2021 Rays: Wandervision

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Randy was Mr October, Wander is waiting in the wings, they sold high on Snell...but they made a very uncharacteristic front-office error in handling Morton’s option. They thought they could leverage him living in Tampa and being super comfortable with the Rays situation to squeeze him for a few million by declining the 15m option and signing him for what? Maybe 11-12? Just so obnoxious. As much as it hurts the team, I’m kinda glad he called them on it. You know they got caught with their pants down because they offered 10m+ for Kluber...so this was definitely not driven by them thinking the young crew was ready and they didn’t need Morton. For shame.

Anyway, they need to clear out a bit of a logjam of infielders and they really need another starter, so hopefully there is a trade to be had here somewhere. Musgrove and Taillon seemed very gettable based on the packages but maybe they have a bigger target in mind? Castillo? It feels like the time to cash in some prospects and/or move Adames.
 

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I almost started this thread today to suggest Adames plus some stud prospects for Castillo. Castillo like Snell is under control through 2023, but he is cheaper and almost certainly better.
 

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It’s the move. Plus the Reds really need a SS.
Yeah, I don't know if Adames is good enough to anchor the deal, but something like this works in the BTV calculator:

Adames
McKay (went to school at Louisville, not so far from Cincy)
Baz
Brujan or Edwards+McClanahan

I am not a McKay believer but that still seems like a more aggressive move than TB likes to make. Castillo is really valuable.
 

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Adames and Lowe and Baz for Castillo and then just play Wander and Brujan from Opening Day would make TB really scary really quickly.
 

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Another deal, probably more likely than getting Castillo, would be Adames + Kiermaier for Sonny Gray. Kiermaier and Gray almost exactly match up on the years/$$ remaining on their contracts.
 

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Adames and Lowe and Baz for Castillo and then just play Wander and Brujan from Opening Day would make TB really scary really quickly.
Seems a near certainty Wander is in minors until at least the summer, no? Feel like a franchise like the Rays would make sure he clears Super 2 deadline, no? I really do hope we get to see him a good amount this year.
 

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Seems a near certainty Wander is in minors until at least the summer, no? Feel like a franchise like the Rays would make sure he clears Super 2 deadline, no? I really do hope we get to see him a good amount this year.
Yeah, unless they sign him to a long-term extension. One can hope.

If Adames gets traded, it’s probably some combo of Wendle and Taylor Walls getting the SS reps until Wander arrives.
 

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Underwhelming. Hope this doesn’t preclude a trade, but maybe helps in negotiations as a signal they’re not relying on the trade.

It does put a nice bow on the deal of the century with the Pirates.
 

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Rich Hill and Colin McHugh signed. 2.5m for Hill, 1.8m for McHugh. The Rays may never have anyone throw more than 5 innings the entire season.