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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Jake Odorizzi, Baltimore Orioles trade details emerging

The Rays asking price for Jake Odorizzi comes out, Micah Johnson outrighted, and Blue Jays to retire Roy Halladay’s number

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Spring training is under way as the first formal workout will take place today at 10:30 am. Many teams across the league have switched to a later time due the majority of the regular season being played at night.

The Rays have 44 pitchers and catchers on their spring training roster and all of them except one (Jesus Sucre) are expected to be in camp today. Sucre is being held up by visa issues.

Odorizzi’s O’s?

Ken Rosenthal designed a bizarro world trade scenario in which the Rays send Jake Odorizzi to the Yankees, who then flip Odorizzi as well as others, to Baltimore for Manny Machado. In the article, Rosenthal dropped an interesting nugget of whom the Rays have been targeting in talks with the Orioles.

They could always get Odorizzi directly from the Rays — according to one source, the Rays are seeking a pitching prospect and the Orioles’ competitive-balance pick, No. 33 overall, in return.

The Rays would be wise to try and pry away 2017 draft pick DL Hall, who is considered among the better southpaw prospects in the game, but when the Orioles can still spend money on a Jeremy Hellickson, that’s a high price to pay.

Perhaps another LHP like Tanner Scott, who hits triple digits with deception, could still be a possibility, but the Rays are more likely to target a pitcher farther away than Triple-A.

For more on Jake Odroizzi’s trade value, check out our outsider survey here.

Rays spring training coverage

Hear from Manager Kevin Cash, Sr. VP, Baseball Ops/GM Erik Neander & Sr. VP, Baseball Ops Chaim Bloom at today’s first day of spring training!

Posted by Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Other Notes

TRIVIA

Who was the first draft pick in franchise history to reach the majors?