The Rays carried out a couple of moves that will affect their 2013 season and beyond. With B.J. Upton set for free agency, the Rays had to make a decision regarding whether to offer Upton a 1-year, 13.3 million dollar contract that would guarantee them a compensatory draft pick if and when Upton signs with another major league team. It seems like a given that Upton will indeed sign elsewhere this offseason, and the Rays took the necessary action to give them at least some benefit from Upton’s departure. It is extremely unlikely that the draft pick the Rays receive will turn into a player that gives the Rays anywhere near the production Upton gave them the last six years, but it is nice to know that Upton will not be leaving the team in vain.
The Rays made a 40-man roster move the other day, adding LHP Frank De Los Santos, about to turn 25, who posted a 2.11 ERA in 2012 with a 5.7 K/9, a 2.8 BB/9, and a 0.3 HR/9 to go along with a 53.6% groundball rate in 51 appearances and 81 IP between Double-A and Triple-A. He throws a fastball that reaches the mid-90’s to go along with halfway-decent secondary pitches. He could ride the Durham-St. Petersburg bus in 2013 as a spare reliever. De Los Santos becomes the third lefty reliever on the Rays’ current 40-man after Jake McGee and Cesar Ramos as J.P. Howell is currently a free agent, and it’s nice to have a live lefty arm to go to when the need for a reliever inevitably arises.