The Tampa Bay Rays have designated shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria, for assignment.
The Rays needed to clear a spot on the active roster with the addition of Tommy Pham, who is in tonight’s starting lineup in left field and hitting cleanup. According to Marc Topkin, the Rays front office did everything they could to find a new home for Hechavarria prior to yesterday’s trade deadline, but were unable to find any suitors willing to make a trade.
The Rays acquired Hechavarria last June and since then he has hit .257/.289/.376 with 10 HR over 518 plate appearances, sporting a 77 wRC+. Offense has never been his strong suit though, as all his value is brought with his glove and the ridiculous, almost unbelievable things he is able to do with it.
Hechavarria is now in his seventh major league season, having spent the majority the Miami Marlins. He was originally signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 as an amateur free agent and surged through the system to make his MLB debut in 2012.
Hechavarria’s spot on the Rays roster has been in jeopardy all the season as he served as a placeholder until Willy Adames was ready. If Hechavarria clears waivers, he will likely be sent to Triple-A Durham.