With traded prospect Fox injured, Rays may seek more from Giants
SS Lucius Fox, the highly rated prospect acquired from the Giants in the Matt Moore trade, came over as unexpectedly damaged goods with a foot injury and the Rays may seek additional compensation.
Fox, 19, had a bruised left foot as the result of fouling a ball off it a week or so before the trade was announced Monday, and had been playing through it, which the Rays were not made aware of.
The injury, which sounds like a bone bruise, is not overly serious, though it is expected to keep Fox sidelined 4-6 weeks and thus from playing again before the minor-league season ends,. That would mean he would not make his Rays debut until the fall instructional league, missing development time.
The Rays would have to work through MLB to get awarded additional compensation from the Giants.
Giants GM Bobby Evans told the San Jose Mercury News he was expecting to talk with Rays officials on Saturday. "Fox had been playing every day, but I'll just have to wait to talk with them until I can comment,'' Evans said.
All three players the Rays got for Moore were injured, though they knew big-league infielder Matt Duffy and minor-league pitcher Michael Santos were on the DL. They have no plans to send Fox back.
Fox, who received a $6-million signing bonus in July 2015, was hitting .207 with two homers, 16 RBIs and 25 stolen bases at Class A Augusta before the trade. He last played July 30.