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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links for December 14th, 2016 - Rays Awarded Another 2017 First Round Draft Pick

Adorable Astros fan, A minor trade, and the Rays gain a draft pick

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December 14th in Rays History

One former Rays player was born; Ken Hill (1965)

2003 - A busy day for the Devil Rays as they complete a couple of trades, first acquiring Geoff Blum for the Houston Astros for Brandon Backe. There was also a three team deal with the Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays that brought Mark Hendrickson to Tampa, sent Joe Kennedy to Colorado, and also sent Justin Speier to Toronto. The Rays also agreed to terms with two free agents, Rey Sanchez and Jose Cruz Jr.

2007 - The Rays signed veteran outfielder, Cliff Floyd, to a one year deal. He’d only play in 80 games for club in 2008, but served as a valuable mentor the younger players on a playoff bound team. He also managed to slash .268/.349/.455, good for 114 wRC+ and 0.5 fWAR as a part-time player.


Guess the prospect based on a Baseball America excerpt

After two reconstructive elbow surgeries, [Prospect] started and relieved in Triple-A and was the organization's pitcher of the year. He's known for his excellent command, and he relies on changing speeds and getting ahead of hitters. His best pitch is his changeup, followed by his curveball and a fastball with below-average velocity. [Prospect] also refuses to give in to hitters, and counts on his patience to frustrate opponents.

He was once ranked in his organization’s top 30 in the early 2000’s