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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: In the aftermath of the Pham trade

A shocking midnight trade has certainly set up another wild offseason for the Rays

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Shocking late night trade:

This trade may feel like an easy one to claim “Rays cheap” as a kneejerk reaction, and salary almost certainly played a factor. However, like most Rays moves, just caulking it up to cheap or tanking or selling or anything that involves a clean and easy answer is often times a take that will age like milk.

Edwards ranks 84th overall on Fan Graphs list. Renfroe has always been a big raw power guy, but last year he opened some eyes with the glove earning +22 DRS and 6 Outs Above Average (20th in MLB, 1 behind Mookie Betts) to go with his already very strong outfield arm.

Frankly this is a tough trade to evaluate fairly or with a clear head in the aftermath. Tommy Pham wasn’t just a great player, but he an absolute beating heart of the Rays and an intense leader. I respect the hell out of that man, and I’m gonna miss him.

There is a long way to go the rest of this offseason, before final 26 men that break camp for Opening Day, and all the twists and turns that come with it will play a pretty major factor in how this trade will be perceived in Rays history.

Rays News

Erik Neander has a good poker face, as this was an interview hours before the big Pham trade:

Rays head to Winter Meetings seeking upgrades - Juan Toribio,

Picking a Winter Meetings move for all 30 teams - Jim Bowden, The Athletic ($): The year is 2030 and another rumor has surfaced linking the Rays to Edwin Encarnación on a 1 year deal.

Rays in listening phase entering winter meetings - AP

Get ready in Portland and Nashville; the Rays are free agents in 2028 - John Romano, Tampa Bay Times ($): Strap in and get ready for some histrionics!

Twin Cities resident Nick Anderson thriving with Tampa Bay Rays - ABC 5 Minneapolis: The surprise dominant reliever who got more unbeatable in the second half with the Rays is enjoying his offseason.

Jesús Aguilar on joining the Marlins: “This is an opportunity every player wants” - Juan Páez, Fish Stripes: It didn’t quite work out in Tampa Bay, but Aguilar has a good opportunity still in the Sunshine state to rebound to his former All Star form.

Around the League

Jake Marisnick Trade: Mets Acquire Outfield Help From Houston For 2 Prospects - Justin Coleman, Baseball America

Former Rays prospect, Mariners C Omar Narvaez was traded to the Brewers. But how well can he replace Grandal?

Michael Pineda is returning to the Twins, at 2 years $20M

Scar Tissue - Bobby Jenks, The Players Tribune: Absolutely wild, must read from the former reliever, in his own words.