Tampa Bay Rays make another small deal, acquiring INF Ryan Schimpf

Ryan Schimpf played at the Trop for the Padres in 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC / Tampa Bay Times]
Ryan Schimpf played at the Trop for the Padres in 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC / Tampa Bay Times]
Published December 12 2017
Updated December 12 2017

The Rays made another small move to add infield depth on Tuesday, acquiring Ryan Schimpf from the Padres for minor league infielder Deion Tansel.

Schimpf, 29, has played parts of the last two seasons in the majors, posting just a .195 average but with some interesting power numbers as 58 of his 86 hits (67.4 percent) have gone for extra bases, including 34 home runs. He also has struck out 175 times in 527 plate appearances.

Schimpf, a lefty hitter, was the Padres opening day third baseman last season but was sent to Triple-A on June 9 and remained in the minors. He has played second and third in the majors, and has corner outfield experience in the minors. He has a minor-league option.

His 12.97 AB/HR ratio over the last two seasons ranks sixth in the majors and third in the NL, (minimum 500 plate appearances), behind former Marlin Giancarlo Stanton (11.74) and the Dodgers Cody Bellinger (12.31).

Schimpf is the second infielder the Rays have acquired in two days, adding Joey Wendle on Monday, and third in the last two weeks as they had previously claimed Micah Johnson on waivers.

That accumulation of depth comes at a curious time as the Rays are said to be considering trading several veterans, including 3B Evan Longoria, SS Adeiny Hechavarria and 2B Brad Miller.

To get Schimpf, the Rays gave up Tansel, a 2016 32nd-round pick who played last season for short-season Class A Hudson Valley and has hit .280 over two pro seasons.

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