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MLB Trade Deadline: Tampa Bay Rays trade Tim Beckham to the Baltimore Orioles

The Rays send their former number one overall pick to Baltimore for a minor league pitcher

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Minutes after the Trade Deadline passed, the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly traded Tim Beckham to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league pitcher, Tobias Myers.

Tim Beckham was the Rays number one overall selection in the 2008 draft, famously taken over Buster Posey. Beckham took some time to reach the majors, finally making his debut during the 2013 season. Thus far over his brief major league career, Beckham has flashed serious potential on the offensive side of things.

Thus far in 2017, Beckham has slashed .259/.314/.407 with 12 home runs over 87 games. He has also accrued 1.3 fWAR with his offensive line producing a 95 wRC+.

With the Rays adding Lucas Duda this past week, as well as having both Brad Miller and Adeiny Hechavarria on the roster, there was a logjam that had to be settled, ultimately with Tim Beckham getting deal to the Baltimore Orioles.

Tobias Myers was a 6th round selection in the 2016 draft by the Orioles. Here’s what Baseball America had to say about him, prior to the draft.

Myers had some early buzz this spring after he touched 93 mph with his fastball, but has more typically pitched around 90 mph. He combines his fastball with a solid curveball and a seldom-used changeup. Myers is a good athlete and has a loose, easy delivery that he repeats well. He earns praise for his pitchability. Listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, there is some projection to him, particularly because has been a two-way player in high school.

Myers is currently for the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles Low-A affiliate.

The Rays now have an open spot on the 40-man roster with the trade of Beckham to the Orioles. Brad Miller will likely take over the starting second base duties, while Lucas Duda will be starting DH most nights.


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