Credit the Tampa Bay Rays for being bold and impressive with their latest move.
The Rays traded not one but two quality pitchers in a seven-player deal with the Kansas City Royals announced Sunday night.
Most major league teams would love to add hurlers such as James Shields and Wade Davis, not deal them away.
With the trade, Tampa Bay acquired several players who could help solidify the future while remaining very relevant in the AL East.
"We're constantly working to balance the present and the future and always trying to thread the needle," Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.
"As an organization, we rely more on the contributions of our young players than anyone else in baseball. But with this trade, we're hoping to replenish our system and add a lot of players we feel can help us sustain this run of success we've had for the last five years."
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