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Tampa Bay Rays make a trade … sending minor-league C Jonah Heim to Oakland to complete earlier deal

By Marc Topkin
Jonah Heim split 2017 between Class A Bowling Green and advanced Class A Charlotte. [Times file photo]

The Rays made a trade on Tuesday.

No, not one of the much-rumored ones involving closer Alex Colome, or cornerstone 3B Evan Longoria or one of their proven starters in Chris Archer or Jake Odorizzi.

This was a minor deal, actually completing a small trade they made last week at the winter meetings, sending C Jonah Heim, who played last season at Class A, to Oakland in return for INF Joey Wendle.

Heim, 22, was acquired by the Rays in the Aug. 1, 2016, trade of Steve Pearce to Baltimore. The 6-foot-4 switch-hitter finished the 2016 season with advanced Class A Charlotte, hitting .222. He went down to Class A Bowling Green to start the 2017 and spent four months there, hitting .268, then was promoted to join  the Stone Crabs again and hit .218 in 16 games.

Wendle, 27, had been designated for assignment by the A's, having spent part of the last two seasons in the majors, hitting .266 over 36 games. He is a lefty hitter who has played primarily second base though has some versatility and has an option remaining. At Triple-A Nashville, he hit .285 with 29 doubles, eight triples, eight homers and 54 RBI in 118 games.