very likely to be completed and announced on Friday. #Rays will get Renfroe, Edwards (who is a big part of the deal) and...
DRaysBay Dec 6, 2019
Rays to trade Tommy Pham to Padres for Hunter Renfroe, prospect Xavier Edwards

Rays to trade Tommy Pham to Padres for Hunter Renfroe, prospect Xavier Edwards

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Rays are considering trading their top player, again. Yes, it’s really happening. The 96-win Rays are trading their top player on offense to the San Diego Padres. The deal sending Tommy Pham from the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres is done, sources tell ESPN. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe and middle-infield prospect Xavier Edwards head back to the Rays. Padres will get another minor leaguer.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 6, 2019 At first blush this is disorienting, and then a bit demoralizing. Tommy Pham is “expensive” as far as...
DRaysBay Dec 5, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Rays awarded 69th overall draft pick in 2020

View from the Catwalk: Rays awarded 69th overall draft pick in 2020

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via That number may change due to free agency’s impact on the draft. MLB announced this year’s Competitive Balance draft picks, and the Rays were awarded the current 69th overall selection in Round B (after the second round). Round A Baltimore Orioles Pittsburgh Pirates Kansas City Royals Arizona Diamondbacks San Diego Padres Colorado Rockies Cleveland Indians St. Louis Cardinals Round B Miami Marlins Detroit Tigers Tampa Bay Rays Milwaukee Brewers Cincinnati Reds Minnesota Twins The exact numbers in the draft order are likely to change, as teams can...
DRaysBay Dec 4, 2019
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg responds to Kriseman memo denying Montreal split-city proposal

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg responds to Kriseman memo denying Montreal split-city proposal

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Will the Rays be leaving Tampa Bay, in part or in whole? Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg has issues points of clarification in response to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s memo this afternoon on the Rays Stadium Saga, and specifically in regards to the team’s proposal to split time between Tampa Bay and Montreal: We agree generally with Mayor Kriseman’s characterization of our months of conversations, though we would like to clarify two points. First, we do not agree that this is the best path forward. Second, we asked for the opportunity...
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Talks about sharing the Tampa Bay Rays with Montreal are over, says St. Pete mayor

Talks between the Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg about the “shared city” concept with Montreal have ended, Mayor Rick Kriseman said Wednesday. In a letter to …
DRaysBay Dec 4, 2019
City of St. Petersburg: The Rays will not split their season with Montreal

City of St. Petersburg: The Rays will not split their season with Montreal

Photo by Mary Holt/Icon Sportswire via New Memorandum answers three important questions about the Rays’ future, but raises many more. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has released a Memorandum to the public clarifying the current state of the Rays stadium saga, with three important messages, chief of which is that ownership’s proposal for a split season with Montreal is dead. Here is the letter in full: BREAKING: #StPete & @RaysBaseball breaking off negotiations, per this letter from Mayor @Kriseman. Split-season proposal is dead unless #Rays want to explore it post-2027....
DRaysBay Dec 4, 2019
What non-tendered relief pitchers might the Rays target?

What non-tendered relief pitchers might the Rays target?

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Looking at some more non-tendered names Monday was the Major League non-tender deadline, at which time teams have to decide which of their arbitration eligible and pre-arb players they will offer a contract to. The Rays non-tendered Guillermo Heredia, making him a free agent, and leaving them with 39 spots filled on their 40-man roster. They probably need to sign an outfielder, so it’s not quite right to say that they have room to pick up a new player, but, in the procedural sense they do have room. Jim already went over some of the more well-known names,...
DRaysBay Dec 4, 2019
View from the Catwalk: All quiet on the Tampa Bay front

View from the Catwalk: All quiet on the Tampa Bay front

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports Are the Rays doing anything? It was a quiet day around the game following the non-tender deadline on Monday night. News and Links 5 non-tendered free agents Rays could pursue - Juan Toribio, Rays Baseball 10 teams with prospects for blockbuster trades - Mike Rosenbaum, MLB.com Tampa Bay Rays: The 2010s All-Decade Team - Manny Gomes, Call to the Pen The Rays need to sign Blake Treinen before somebody else does - Austin Reimann, Rays Colored Glasses Would the Rays consider bringing back Steven Souza Jr.? - Austin Reimann, Rays Colored Glasses Rays...
DRaysBay Dec 4, 2019
Should any non-tendered players be interesting to the Rays?

Should any non-tendered players be interesting to the Rays?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The list looks tempting. Could Tampa Bay find room for any of these guys? The MLB non-tender deadline came and went on Monday, with the Rays non-tendering Guillermo Heredia while the rest of the league decided who they did and didn’t want to go to arbitration with. The pool of players non-tendered now immediately enter free agency, where the open market will determine their value. This year in particular, the list of newly available players looks intriguing. Non-tenders of note thus far: - RP Blake Treinen- 2B César Hernández- SP Taijuan Walker- IF...
DRaysBay Dec 3, 2019
Jesus Aguilar claimed by Miami Marlins

Jesus Aguilar claimed by Miami Marlins

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The former Ray will stay in Florida Last night, as news of non-tenders spread around baseball, we learned the Miami Marlins had laid claim to Rays 1B/DH Jesus Aguilar. A legend in Milwaukee, who made the All-Star team during his time there and even received MVP votes in 2018, Aguilar had a remarkably poor season in 2019, and while the Rays were happy to give the slugger a shot, his power never really showed itself in Tampa Bay. In his 107 PA (37 games) with the Rays, Aguilar hit .261/.322/424 — league-average offensive production, and less than teams want...

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