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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Hank Conger Optioned to Durham

The Rays made a somewhat surprising decision this morning, at least according to their transaction page

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Rays News:

- The Rays have optioned Hank Conger to Triple-A, with a corresponding move yet to be made. Internal options are Luke Maile and J.P. Arencibia, with possessing a spot on the 40-man roster.

- Three Rays prospects made appearances during the Futures Game last night, with Chih-Wei Hu tossing an impressive inning, WIlly Adames swinging really really hard, and Ryne Stanek lighting up the radar gun.

- Marc Topkin looks at what all has went wrong to cause the Rays to lose 22 of 25 games

- Jake Odorizzi on his performance, plus updates on injurued player. Kevin Kiermaier will begin his rehab assignment later today

Around the League:

- Good for Wil Myers who is having a breakout year, and he's my pick to win the HR derby tonight

- Fangraphs is ranking the top 25 trade assets, and here are the honorable mentions who just missed the cut (two Rays included)

- The Dodgers are once again considering trading Yasiel Puig