The Rays remained busy Sunday evening. After completing a comeback win over Toronto and acquiring infielder Eric Sogard from the Blue Jays, they traded infielder Christian Arroyo and right-handed pitcher Hunter Wood to Cleveland for minor league outfielder Ruben Cardenas and international bonus money.
The 21-year-old Cardenas was a 16th-round pick from Cal State Fullerton last June, and he’s having success in the Midwest League, where Cleveland’s affiliate ends a series against Bowling Green Monday. He’s batting .284/.343/.475 and is among the league leaders in slugging and OPS.
Neither Baseball America nor MLB.com ranked him among Cleveland’s top 30 prospects, but prior to last year’s draft, BA noted he has power potential and was recovering from a back injury ($).
Arroyo — acquired from San Francisco in the Evan Longoria trade — spent time with Tampa Bay in each of the last two seasons but battled numerous injuries in his time with the organization. In 116 major league plate appearances in that span, he had a .710 OPS — good for a 92 OPS+ — as a second baseman and third baseman. He’s currently on the 60-day injured list with forearm tendinitis.
Wood accumulated 70 1⁄3 innings with the Rays over the past three seasons, including 29 this season. In those innings, he had a 3.20 ERA, 3.90 FIP, and 66 strikeouts with 25 walks.