The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the acquisition of second baseman Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.
In exchange, the Rays received right-handed pitching prospect Jose De Leon.
This deal gives the Dodgers their 2017 second baseman. Forsythe replaces Chase Utley, who remains a free agent. Los Angeles had been involved in the trade market for this piece, but they had mostly been looking at the Twins' Brian Dozier.
The Seattle Mariners announced Wednesday that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays.
In exchange for Smyly, the Rays received outfielder Mallex Smith (whom the Mariners acquired earlier in the day), infielder Carlos Vargas and left-handed pitcher Ryan Yarbrough.
Smyly will fill out the 2017 Mariners' rotation, a group that will look quite different after an offseason full of moves from general manager Jerry Dipoto and company.
The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to sign outfielder Colby Rasmus Monday, according to media reports.
Rasmus and the Rays agreed to a one-year contract worth around $5 million. Incentives in the contract could push the contract up to around $7 million.
Rasmus is coming off of a down season with the Houston Astros after he bet on himself last offseason by taking their one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. Unfortuantely for him, it did not appear to pay off, as he has to rebuild value now in Tampa Bay.
The NL West is in an arms race.
Between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, so many pitchers have gone out west this trade season it's been hard to count. Right before the trade deadline on Monday, another pitcher went out there.
The Giants have acquired left-hander Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays, a source confirmed to Cover Those Bases on Monday. Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported the trade.
In exchange for Moore, the Rays got third baseman Matt Duffy as well as two minor league prospects: shortstop Lucius Fox and right-hander Michael Santos.
The Giants have been in the market for starting pitching depth for awhile now. The back end of their rotation, specifically Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, has underperformed, leading San Francisco to look for someone outside the organization.
Moore, 27, is just that. He's 7-7 this season with a 4.08 ERA and a 109-40 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 130 innings pitched this season for the Rays. This is his first full season since having to have Tommy John surgery in 2014.
While Moore's stats do not pop off the page, he has plenty of pluses to his profile that made him appealing for many teams.
Moore's contract status is great for a team. He has team options for the next three seasons valued at $7 million, $9 million and $10 million, respectively. This is much less than what he would likely receive on the open market, especially considering his age.
This is why San Francisco had to give so much up.
One player, Matt Duffy, 25, is a great buy-low candidate for Tampa Bay.
Not a free agent until after the 2020 season, Duffy is hitting for a below-average .253/.313/.358 line with four home runs and 21 RBI over 286 plate appearances this season. He also spent time on the disabled list.
But just last year, Duffy had a .762 OPS over 612 plate appearances, while also being a great defensive third baseman. He could be good in Tampa Bay at second base, as Evan Longoria is currently manning the hot corner there.
As for Fox and Santos, they both are still far away from the Major Leagues. Fox was a highly regarded international prospect who could turn it around in the Rays' system going forward.
The Miami Marlins have been looking at both starting and relief pitchers on the trade market, as Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports.
Morosi reports that the Marlins have been in "preliminary contact" with the Tampa Bay Rays in regards to right-handed starter Jake Odorizzi.
The team is currently 37-32 and tied for the top Wild Card position in the National League with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Miami appears to be interested in adding in an attempt to contend down the stretch and gear up for a possible playoff run.
Odorizzi, in particular, will not come cheap.
The 26-year-old established himself as one of the better up-and-coming starters in the American League in 2015, and he has not even hit arbitration. Odorizzi is still under team control through the 2019 season, adding to his value.
This season, Odorizzi has made 15 starts for the Rays, going 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA and a 82 to 27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 84 1/3 innings pitched.
According to FanGraphs.com, Odorizzi has worked to a 3.99 FIP and a 4.08 xFIP, perhaps suggesting that he is due for some, but not a lot, regression for the rest of the season due to his strikeout-to-walk ratio and home run allowed rate.
Regardless, the Marlins could use another starter in a rotation that currently includes Jose Fernandez, Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler and Paul Clemens.