Last night was the deadline for teams to lock in their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft in December. The Rays made several additions, selecting the contracts of Kyle Byrd, Brock Burke, Ian Gibaut, Joe McCarthy, and Jesus Sanchez. To clear roster space, the Rays designated Oliver Drake and Hoby Milner for assignment, and outrighted Jose Mujica off the roster. The most controversial move, was the decision to designate CJ Cron for assignment
This, of course, caused an uproar of criticism aimed towards the always budget consciousness Rays as they shedded arguably their top slugger in 2018 as he was due to make around $5M in arbitration.
I can’t imagine being a Rays fan. Like, I root for some trash teams, but they don’t intentionally get rid of good players over trivial amounts of money.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) November 21, 2018
Rays fans got a lot of mileage mocking those of us who disapproved of salary dumps last offseason. And hey, they earned the right to mock, even if it was in hindsight. I do wonder how many times you can dump useful players for nothing and have it still work out great for ya.— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) November 21, 2018
The Rays still have at least 7 days to find a willing trade partner for Cron.
And...there is always the possibility of the Rays bringing in a free agent to replace Cron’s production.
#Astros, #WhiteSox, #Rays have shown interest in Nelson Cruz this month, source confirms @JonHeyman report. Cruz is tied with Giancarlo Stanton with 305 home runs since 2010, the most in @MLB this decade. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 21, 2018
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- Marc Topkin looks at the latest additions to the Rays roster
- Today at noon, Juan Toribio of The Athletic ($) will be doing a live Q&A
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