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Rays trade Emilio Pagan to Padres for Manuel Margot, prospect Logan Driscoll

Pitchers and catchers are set to report on Thursday, but the Rays’ offseason reportedly isn’t finished yet.

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Saturday night, the Rays traded reliever Emilio Pagan to the Padres for outfielder Manuel Margot and catcher prospect Logan Driscoll, according to The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino.

The 25-year-old Margot was once ranked the No. 24 prospect in baseball by Baseball America. In four years with the Padres, he’s a career .248 hitter with a .301 on-base percentage and .394 slugging percentage. He’s known as a quality defender in center field and stole a career-high 20 bases in 24 attempts in 2019.

He’ll earn $2.475 million in 2020, his first season of arbitration eligibility.

In his only season with the Rays, Pagan was one of the team’s most reliable relievers. The 28-year-old righty saved 20 games with a 2.31 ERA in 70 innings, striking out 36% of opposing batters and walking just 4.9%.

Driscoll, 22, was the No. 73 pick in the 2019 draft. In its predraft scouting report, Baseball America noted the left-handed hitting catcher was known for his solid defense (BA $). He also spent a number of games in right field, showing the versatility that the Rays value. In the Northwest League — equivalent to the New York-Penn League — he batted .268/.340/.458, all significantly higher than the league averages.