Rays Pull Off Pair of Trades

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Nathan Eovaldi traded to Boston

Earlier today the Rays traded starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to the Red Sox in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks.

Eovaldi is very talented but has had some problems completely putting it together during his major league career and this season he was coming off of a serious injury that caused him to miss all of last season, but so far in 10 games he has a 4.26 ERA, but he has struck out 53 while only walking eight, pairing good control with his electric stuff is a great combination.

This is a solid move for Boston because it obviously gives them another starter to lengthen out their starting rotation after Chris Sale. After Sale they’ve been fairly inconsistent this year with Eduardo Rodriguez being the teams second best starter. This deal will give them another option, which should really help during the playoffs.

For the Rays this gives them a young pitcher that has really struggled in limited MLB action, but has had a solid minor league career and is having a really good year below the MLB this season.

The Rays really like Beeks’ stuff and think he could join the major league team right away and put no stock into his previous major league experiences.

Overall this seems like a nice trade for both teams on the surface.

Matt Andriese traded to Arizona

You might now know who Matt Andriese is, but he is a pretty versatile pitcher that has started a couple of games, but has mostly come out of the bullpen. He’s in the midst of his best major league season and will be under the Diamondbacks’ control until 2022.

In the deal the Rays will be receiving catcher Michael Perez pitcher Brian Shaffer.

Brian Shaffer was the number 23 prospect in the Arizona system, according to MLB Pipeline, before this trade and he is a guy that has a good slider and has pretty good control. He also has pretty good stuff, including some sink to his fastball that can hit 94 MPH. The scouting report on him says he now needs to work on throwing more quality strikes, but at least he has control over his stuff.

Michael Perez is having a pretty nice season at AAA, but he is already 25-years old so who knows how much better he will get.

Overall I probably like this trade better for Arizona, granted we don’t know how the prospects the Rays got back will pan out. The reason I really like this move for Arizona is because they didn’t give up too much and they are getting a versatile reliever that will be under team control for some time to come.

Pairing him with Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger, who are the guys nailing down games for Arizona, makes this a pretty deep bullpen with some different options that can be used in different match-ups.

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