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The Ways of the Rays: Why trading Tommy Pham was a smart move

Breaking down the jaw-dropping trade that sends Tampa Bay Rays’ OF, Tommy Pham to the Padres in exchange for Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards. Last night the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to move Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards. The deal is expected to be […] The Ways of the Rays: Why trading Tommy Pham was a smart move - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and...

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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...

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

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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

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Rays trade Tommy Pham to San Diego, acquire Hunter Renfroe

Early Friday morning, the Tampa Bay Rays dealt outfielder Tommy Pham and minor league middle infielder/relief pitcher Jake Cronenworth to the San Diego Padres for power-hitting OF Hunter Renfroe and Single-A shortstop Xavier Edwards. In doing so, the Rays received a controllable, elite defender while shedding a projected $8.6-Million in salary. Be that as it may, Pham was a beloved key member of the 90+ win 2018 and 2019 Tampa Bay ball clubs, whose presence will be missed. Renfroe, 27, was a...

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Tommy Pham trade grades: Rays keep churning; Padres take step forward

Tampa Bay and San Diego remain busy on the trade front with a swap of outfielders and a change of address for a prospect.

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Blake Snell not happy about Rays trading Tommy Pham for 'slapd-ck prospect'

The Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night traded away one of their best players, and Blake Snell was not a fan of the move. Snell was live on Twitch when he learned that the Rays had traded away Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres for Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards. “We gave Pham up for Renfroe and a damn slapd-ck prospect?” he said incensed. Here’s the clip: Why wouldn’t Snell be upset? The Rays just won 96 games and reached the ALDS. Why would they get rid of a guy who batted .273...

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Rays, Padres agree to Tommy Pham-Hunter Renfroe trade

The Rays and Padres have agreed on a trade that would see Tampa Bay outfielder Tommy Pham and San Diego outfielder Hunter Renfroe switch clubs, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jeff Passan of ESPN. The Rays would also land Single-A shortstop Xavier Edwards, while the Padres would pick up an unnamed prospect to go with Pham. However, it won’t be announced until the players involved take their physicals Friday. This is already the second major outfield trade of the winter for the...

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

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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...

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Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Player Profile: Daniel Robertson

Daniel Robertson returns to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020 providing a great glove, a good eye and versatility. Tampa Bay Rays let fellow righties, Jesus Aguilar and Matt Duffy go in the off-season. If they don’t acquire another right-handed bat, Robertson could see a lot more action than the 84 plate appearances in his […] Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Player Profile: Daniel Robertson - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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Why the Rays are smarter than Yankees and Red Sox

The Rays have about a quarter of the payrolls of the Red Sox and Yankees, but that didn’t stop them from winning 96 games in the same division. Why are the Rays the smartest team in baseball? The Yankees were better than the Rays last year. They are the defending AL East Champions they did […] Why the Rays are smarter than Yankees and Red Sox - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What non-tendered relief pitchers might the Rays target?

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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,...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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The Rays need to sign Blake Treinen before somebody else does

In a surprising move, the Oakland Athletics released reliever Blake Treinen and the Tampa Bay Rays need to act fast and sign him before somebody else does. After a disappointing year from reliever Blake Treinen, the Oakland A’s cut ties with the right-hander who was only a season removed from a dominant 2018 campaign. In […] The Rays need to sign Blake Treinen before somebody else does - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Jesus Aguilar claimed by Miami Marlins

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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...

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Would the Rays consider bringing back Steven Souza Jr.?

In a bit of a surprising move by the Arizona Diamondbacks, former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, Steven Souza Jr., was non-tendered. Would the Rays consider bringing back the former Ray? Everyone loved Steven Souza Jr. Everyone from the fans to his teammates and especially the broadcast crew who would analyze his obscure facial expressions on […] Would the Rays consider bringing back Steven Souza Jr.? - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Tindering the Non-Tenders, who to swipe right on?

We sift through the stack of newly non-tendered players and decide who the Tampa Bay Rays should swipe right on. The Tampa Bay Rays lost a handful of impact bats from the right-hand side this off-season. We watched as Avisail Garcia and Travis d’Arnaud sailed away into the Grey Havens of free agency. We looked […] Tampa Bay Rays: Tindering the Non-Tenders, who to swipe right on? - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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