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RCG Mailbag: Have Tampa Bay Rays Improved Their Future This Offseason?

By Robbie Knopf
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Sep 25, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) walks off the mound after being relieved during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

11/14/14: Tampa Bay Rays trade RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Arizona Diamondbacks for SS Andrew Velazquez and OF Justin Williams

We can say definitely that the Rays had no need for Hellickson. They could have used him as their fifth starter until Matt Moore came back from Tommy John Surgery, but he is only debatably better than Alex Colome and is projected to make $3.4 million more dollars.

Velazquez, meanwhile, gives the Rays the type of athletic up-the-middle prospect they always covet while Williams gives them a corner outfielder with power to come. The Rays clearly improved their future in this deal without sacrificing anything from the present. The money they saved and Hellickson’s 40-man roster spot also present net gains.