So much for Nate Haynes/Justin Ruggiano being around much longer, the Rays have dealt 2006 2nd round pick Josh Butler to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-handed outfielder Gabe Gross. A minor league standout Gross has yet to get an extended look in the majors for any given year. PECOTA foresees a .267/.363/.470 this year, and his fourth most comparable player is Jeromy Burnitz, frankly I'd be thrilled with that. Do note that Gomes/Gross seems to make a good platoon.
Butler has struggled since being promoted to Vero Beach last season. This deal marks the second time Doug Melvin and Andrew Friedman have connected for a trade, the last time saw decent dividends as the Rays sent Seth McClung to the Brewers for Grant Balfour.