On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers completed a major trade that sent both Tyler Glasnow and Manuel Margot to L.A. ESPN baseball analyst broke the news and also revealed that the Dodgers will send Ryan Pepiot and Jonny Deluca to St. Pete in exchange for the two Rays players.
The news finally comes as many rumors circulated since the season ended that Glasnow would be shipped out in some fashion. This past season, he had a 10-7 record with a 3.53 ERA in 120 innings pitched. He also recorded a staggering 162 strikeouts during that time, the most he has had in his eight-year MLB career. With lots of starting pitching hurt for Tampa Bay, he was the Rays' main starter for most of the season.
As for Margot, his stint in St. Petersburg earned him a batting average of .264 and he had 153 total RBI for the Rays. The outfielder had just one season in Tampa Bay in which he played in more than 100 games which was in 2021, his other three found himself short of that mark.
So just who exactly did the Rays get in exchange? Pepiot is a right-handed pitcher who has pitched 78-1/3 innings for the Dodgers with an ERA of 2.76. He goes to his fastball most of the time with an occasional changeup mixed in. With a WHIP of 1.09 and 80 strikeouts during his time thus far on the mound, he has drawn out a major league record of 5-1.
As for Deluca, there isn't exactly a great sample size to look at as he has made just 42 at-bats for Los Angeles. But, in those at-bats, he has five runs with two home runs on an average of .262. He had a pretty low K-rate of 17% in those at-bats and is very fast on the base paths. He could make a promising addition to the Rays outfield room.