With the Tampa Bay Rays expected to aggressively make improvements this offseason through trades and signings, they will have to dip into their deep farm system to acquire the impact bats they desire. Let’s take a look at the three most likely prospects to be dealt this winter.
With the Tampa Bay Rays already making a swap for an upgrade behind the plate that included them sending prospect Jake Fraley to Seattle, it is clear the Rays are willing to part with prospects now more than ever.
The Rays will be looking to the trade market as they look to add an impactful right-handed bat and starting pitcher. Yes, they will also be spending money this offseason in free agency, but some of the most coveted players available aren’t free agents and must be acquired via trade.
Names like Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu, Carlos Carrasco, and Kyle Gibson could all be of interest to the Rays and would require them to part ways with prospects. With one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball, the Rays can afford to part ways with some of their higher end prospects.
There are a few talented players who are sadly yet realistically blocked from reaching Tampa Bay anytime soon. With these talented players on the verge of a major league field and no place for them to play, the Rays may look to generate value from them a different way, by trading them for impact players that the Rays could use immediately.
Let’s take a look at the 5 most likely prospects the Tampa Bay Rays may trade away in favor of upgrades at the Major League level…