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Tampa Bay Rays: Recapping the offseason moves so far

By Austin Reimann
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 07: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo #25 (C) of Japan celebrates after hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool B Game One between Cuba and Japan at Tokyo Dome on March 7, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 07: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo #25 (C) of Japan celebrates after hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool B Game One between Cuba and Japan at Tokyo Dome on March 7, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 05: Manager Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays watches from the dug out during Game 2 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 05: Manager Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays watches from the dug out during Game 2 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Pitchers and catchers report in 55 days and Opening Day is only 98 days away. So, let’s recap what moves the Rays have made this offseason and how they could round out the offseason…

After winning 96 games last season the front office of the Tampa Bay Rays were going to be hard pressed to drastically improve the current roster, but they have made some interesting moves and will surely make more before opening day.

The Rays spent most of November making minor moves and creating roster space for some highly touted prospects ahead of the Rule 5 Draft. Then December came and the annual shakeup began as Tommy Pham, one of their most productive players, was traded away in a five player deal and “Yoshi”, the Japanese slugger, was signed.

With a little more than three months remaining until opening day, the Rays front office still has some work to do as they continue to form a roster that is capable of competing for the AL East crown.

So far, here is a look at who has come and gone this offseason:

(+) = Traded Away

(-) = Released/Non-Tendered/DFA’d

(*) = Free Agency

MLB Players Out:

  • Tommy Pham+
  • Matt Duffy-
  • Jesus Aguilar-
  • Guillermo Heredia-
  • Jose De Leon+
  • Travis d’Arnaud*
  • Eric Sogard*
  • Avisail Garcia*

MLB Players In:

  • Hunter Renfroe+
  • Brian O’Grady+
  • Tsutsugo*

It should be noted that the Rays lost two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth in the Tommy Pham trade but received top-100 prospect Xavier Edwards and a PTBNL. 

While it seems that the Rays have lost more than they have brought in this offseason, they are in a good position to round out an interesting and exciting offseason. They still have money available to spend and needs to fill.

So, let’s break down the offseason month by month and move by move as we look ahead at the final months prior to spring retraining…

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