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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Mahtook traded

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Also, there was a Hall of Fame vote.

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Yesterday, the Rays traded former first-round pick Mikie Mahtook to the Detroit Tigers for either a player to be named later or cash. We don’t really know yet what the return will be, but don’t get to hopeful. This wasn’t so much about the return. The Rays needed to clear 40-man roster space and Mahtook didn’t have an obvious role on the team.

Here’s what Tigers fans think of the trade.

There was a Hall of Fame announcement, too. Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez all got in. You can see the full voting results here.

There are many great writeups lauding those three (I like Dave Cameron on Tim Raines), but to me this is way more fun.

Rays Links

  • One of the reasons for trading Mahtook was to clear space for Shawn Tolleson. Jason Hanselman takes a close look at the new Rays reliever.
  • It seems to be Willy Adames Day. First, here’s an article, with video, from the Tampa Bay Times about Chris Archer taking Adames under his wing and inviting Adames to train with him at the IMG Academy.
  • And then here’s an article (with video we’ve seen before) that has quotes from Rays Minor League Director Mike Lukevics on Adames, and also on Blake Snell.
  • An interview with Mallex Smith about being traded to the Rays.

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