The Tampa Bay Rays have acquire outfielder Brian O’Grady from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later. In a corresponding roster move, the Rays have also designated first baseman Jesus Aguilar for assignment.
O’Grady, 27, was designated for assignment by the Reds a few days ago. The outfielder made his big league debut for Cincinnati this past season and hit .190/.292/.429, with two home runs during his 28 games in the majors. However, his time in Triple-A was much more impressive as he set a new Louisville Bats (Reds’ Triple-A affiliate) single-season home run record with 28 longballs and he also displayed some speed as he snagged 20 stolen bases over 112 games.
Aguilar was acquired by the Rays at the 2019 trade deadline from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jake Faria. Although he was an All-Star and homerun derby participant, and he evened garnered some MVP votes in 2018, Aguilar’s power seemingly dissipated in 2019 as he slugged just .389 over 369 plate appearances between Milwaukee and Tampa Bay.
Aguilar was arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason and was projected to make $2.5M.
The deadline for teams to non-tender their arbitration eligible players is this upcoming Monday, December 2nd; the Rays still have to decide on five players: Tommy Pham, Chaz Roe, Guillermo Heredia, Oliver Drake, Tyler Glasnow, and Daniel Robertson.