How All Of The Tampa Bay Rays Hitters Were Acquired

Tuesday July.16/2013

 Evan Longoria is signed through the year 2023. He was earmarked as the 'franchise player' - and locked up early into his career.  His deal will earn him $145 MIL over the course of 15 years worth of service.

Evan Longoria is signed through the year 2023. He was earmarked as the ‘franchise player’ – and locked up early into his career. His deal will earn him $145 MIL over the course of 15 years worth of service.  He was Drafted 3rd overall in the 2006 Amateur Draft.

How All Of The Tampa Bay Rays Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Tampa Rays – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

Evan Longoria‘s incredible Bare Hand Catch During An Interview:

Ben Zobrist has quietly tuned into one of the best all around players in the game.  He has finished in the top for WAR in 3 of the 4 years - including 1st in 2011 and 2nd in 2009.  At Age 31, Zobrist goes into a contract year.    Ben Zobrist has been a big bright spot for the Rays this season. Zobrist who continues this season with his musical chairs role on the team has not let his bat cool down 10 games into the season. Rays fans need not worry this early. With only 10 games played in the young season now is not the time to start throwing in the towel and saying that GM Andrew Friedman and his staff have lost their touch.

Ben Zobrist has quietly tuned into one of the best all around players in the game. He has finished in the top for WAR in 3 of the 4 years – including 1st in 2011 and 2nd in 2009. At Age 31, Zobrist has two consecutive Team Options ($7.0 MIL in 2014 and $7.5 MIL in 2014) left on his current contract.  Zobrist – who continues this season with his musical chairs role defensively on the team, has hit .260/.347/.729 to now being an ALL – Star for the 2nd time in his career. Andrew Friedman and his staff have not lost their touch since this move and several Drafts and Trades since.  He was the key player brought back in a trade for Aubrey Huff, who was the leader in several categories before leaving the franchise.

Jose Molina (38) C: November 28, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Molina was a quality 2 Year sign for the club.  he is exceptional in defense – and has been better than thought of with the bat.

James Loney (29) 1B: December 6, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Loney was a great bargain signing for the club at 1 YR – $2MIL.  The 1B has hit for a Slash Line of .315/.366/.832 – with 31 XBH and 43 RBI so far.  He is a great 1 year option for the team.

Ben Zobrist (32) 2B/SS/OF: July 12, 2006: Traded by the Houston Astros with Mitch Talbot to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Aubrey Huff and cash.  Zobrist has led the League in WAR (2009) and finished 2nd in WAR (2011).  The guy is .260/.353/.789 for his career – and has been a jack of all defensive trades for franchise.  The club will keep him for at least a couple of more years.

Aubrey Huff was Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 5th round of the 1998 amateur draft.  Huff provided Houston with some needed pop in a 2006 pennant chase, however he was a Free Agent after the season was over.

Winner of this deal was definitely the Rays. 

Mitch Talbot, December 1, 2009: The Tampa Bay Rays sent a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for Kelly Shoppach.  Talbot went 10 – 13, with a 4.41 ERA for Cleveland in 2010.

Kelly Shoppach, October 31, 2011: Granted Free Agency from the Rays.  The catcher hit 16 HRs and 39 RBI in 378 AB.

This deal was pretty even.  However, Shoppach was another addition of the Huff Deal, so adds more to that trade.

Yunel Escobar (30) SS/2B: December 4, 2012: Traded by the Miami Marlins to the Tampa Bay Rays for Derek Dietrich. If he doesn’t amp up his second half, the club will likely decline his 2014 Team Option for $5 MIL. Escobar’s days are likely numbered in 2014 if Hak-Ju Lee can stay healthy as well.

Derek Dietrich (23) 2B: Dietrich was Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2nd round of the 2010 amateur draft.

This is really early to call.  Dietrich stats 2013: .218/.282/.703 –  Escobar 2013 Stats; .252/.312/.679 – with 7 HRs and 39 RBI.  However based on $Payroll, I am giving the Marlins the slight edge.  The Rays needed a SS with experience for a playoff push though. 

Evan Longoria (27) 3B:  was Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.  He is an MVP caliber type player, and there is a reason why the club is over 100 games over .500 since his arrival.  He holds a 3 Slash for his career of .276/.360/.875 – with 140 HRs and 508 RBI.  His usual season will equal 30 + HRs and 100 + RBI.

Kelly Johnson (31) 2B/LF: February 5, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Rays.  This is another perfect 1 YR deal for $2.45 MIL.  He has Slashed for a .244/.320/.761 – with 13 HRs and 44 RBI.  Decent production for a Second Baseman.

Desmond Jennings (26) CF: drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 10th round of the 2006 amateur draft.  Jennings is coming into his own – with a likely 20 HR+ 20 SB+ season – while he should approach 100 Runs Scored – and is at a .784 OPS right now.  The team is breathing easy having let B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford leave in FA because this guy is good.

