These players may be on the chopping block:
Chaz Roe, Guillermo Heredia, and Daniel Robertson all provide the Rays front office with difficult decisions regarding their future with the team.
Combined, Roe, Heredia, and Robertson are projected to make 4.4M with half of that going to Roe. All three are coming off of interesting 2019 seasons making these decisions all that more difficult.
- Projected: 2.2M
- At times Roe featured a nasty slider and was un-hittable and at times he lacked control of the strike zone and was severely inefficient. To sum up his 2019, you could use these three words: streaky, inconsistent, potential. He had his ups and downs and finished the season with an ERA north of 4.00 (4.06). Across 51.0 IP, he struck out 65 but walked 31. His 1.569 WHIP is cause for concern as well.
- At 2.2M, the Rays may choose to find a cheaper alternative. They have a wealth of pitching options in-house and could always trade for a diamond in the rough as they so often do. I wouldn’t be surprised if they cut ties with Chaz Roe.
- Projected: 1.1M
- With the outfield for 2020 seemingly set with Pham, KK, and Meadows, the ceiling for Heredia in Tampa Bay is as a depth/4th outfielder. But, if the Rays are in the market for additional power, possibly even in the outfield, the ceiling for Heredia is even lower. He provides quality defense in the outfield, but didn’t do much at the plate in 2019. He slashed .225/.306/.363 with a .668 OPS and a 79 OPS+.
- The question facing the Rays is whether or not they are willing to pay 1.1M for a Quad-A outfielder who will likely struggle to crack the opening day lineup. My guess is no.
After struggling to stay healthy for the second consecutive season, the Rays and Daniel Robertson may be at a crossroads regarding his future in Tampa Bay. After battling injuries and spending time in AAA, Robertson finished the season slashing .213/.312/.295 with a .607 OPS and a 66 OPS+.
The difference between Robertson and Heredia though, is that the Rays love infield depth and they have seen flashes of the player Robertson can be. Prior to injuring himself in 2018, he was on track for a monster season. If they still believe that he can return to that level of play when healthy, the Rays will likely hold on to Robertson. If not, he could be non-tendered as well.