Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays' history of trading pitchers

Making their pitch

Since executive VP Andrew Friedman took over after the 2005 season, the Rays have not been shy about trading pitchers, shipping out 26 in various deals. That includes four who were considered solid starters at the time.

RHP Edwin Jackson, to Tigers, Dec. 2008, for OF Matt Joyce

Evaluation: The Tigers got 13 wins and an All-Star season out of Jackson then used him in a deal to get RHP Max Scherzer. The Rays are still waiting for Joyce to become a consistent slugger though he was an All-Star in 2011.

LHP Scott Kazmir, to Angels, Aug. 2009, for INF Sean Rodriguez, LHP Alex Torres, 3B Matt Sweeney

Evaluation: The Angels got only 11 wins out of Kazmir before dumping him in his third season, paying him more than $20 million. Rodriguez has been a valuable Rays contributor over four seasons, Torres blossomed into a key reliever this season, Sweeney is gone.

RHP Matt Garza, to Cubs, Jan. 2011, with OF Fernando Perez, LHP Zachary Rosscup, for RHP Chris Archer, C Robinson Chirinos, OF Sam Fuld, OF Brandon Guyer, SS Hak-Ju Lee

Evaluation: The Cubs got 21 wins over 22/3 seasons from Garza then traded him to the Rangers for less than they gave Tampa Bay. Lee was considered the prize, though a knee injury has set him back, but Archer emerged as a frontline starter, Fuld was a solid reserve for three seasons. Guyer has yet to do much, Chirinos was injured then traded.

RHP James Shields, to Royals, Dec. 2012, with RHP Wade Davis, INF Elliot Johnson, for 3B Patrick Leonard, LHP Mike Montgomery, OF Wil Myers, RHP Jake Odorizzi

Evaluation: The Royals got exactly what they wanted out of Shields, and picked up his option, though Davis struggled and Johnson was let go. Myers delivered, too, winning the AL rookie of the year award. Odorizzi has potential to join the rotation, Montgomery and Leonard are still in the minors.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays' history of trading pitchers 12/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 9:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. AP Top 25: USF stays ahead of UCF, but just barely

    Blogs

    USF remains ahead of UCF in the latest AP Top 25 poll - but just barely.

    Quinton Flowers and USF dropped one spot to No. 17 in the latest rankings.
  2. Lightning Strikes! podcast: Breaking down the Bolts' record start

    Blogs

    In this episode of our Lightning Strikes! podcast, we break down the Lightning's record 7-1-1 start. Why are Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos clicking so well? Why Mikhail Sergachev is likely here …

    Why are Steven Stamkos, pictured, and Nikita Kucherov clicking so well?
  3. My AP Top 25 ballot: UCF moves into the top 15, Michigan falls out

    Blogs

    No major changes in my latest AP Top 25 ballot.

  4. Winston playing, Alexander back as Bucs face Bills

    Blogs

    For the first time since the season opener, the Bucs are fully healthy in the starting lineup on both sides of the ball, with LB Kwon Alexander returning today against the Bills after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

    Bucs LB Kwon Alexander talks with coach Dirk Koetter before Tampa Bay's game against the Patriots. Alexander is back playing Sunday against the Bills after missing four games with a hamstring injury.
  5. Sunday Morning Quarterback, Week 9

    Footballpreps

    Tampa Bay Tech Titans Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass during the first half during the first half at Durant High School in Plant City on Friday, October 20, 2017.