The Rays possess a farm system loaded with talent and with that comes the ability to turn those prospects who could produce in the future into immediate production via trades.
Although a blockbuster may occur for a big name starter or impact bat that would necessitate the Rays parting ways with a top prospect like Jesus Sanchez or Lucius Fox, I believe that Kean Wong, Nick Solak, and Joe McCarthy are the most likely prospects to be traded this winter.
Of the three, I think Wong is by far the most likely piece to be moved this winter, even if it for a smaller return. Although Solak possesses great potential and a feared bat, I just find it hard to see where he fits in with the Rays going forward wit the Wendle and Lowe in Tampa and Brujan oil the way.
Joe McCarthy is the least likely to be traded just because if he is here come Spring Training, he could very well give Heredia a run for his money in the outfield. The bad news for McCarthy is that he hits from the left side of the plate, and if he beats out Heredia for a roster spot, then the Rays are essentially in the same boat they were in prior to trading Mallex. Four outfielders, three of whom swing left handed.
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Any three of these prospects could help the Rays in the near future, that is if they had a place to play. But they don’t…So, it is time for the Tampa Bay Rays to turn these prospects into an immediate impact who will help the team win in 2019.