Padres Concerned with Pham’s Elbow – Rays say No Takesies-Backsies
By Seth Carter
Could Tommy Pham be heading back to the Tampa Bay Rays? Recent comments from Padres’ GM, A.J. Preller have potentially put the trade in question.
This past weekend the Tampa Bay Rays traded Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Hunter Renfroe, Xavier Edwards, and a player to be named later.
Fans have come to terms with the deal and said their final good-byes to Pham. Likewise, Pham has returned the love.
Aww, he’s going to miss us. Hard to believe the following interview was from just one year ago:
Maybe in the “Thank You” Tweet, he is actually looking up at God and thanking him for getting him out of St. Petersburg?
What’s the word?
The Tampa Bay Times has reported that the Padres have concerns over Tommy Pham’s elbow.
"“When we made the deal with the Rays we put a couple different contingencies in,” Padres GM A.J. Preller said Monday afternoon at the winter meetings. “We’re still working through some final details but hope to have some clarity on that within the next 24 hours or so.”"
Rays’ General Manager responded with the classic “NO TAKESIES-BACKSIES” response.
"“It’s final,” Neander said. “I don’t have any reason to believe that it wouldn’t be.”"
You know how cheaters worry about their significant-others cheating?
In 2016 A.J. Preller was suspended for trading Drew Pomeranz with inaccurate medical records. He had a trade reversed when Colin Rea was injured in his first appearance as a Marlin.
Former Marlins’ President and current CBS Sports analyst weighed in on Preller’s deception.
"“The Padres lied,” Samson said. “They had an entire medical file on a player and didn’t disclose it. Two sets of medical records is what they had. [Padres general manager] A.J. Preller shouldn’t be allowed in the game. It’s beyond comprehension that he’s still working. They did it to the Red Sox. There are a lot of things you mess with, but you don’t mess with that.”"
Do you want to see Pham return to Tampa?
Both parties agree it seems highly unlikely that the trade will be reversed. It seems more like Preller was simply indicating they needed to run more tests on Pham’s elbow just to be certain. He probably shouldn’t have said anything.
Considering it’s most likely a non-issue, would you like to see the trade reversed? Would you prefer to have Pham back or are you getting used to the idea of Hunter Renfroe and his 22 defensive runs saved? Let us know in the comments below!