The Tampa Bay Rays made two roster moves for fans to digest over Thanksgiving.
The Tampa Bay Rays have designated Jesus Aguilar for assignment after a disappointing 2019 season. Aguilar was projected to earn $2.5 million in arbitration. Aguilar was brought in mid-season with hopes that he could rebound to his former All-Star form and provide the Rays with a thunderous bat from the right side.
Reveries of his 2018 remained naught but an intangible dream, a figment of GM, Erik Neander’s imagination. The Rays remain in need of a right-handed power bat as the dawn of the 2020 season rapidly climbs the backside of the horizon. Aguilar’s bat has been deemed unfit for duty in Tampa, at least for the price.
In a separate move, the Rays acquired OF/1B Brian O’Grady from the Reds for a player to be named later and some cash. If The whispers of O’Grady’s talents have not yet reached your ears, you shall be pleased to see the back of his baseball card. In Triple-A last season O’Grady hit .280/.359/.550. The 27-year-old exploded for 28 Hrs, 77 RBI, and 20 SB in 429 ABs.
Aguilar could be a nice value for another team in need, assuming he can regain some semblance of his 2018 form. O’Grady adds to the Rays’ left-handed power depth and has options remaining. O’Grady’s power/speed combo is intriguing and worth keeping an eye on.
What do you think of these moves? Was Aguilar a good deal at $2.5 million? Will O’Grady see any significant time in the Major Leagues this season? Let us know in the comments below!