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  1. Rays confirm - we liked Hicks quite a bit - he has been a solid piece for us, but we think we get good value back with a future pen piece in Hock and a bat in Flora. Doug Sanchez is the gamble, he likely won't throw at all until Fall of 2021 but we like his potential upside quite a bit
  2. Rays confirm! Shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic and Matz found his way into a boat in the end. He's served us well, but our rebuild has been short on power - both at the plate and in the late innings. We take some chances on adding these two to the stockpile.
  3. The Rays send CF Yoenis Cespedes (ML, 100% retention) and 1B Paul Goldschmidt (ML, 100% retention) to the Yankees for RP Avilasa Trishwant (AAA) and CF Ian Beauvais (R Tampa 2) Pretty straight forward - I have not much use for these two guys anymore so I'd prefer to free up some ML playing time and pick up a couple specs for my bother
  4. The Rays send SP Gabriel Guerrero (ML, full retention for this year) and SS Brandon Crawford (ML, 100% retention) to the Rangers for SS Pete Kozma, SP Doug Crawford (A+ High Desert), 1B Donald Taylor (AAA Round Rock), RP Dane Ferguson (A+ High Desert) We love GG, but he is juuuuust a tick too old for what we're shooting for, so we're using him and some of our financial availability to acquire a trio of pieces which we really like. Good dealin' as always Kevin!
  5. The Tampa Bay Rays send AL All-Star 3B Anthony Rendon (DFA) to the St. Louis Cardinals for OF Alex Thomas (A+ Palm Beach), SP Chris Schoeneborn (A Peoria / DL), RP Rick Moore (A+ Palm Beach) Rendon was an admirable Ray, and we are sad to move him - but his time here needed to end realistically. We welcome three more dudes to our insanely deep farm system. Thanks Ryan!
  6. Putting out an "official" July block Pitchers SP Gabriel Guerrero - 7-4, 3.41 ERA on the year. Career 3.59 FIP - he's 29 but he's pre-arb another year SP Steven Matz - Just 5-7 but a solid league average, striking out 8.3 per 9. 29 and 2 more years of arb at reasonable rates RP Michael Hicks - Not exactly itching to move him, but he's a pretty standout 25-year-old reliever. Threw a rough 20 innings for Texas earlier this year but has had an ERA just barely over 2 for us with a 2.65 FIP. 2 more years of arb remaining Batters CF Yoenis Cespedes - Frankly an underrated low-cost FA signing, Yoenis has held it down pretty well in CF for us this year, thanks to his 21 HR. His average is a bit low (.226) but he's not getting any favors with a .258 BABIP. FA at seasons end. C Brett Nicholas - Very underrated C continues to get the job done. .764 OPS good for a 111 wRC+ and 1.78 WAR on the year. 30% RTO in his career. One more year of arb as well 1B Paul Goldschmidt - Goldy has power for days - already 25 on the year, 4th in the AL. His 70 RBIs are also 4th in the AL. Strikes out a lot, but can take a walk. Average is low, but another guy getting no BABIP favors (.259). Friendly $5 mil team option for next year as well. LF Edwin Rodgers - I'm a big fan of Rodgers' - he's not amazing, but is probably a prototype 4th OF on a good team. Plays the corners well, can fill in at CF, hits lefties, can steal a bag and has enough pop to be a threat there. One more year of arb as well. OF Kyle Parker - Another great 4th OF in Parker. Dude rakes - .900 OPS for us, primarily vsL. Plenty of team control left I also have a number of guys I'd move that just aren't worth writing up - solid cheap buys I'd move for comparatively little (ideally I'd package them with a C-level prospect or two for a B-level prospect. Guys like SP Chad Jenkins, Swingman Joe Kelly, RP Isliexel Gonzalez for arms and 2B Kolten Wong, RF Jay Bruce, IF Ronald Torreyes, C Carson Blair (rule 5 fyi), COF Claudio Echevarria and SS Deven Marrero for bats. I do have some younger big-leaguers I'd listen on as well - Henry Carlson (24, 2.75 ERA in 6 GS), RP Cantrell (23, 4.00 ERA), Rule 5 IF Jordan Howard and 1B Jorge Alvarado (not selling low though) - Primarily looking for prospects (24 or younger, younger the better) in these areas: Power 1B, Power relievers, - Also open to AAA level 24-25-26 year olds who are blocked, if they're actual starting quality players - Additionally open to packaging vets above with a prospect, for a better prospect
  7. Confirmed! We have always had a soft spot for Brunson but with the pickup of Lopez from LA earlier this year he became expendable. As such we will scoop up another OF prospect Thanks for the talks Jim and Josh!
