The Tampa Bay Rays have been busy making some major trading deals with Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. On Wednesday Morning, the Rays traded Nathan Eovaldi in exchange for the LHP Jalen Beeks.
“I knew I was on the trading block,” Eovaldi said. “I guess my initial reaction when they first said I got traded, I was like oh because I feel like I’ve developed such a relationship with all the guys here, and all the opportunity that the Rays gave me to come back and recover from my surgery….But then again when they said it was Boston I can’t help but be excited about that. First place in our division, that says a lot. … Really excited about going over there and helping that team.”
Eovaldi has pitched fine since recovering after his injuries, he was getting ready for the game and was unaware that a deal concerning him was in action. Then he was called by manager Kevin Cash around 10:30 and was informed that he got traded.
“I was just about ready to start getting ready for the start when he called me in,” Eovaldi said. “Everything is kind of swirling right now.”
Beeks in one of the finest trade prospect for Tampa Bay Rays, since his major league debut in June with Red Sox he is been giving outstanding performances in all of his games. He is now 34-28, 3.63 in 96 Games from which he started in 94 games.
After this deal, everyone was thinking that’s it when Rays Landed another bomb on our heads with another big deal marking Matt Andriese. They traded Matt Andriese in the afternoon of the same day getting catcher Michael Perez and RHP Brian Shaffer in exchange from Arizona Diamondbacks.
Andriese has a record of 3-4, 4.07 ERA in 27 games and been doing a lot better as a starter a 4.28 ERA. He has learned a lot and he says that he appreciates the time he has spent with the Rays.
“I’m thankful for the opportunities the Tampa Bay Rays gave me to become a well-rounded pitcher,” he said via text. “And for the friendships, I built with my teammates, the coaching staff, clubhouse guys and front office.” Get your Tampa Bay Rays tickets discount coupon and must watch their match live.
25 years old catcher Michael Perez, the Diamondbacks draft pick in 2011 seems like the key deal for the Rays as he has been recently listed as the best defensive catcher by Baseball America. This season his record looks something like this a .284/.342/.417 line in Triple-A Reno and a 38.4% caught stealing record. Furthermore, he has hit six home runs and 29 RBI in 58 games for Triple-A Reno.
The Pitcher Brian Shaffer, on the other hand, is only 21 years old and has a record of 7-5 with a 2.70 ERA. He has played at the University of Maryland with Rays minor league prospect Brandon Lowe before being picked by the Diamondbacks in the last season in the 6th round of amateur picks.
Rays fans are looking forward to upcoming games for the performances by new additions in the team.