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Rays: Tommy Pham – Hunter RenfroeTrade Pending Physicals

By Seth Carter
Tommy Pham (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tommy Pham (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Tommy Pham (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres have agreed to terms on a trade involving Tommy Pham and Hunter Renfroe.

Last night the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to send Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards. The deal is expected to be made official once the physicals have been completed.

San Diego Padres Get:

Pham, 31 was acquired by Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline in a deal with the Cardinals. Pham slashed 287/.385/.485 with 28 homers, 40 doubles, and 30 steals in 184 games with the Rays.

The Padres will also receive the Rays #17 ranked prospect (mlb.com), Jake Cronenworth. Cronenworth is a two-way player and projected to be a serviceable Major League reliever/shortstop.

Cronenworth had a very good year at the plate in 2019. In 88 games in AAA-Durham, he slashed .334/.429/.520 for the Bulls.

Tampa Bay Rays Get:

Tampa will receive Hunter Renfroe, 27, who was second among outfielders with 22-defensive runs saved last season. Renfroe also clubbed 33 home runs which would have tied him with Rays’ team leader, Austin Meadows.

Renfroe has struggled to get on base in the Majors with a career OBP of .294. The Rays hope is he can trend more toward his Minor League numbers where he slashed .320/.352/.583 in 178 Triple-A games. Renfroe provides a huge defensive and power boost to the Rays lineup.

Tampa Bay will also receive the #5 prospect in the Padres’ deep system, 2B Xavier Edwards. Edwards, 19, has slashed .328/.395/.399 with 56 steals in 168 games (Rookie and Low-A).

The deal will be made official once the physical evaluations have been completed. The deal appears to lean in favor of the Rays as they receive an elite-defender with top-shelf home run power and one of the Padres’ most touted prospects.

The Padres should be satisfied with the return as Cronenworth is shaping up to look like a very solid contributor and Pham addresses a serious need for getting on base.

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