OF Jay Bruce (MLB, cleared waivers)
C Scott Smith (AA-Tennessee)
RP Jose V. Kline (A-South Bend)
OF Will Ward (Rookie-Mesa)
SP Melvin Ward (Rookie-Mesa)
OF Jose Pena (MLB, claimed by Cubs)
Jay Bruce was one of our most important contributors this year, both offensively (132 OPS+) and defensively (1.042 EFF). His concussion the day after the trade deadline was fairly devastating. We've played well since then, going 8-2 in our last ten to crawl within 1 game of the Wild Card, but we really wanted to replace Bruce. Jose Pena is just about the closest thing in the league. He's a great defender, he's got more power with a bit less average, and a great clubhouse presence for our final 50-ish games. We give up a solid prospect package in return, as well as Bruce to help even out the money, but the Cubs felt this deal was necessary.
Thanks John, Rays to confirm.