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Recapping the Rays rumors swirling at the Winter Meetings

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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores a run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores a run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

A Steven Souza Jr. and Avisail Garcia Rumors:

According to Marc Topkin, former Rays outfielder and now free agent, Steven Souza Jr, would be interested in a reunion with the club. Upon his non-tendering earlier this month, I touched on the topic and explained why it would be unlikely:

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Additionally, according to Joel Sherman, the Rays are interested in bringing back the powerful Avisail Garcia for 2020. Garcia was worth 2.0 bWAR and hit 20 bombs with the Rays last season. With the Rays in need of help from the right side of the plate, a reunion makes sense.

Other Notes:

  • Juan Toribio discussed the wealth of middle infield and pitching prospects that the Rays have accumulated and whether or not any of them may be moved. I touched on the subject earlier this week and talked about why the Rays would be wise to try and parlay some of that young talent into a World Series ring in 2020:

light. Related Story. Will the Rays parlay young prospects into 2020 production?

  • After what appeared to be a slight snag in the Tommy Pham deal regarding the physical exam he underwent, the trade has been completed according to Marc Topkin.

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