The Rays Management has been a lot better under the tutelage of the these 3 gentleman.  It is too bad that cant secure an MLB Park with the amount of revenue to pay their great players once they become great.  Recent FA CF gone from the club are carl Crawford (7 YR/$142 MIL - and B.J. Upton: (5 YR/$75 MIL were ludicrous contracts.  They don't make mistakes like that!

The Rays Management has been a lot better under the tutelage of the these 3 gentleman. It is too bad that cant secure an MLB Park with the amount of revenue to pay their great players once they become great. In the case of Recent FA CF gone from the club, they made the right decision in letting them walk: Carl Crawford after 2010 (7 YR/$142 MIL) – and B.J. Upton in 2012: (5 YR/$75 MIL) were ludicrous contracts given by their new teams. The Rays simply don’t make mistakes like that!

Matthew Joyce (28) OF/DH: December 10, 2008: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Tampa Bay Rays for Edwin Jackson.  Joyce has 3 Slashed for .252/.343./798 with the team – with 63 HRs and 214 RBI in 1383 AB so far.  Maddon knows how to use this guy properly.

Edwin Jackson, January 14, 2006: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Chuck Tiffany (minors) to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Danys Baez and Lance Carter.

Edwin Jackson was good for his ALL – Star  year in Detroit, going 13 – 9, with a 3.66 ERA during the 2009 season.  Lucky for the Tigers, they packaged him in a 3 way deal that netted them Max Scherzer and Austin Jackson

Verdict on this deal is a tie because of that last point about using Jackson to aquire Scherzer and Jackson

Chuck Tiffany played one year before hitting the Independent circuit in the Minors.

Danys BaezJanuary 6, 2004: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  After 71 Saves in 2 years with the Rays, the LHP never played well again after leaving FLA.  For LAD, he was 5 – 5, with a 4.35 ERA in 49 IP of relief.

Lance Carter January 11, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  Carter lasted 11.2 IP (8.49 ERA), before never pitching in the Majors again.  Carter was 13 – 10, with a 3.92 ERA, 29 SV and an ALL – Star Appearance in 2003 with the Rays.

The deal for Jackson from LAD was a steal – and continues to reap benefits from Joyce.  Not bad for a couple of FA signings – in Baez and Carter to begin with.  Like so many others, they still had good careers with TB, and not poor careers after leaving.

Luke Scott (35) 1B/DH/OF: January 12, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Scott will end up costing the team $7.75 MIL in 2012 – 2013.  So far he is .246/.314/.768 – with 22 HRs and 91 RBI in 504 AB.  This is great production when you consider he had an 0 – 40 slump at one point in 2012.

Jose Lobaton (28) C: July 30, 2009: Selected off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays from the Padres.  He is just a backup Catcher that cost the team nothing but waiver cash.  A 3 Slash Line of .270/.330/.722 with 22 RBI in 163 AB this year.

Ryan Roberts (32) 2B/3B/OF: July 24, 2012: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Tampa Bay Rays for Tyler Bortnick (minors).  He has been Optioned to the Durham Bulls after slashing .250/.303/.704, with 5 HRs  and 16 RBI in 132 2013 AB.  He is good depth in the Minors for the club.

Tyler Bortnick was Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC).  Bortnick is in AAA Reno with the Diamondbacks franchise.  He has hit .269/.393/.780 in a hitter friendly league.

This trade is too early to tell as well

Sean Rodriguez (28) 2B/3B/SS:  September 1, 2009: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent Sean Rodriguez to the Tampa Bay Rays to complete an earlier deal made on August 29, 2009. August 29, 2009: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent a player to be named later, Matt Sweeney (minors) and Alex Torres to the Tampa Bay Rays for Scott Kazmir.

Sean Rodriguez has a 3 Slash Line of .231/.307/.669 – with 25 HRs and 123 RBI in 1126 AB.  He is not lighting the world on fire, yet is a suitable back up every where.

Matt Sweeney was selected in the rule 5 draft by the Orioles from the Orioles.

Alex Torres.  (25) LHP:  Torres has been one of the best Relievers in the AL of late.  He has a 0.34 ERA in 26.1 IP so far this season – while collecting a 3 – o record for TB. 

Scott Kazmir July 30, 2004: Traded by the New York Mets with Jose Diaz to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Bartolome Fortunato and Victor Zambrano.

Kazmir blew his arm out in Los Angeles, after going 11 – 17, with a 5.31 ERA.  The Lefty was 55 – 44, with a 3.89 ERA for the Rays – and was pivotal for them going to the 2008 World Series versus the Phillies.  The Rays win both transactions (including the next one you will read – because they knew when to cut bait.)  Kazmir has since come back to the MLB with the Indians – and is pitching better again. 

Victor Zambrano: March 14, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  The Big ‘Z’, was only 10 – 14, with a 4.42 ERA for the Mets.  It looked to be one of the worst trades of late for a long time before Kazmir burned his arm out.

Jose DiazJune 7, 2005: Selected off waivers by the Cleveland Indians from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Bartolome FortunatoSigned by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as an amateur free agent in 1996. He went 2 – 0, with a 7.07 ERA in 21.2 IP for the Mets.

