Most Likely to Be Traded: Joey Wendle
With Brandon Lowe locked up and presumably the opening day second baseman in 2020, Joey Wendle is without a home. So, what could they get for him?
The return may not be jaw dropping but Joey Wendle is the most likely Rays player to be moved this offseason for a number of reasons. Wendle, a Rookie of the Year finalist in 2018, battled injuries in 2019 and was overshadowed by Brandon Lowe’s Rookie of the Year campaign.
Lowe, also a left-handed hitter, should get a majority of the time at second base in 2020 and when he doesn’t play, it will be in favor of a right-handed bat, something Wendle can’t offer. But, Brosseau and Daniel Robertson (if he isn’t non-tendered) can provide those at-bats from the right side and play serviceable defense at second and third base like Wendle. There is a log-jam at second base and Wendle might be the odd man out.
72 G // .231/.293/.340 // 3 HR
While the numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page by any means, he began finding his stride at the plate towards the end of the season and looked more like the 2018 version of Joey Wendle.
As always, the Rays will be in the market for bullpen help and if Wendle is moved, this is what the return would be. It won’t be a big name, unless he is part of a bigger package, but Wendle could net a bullpen arm in need of a fresh start.
Wendle also seems like a perfect major league piece that teams look for in bigger packages and the Rays could utilize him in that way as well. Only time will tell, but I would expect Wendle to be moved by Spring Training as teams may try to buy low and hope for a return to his 2018 form.