Tampa Bay Rays Protected Players – Charlie Morton
Charlie Morton‘s contract does not include a no-trade clause. In this scenario, we are trying to win in the 2020 season. Morton is projected to be a vital piece in the Rays’ potential championship run. Despite being the highest-paid player on the team, he is still considered to be a steal when compared to his peers.
He finished third in the AL Cy Young voting last season. The two guys that finished ahead of him (Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole) are set to earn more than double Morton’s $15 million. He’s a lock.
Tampa Bay Rays Protected Players – Blake Snell
Blake Snell’s 2018 was one of the great pitching seasons in history. He’s 26-years-old and already has a Cy Young under his belt. He’s on a team-friendly contract and it’s a no-brainer to lock him down.
Tampa Bay Rays Protected Players – Austin Meadows
Austin Meadows emerged as an All-Star and even got some MVP attention last season. I’d say he was the prized piece in the Chris Archer deal, but there’s this other guy… Even still, Meadows is one of the few everyday players on the Rays. He gets on base, hits for power, and can swipe a few bags. He can hit leadoff or hit in the three or four-hole.
At age 24 last season, he posted an OPS+ of 143 and led the team with 33 homers, 29 doubles, seven triples, and 12 stolen bases. He’s another no-brainer. In another easy call, we lock down Austin Meadows.