Sam Fuld (31) OF:  Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Hak-Ju Lee (minors), Chris Archer, Robinson Chirinos and Brandon Guyer to the Tampa Bay Rays for Zach Rosscup (minors), Matt Garza and Fernando Perez.

Fuld has been a decent super sub, and is fast.  He will never be accused with the best players of the league.  His 3 Slash of .233/.302/.641 in 514 AB tells us that.  He does have 30 SB in that time frame. 

Brandon Guyer (27) OF: Guyer has a 3 Slash of .289/.358/.784 for Durham this year – with 6 HRs and 35 RBI in 309 AB.  Guyer could see some playing time in the Majors in the next few years.

Hak-Ju Lee (22) The 56th rated prospect has battled injuries with Durham this year, however is hit .422/.536/1.136 in 45 AB this year and has a .294/.360/.753  in 1763 Career AB in the Minors.  He could come up and play defense at several different positions for Joe Maddon in going forward.  

Chris Archer (24) RHP: Archer is 4 – 3, with a 2.96 ERA in 9 Game Starts.  Just like Myers, he should have been called up earlier.  Archer may end up being the best piece brought back for Garza.

Robinson Chirinos: (29)  C/1B – April 7, 2013: Traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later. Chirinos is only batting .154 in 26 AB for the Rangers thus far.

Zach Rosscup has a 2.64 ERA in 202 Appearances in the Minor Leagues – and could be called up once the Cubs start trading guys away

Fernando Perez was released by the Cubs in 2011, after playing his tenure in the Minor League System.

Wil Myers (22) OF: December 9, 2012: Traded by the Kansas City Royals with Mike Montgomery (minors), Patrick Leonard (minors) and Jake Odorizzi to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, Wade Davis and James Shields. The Tampa Bay Rays sent Elliot Johnson (February 12, 2013) to the Kansas City Royals to complete the trade.

This trade is too early to tell early on – but will be a keen point of interest as the years go on.

Elliot Johnson (29)  SS/2B: Signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as an amateur free agent in 2002. A 3 Slash Line of .210/.248/.531 in 128 AB will hardly make the Rays fan pine for his services again.

James Shields (31) SP: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 16th round of the 2000 amateur draft. After going 87 – 73, with a 3.89 ERA for TB from 2006 -2012, Shields has thrown 134.2 IP – and has a 3.21 ERA for KC this year.  ‘Big Game James’ has not received much run support.

Wade Davis (27) RHP: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 3rd round of the 2004 amateur draft.  Davis has struggled acclimatizing himself back to being a starter.  He is 4 – 8, with a 5.89 ERA in 94.2 IP and 18 GS for KC this year.

Mike Montgomery Montgomery (24) LHP:  The Lefty has gone 4 – 3, with a 3.73 ERA in 60.1 IP for Durham this year.  Last year, he was ranked #31 on MLB.com’s Top 100.  He did not make the list this year. 

Patrick Leonard (20) 1B/3B/:  For Bowling Green, (A Affiliate), Leonard has a 3 Slash Line of .215/2.96/.628 – with 6 HRs and 35 RBI in 289 AB.

Jake Odorizzi. (23) RHP:   The big Right Hander has lugged 18 IP in the Majors this year – going 0 – 1, with a 6.00 ERA.  he is 7 -2, with a 3.20 ERA in 12 Game Starts with the Durham Bulls.  Odorizzi was ranked the #45 prospect by Baseball America for 2013.

The  bottom line is that the Rays are a smartly run franchise, that sprinkle in the right mix of productive veterans, young controllable players with cost friendly contracts – (negotiated by the management to include long – term deals with their young players that feature several 1 year Team Options at the end in case of a diminishing return, that the club can cut bait from). 

They also don’t make mistakes by resigning expensive talent.  With 5 winning seasons  in a row – about to turn into 6, and possibly a 4th playoff birth in that time, the Rays are an example of how to run a franchise.

While there are other players involved in this trade as well, it will always be judged based on Myers (TB Career) - versus Shields (2013 and 2014 seasons for KC).  So far Myers has a 3 Slash Line of .268/.268/.725 with 2 HRs (including a GS for his 1st roundtripper) and 8 RBI.  Would the Royals have brought him up to start the 2013 campaign - instead of the Rays waiting for him to full under the "Super 2" for service time?  Did the Rays make the wrong decision in keeping Myers down in Durham until Mid- June.  All of these questions may take some time.  In all, 3 drafted players by the organization left for Kansas City in return for four new players in return

While there are other players involved in this trade as well, it will always be judged based on Myers (TB Career) – versus Shields (2013 and 2014 seasons for KC). So far Myers has a 3 Slash Line of .288/.321/.735 – with 3 HRs and 15 RBI in 104 – 2013 ABs.  The Rays waited for him to fall under the “Super 2″ for service time before calling him to the show.  Did the Rays make the wrong decision in keeping Myers down in Durham until Mid- June? All of these questions may take some time. In all, 3 drafted players by the organization left for Kansas City for four new players in return.

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