Rays trade Mahtook to Tigers for cash/player to be named
Needing to clear space on their 40-man roster, the Rays on Wednesday traded OF Mikie Mahtook to the Tigers for cash or a player to be named later.
Mahtook, a first-round pick in the Rays mostly-disappointing 2011 draft class, played parts of the last two seasons in the majors.
As impressive as Mahtook was during his 2015 debut, he was disappointing last season, struggling and missing time with injuries. Overall, he hit .195 with 3 homers and 11 RBIs over 65 games, making 50 starts between the three positions.
The Rays need to make room on the 40-man roster to add free agent OF Colby Rasmus and RHP Shawn Tolleson, whose free-agent signings should be made official soon. Mahtook's role on the team was diminished with the acquisition of Mallex Smith in trade.