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Tampa Bay Rays news and Links: The Drew Smyly trade

The internet mulls on what the Rays got back.

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Yesterday, Drew Smyly was traded to the Mariners as the second half of what was essentially a three-team deal between the Rays, the Mariners, and the Braves. The Rays got back Mallex Smith, a speedy outfielder who has a chance to make the team immediately.

They also got Ryan Yarbrough, a pitcher who could be in the back of the rotation or in the bullpen soon, and Carlos Vargas, a high-upside 17-year-old. Here’s Jim Callis on the pickup.

It sounds like this trade has been a long time in the making.

Smith is one of the fastest runners in the game, with 88 stolen bases in the minors in 2014, 56 in 2015 and 16 in his 72-game ML debut in 2016. He also uses that speed to play elite defense in center, to the point he has been projected as a potential future Gold Glove winner.

Other Links

  • Somewhat lost in the shuffle, the Rays claimed another outfielder off waivers.