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Reaction to Tampa Bay Rays trade for Zunino

By Austin Reimann
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 27: Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on July 27, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 27: Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on July 27, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 17: Guillermo Heredia #5 of the Seattle Mariners makes a sliding catch on a line drive by Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on September 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 17: Guillermo Heredia #5 of the Seattle Mariners makes a sliding catch on a line drive by Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on September 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Guillermo Heredia

What are the Rays getting?

The Rays are getting a likely fourth outfielder who will provide depth behind the trio of Kiermaier, Pham, and Meadows. Heredia has experience in the bigs with over 700 major league at-bats. He will likely be a place holder in Tampa Bay as they await either Jesus Sanchez or Joe McCarthys’ arrival.

Numbers:

Heredia Career 1.4 bWAR: .244 AVG/.321 OBP/ 83 OPS+

Contract Situation: 

Heredia won’t become arbitration eligible until 2020. Essentially, the Rays have 4 years of team control left as he won’t become a free agent until 2023.

What this means:

Like I said previously, the Rays alleviated the log jam in the outfield and added a right-handed bat who will likely be the fourth outfielder come opening day.

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