The Tampa Bay Rays began the week by trading away a reliever for a young second baseman, then they DFA’d their slugging first baseman. They protected 5 prospects from the Rule 5 draft… lets just say it was a busy week for the Rays.
Monday, November 19th:
I broke down the “Best Pitcher In Tampa Bay Rays History” argument. I made a case for both David Price and James Shields. I think you can guess who won, but it was closer than I anticipated.
The Rays began their 40-man roster shuffle by trading away Chih-Wei Hu to the Cleveland Indians.
In return for Hu, the Rays received 18 year old second baseman Gionti Turner. I introduced Rays fans to Gionti and broke down the prospect’s short professional career.
Tuesday, November 20th:
I discussed the possibility of Matt Duffy being traded to Philadelphia to fill the void left by Maikel Franco when he is likely traded.
The Tampa Bay Rays waited until the last minute to make moves in an effort to clear roster space so they could add 5 of their most coveted prospects prior to the Rule 5 deadline. The first move announced was the designation of C.J. Cron for assignment. Pat Davenport broke down the move.
I broke down the remaining moves, the surprising, the expected, etc. and the prospects added by 8 p.m. that night.
Wednesday, November 21st:
I discussed the Ji-Man Choi question: Where will the south Korean first baseman play?
The Rays hired their new third base coach, Rodney Linares, who will also act as an infield coach. Here is a little background information on the longtime Astros coach.
Thursday, November 22nd:
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I talked abut the former Rays players I am most thankful. I grew up watching a few players that really impacted the way I play the game today as a college athlete.
Friday, November 23rd:
The Rays were always believed to be in on Nelson Cruz, and they have officially been tied to the slugger this month along with the Astros and White Sox.
Saturday, November 24th:
Pat Davenport’s second installment of “Rays in Review” is an excellent review of the second portion of the Rays 2018 season.
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