12:55 PM EST, Fri December 06, 2019
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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 3 hours ago
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 3 hours ago
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 12 hours ago
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...