Rays gambled they could get Tommy Pham production at half the cost. How did that go? Last December, the Tampa Bay Rays traded fan favorite and offensive leader OF Tommy Pham, plus SS/RHP prospect Jake Cronenworth to the San Diego Padres.
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Was this move made to cut costs or dead weight? Note: This episode was recorded on Sunday, November 22nd, before Charlie Morton signed with the Atlanta Braves, and before Randy Arozarena’s alleged domestic dispute.
He was a talisman of the Rays good faith effort to win games. So the Rays failed to re-sign Charlie Morton. Despite, allegedly, trying. Morton signed with Atlanta for one year, $15 million, which was, you may recall, the team option that the Rays declined.
2020 shipwrecked a lot of trade value. How do we measure what’s left? When the Rays made the shocking decision to trade the best hitter from 2019’s roster, one thing was clear: there was a lot of value being placed on the prospect they acquired.