5 Most Untouchable Players on the Tampa Bay Rays
By Josh Jacobs
Major League Baseball is quickly approaching All-Star Weekend and the Tampa Bay Rays remain in the thick of the playoff race in the American League. Fans around the league are beginning to theorize different trades that can sends teams like the Rays into stronger contention before the trade deadline.
When it comes to making deals, clubs have a list of players in their organization that they will almost surely never part with. Those lists can be easy to compile for some clubs, but in the case of the Rays, picking the top 5 untouchable players can be difficult.
The Rays boast an incredibly deep farm system that is paired with young stars producing at the big league level. Tampa Bay prides itself on constantly having young players producing at a high level, and has gotten to a point where they have desirable assets all over the diamond.
There are many different factors that play into the value of a player for any club. Performance is always the highest priority, but things like positional value, depth at the position, potential, age, team control, and contract value can all play a major role in whether someone is considered untouchable or not.
With that being said, this list is not just simply the five best players on Tampa Bay at the moment. This list will capture the five players in the organization who hold the most value to the club, and will likely remain with the organization for a long time. Here are the five most untouchable Tampa Bay Rays.
#5 - Randy Arozarena
Since breaking onto the scene during the Tampa Bay World Series run in 2020, Randy Arozarena has established himself as one of the best position players on the Rays' roster.
Arozarena won American League Rookie of the Year in 2021 after posting an OPS of .815 with 20 HR and 69 RBI in his first full season with the Rays. His mix of well above average hitting, speed, and defense made him one of the more exciting players in baseball heading into 2022.
While Arozarena has struggled a bit in 2022, his career OPS still sits above .800 and the young outfielder projects to be one of the best position players in the Rays system for the next few years. While the Rays would certainly entertain an offer if another club swung big for their 27 year old outfielder, it is safe to say the Rays are holding on tight to their prized asset.