A much more interesting month than November, the Rays have spent December retooling their outfield and lineup.
The Rays made their first big offseason move within the first week of December when they shipped off Tommy Pham in a five player deal. Then, at the Winter Meetings they reportedly made progress on plenty of fronts but failed to get anything concrete completed. But, shortly after the meetings ended, the Rays struck a deal with the Japanese slugger, “Yoshi”. With a couple of weeks remaining in December, it will be interesting to see if anything else gets done prior to the new year.
- Guillermo Heredia, OF, elected free agency after the Rays did not tender him a contract
- Heredia, who was arbitration eligible, was a possible non-tender candidate and sure enough the Rays decided against offering him a contract for the 2020 season
- Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres agree to five player deal.
- Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth to SD.
- Hunter Renfroe, Xavier Edwards, and PTBNL to TB.
- Rays flip Pham for big power in Renfroe and a top-100 prospect in Edwards
- Tampa Bay Rays and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo agree to a two year deal.
- Rays sign “Yoshi” for 12M and hope that his big power can translate to MLB. He has the ability to play 1B, 3B, OF, and DH.
The Rays’ month of December has been interesting so far with the departure of Pham and the arrival of “Yoshi”. Throughout the month, they were connected to former outfielder Avisail Garcia, but he signed with the Brewers for two years and 20M. They have also been connected to Dellin Betances, but nothing has come of the reports… yet.
All in all, they added another top-100 prospect to their farm system who they could use in a future trade for an impact player and brought in a versatile power threat in the form of “Yoshi”. They still have some work to do in bolstering their catching duo, bullpen, and right side of the lineup, but the Rays have made some interesting and likely positive moves thus far.