  8. Rays send RP Mark Melancon (DFA), retaining 90% to the Twins for CF Arturo Gomez (R Elizabethtown) Pretty cut and dry - Melancon wasn't digging that Tampa life, so off he goes to the Twins
  9. The Rays send ML RPs Jason Wiley and Scott Ronnenbergh to Texas for RP Michael Hicks (ML) and SP Josiah "Jojo" Gray (A- Spokane) Two solid lefties, but that's a luxury for us. We scoop up a rehab project in Hicks and a decent looking SP arm Kevin to confirm
  10. A trade block, in 3 parts First part are vets that of course don't fit any long term plans. Willing to retain as necessary, and even with retention I don't need much back prospect wise. These dudes are virtually free SP Chad Jenkins - 7-2, 3.12 ERA for us last year in 12 outings, K/9 is up, BB/9 is down, but getting BABIP plus has had an issue keeping the ball in the park. Could be a great flyer if you need a 5th/6th SP RP Mark Melancon - will retain all 4 mil for a pedestrian spec back SP Tyrell Jenkins - Rated better than he pitches, could find lightening in a bottle though Second part are vets that have current value. Would want of course more of a return than the part above SP Gabriel Guerrero - Dude just wins. 18-4 in the bigs. Nice little 2-3 WAR guy, making the minimum. Groundballer who has a nice 8 K/9 on the year SP Steven Matz - Matzie has had a nice little run with us after a tough 2019. 4-4, 3.68 ERA, 8.3 K/9. Reasonable arb numbers. Pace for a 3 WAR year LH RP Scott Ronnenbergh - 70/65/55 vsL, doesn't make much in arb. 2.57 ERA in 21 G with a 1.05 WHIP on the year LF RP Jason WIley - Struggled for me last year, but is back to 2018 form vsL for us (1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP vsL). On the league minimum SS Deven Merrero - Glovely SS who hasn't hit in what few PA I've given him, but was a positive WAR 25th man for me in '18 and '19 - least expensive of this set of guys C Brett Nicholas - Most underrated C in MLB Pro. On pace for 25 HR and 4.1 WAR this year. 20 HR each from 17-19. 14.1 WAR from 16-19. Walks a ton, is a better defensive catcher (stat wise) than his ratings say he should be. Can help with $ side LF Edwin Rodgers - Nice little OF, probably more of a 4th man on a good team, but he's on 4 WAR/20-20 pace. Surehanded glove, still in arb RF Kyle Parker - Solid righty OF has raked this year, also a leader. 1B Jorge Alvarado - Had a team ping on him, and I listened so might as well state that I'd move him. Overall stats on the year suck, but he's been BABIP and he's been better of late since I let him play the field. I'm not selling low, so if your plan is to lowball me, save the time and don't reach out Third part is the FAs I signed - I can't actually deal them til 6/1, but if you want to start talks, I'm happy to SP Brett Anderson - Virtually free, and could be lightening in a bottle pickup 1B Paul Goldschmidt - Doesn't hit for average (or hasn't this year) but on 44 HR and 146 RBI pace, good for 3 WAR. Strikes out a lot, but also on pace for 70 walks. Can help with this years $ if need be, and he's got a nice little 5 mil cheapo team option for 21 2B Kolten Wong - Captain. I think he performs if he's on a winner (see how he's struggled this year and for Detroit, but was great for me when I had him in 2019). Can help with $$ SS Brandon Crawford - Solid 3rd MIF type on an inexpensive deal. If he's your 3rd MIF, his vesting option likely wouldn't vest (he's at 44/100 games played) CF Yoenis Cespedes - Nice CF which can be a hard spot to fill. On pace for 29 HR and 2.5 WAR RF Jay Bruce - Hasn't hit as I'd have hoped, but the power is there, not expensive at all 3B Anthony Rendon - The big-ticket item. Not going to be cheap prospect-wise. On pace for an amazing season at nearly 9 WAR as he's hitting .330.
  11. Approved! One note - I should be sending 2.1 mil though (in case Hodges doesn't get a chance to edit) We think Gordon is a nice little piece, but he doesn't have much future for the Rays so we'll shed the 2021 salary and pick up a prospect we like, literally in name only.
  12. The Rays send OF Mike Siani (A Bowling Green) to the Dodgers for CF Roberto Lopez (ML) Hoping Lopez can turn it around a bit in Tampa
  13. The Rays send CL Michael Fulmer (ML) to the White Sox for C Josh Breaux (A Kannapolis) and OF Geoffrey Cook (R Glendale) Moving an ML asset for more future ones