Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays Tales: Checking on status of former Rays

With the season more than 60 games old, there has been enough time to assess the players the Rays brought in during the winter. Steve Pearce, for example, has been good. Logan Morrison, impressive after a cool start. Corey Dickerson, hit or miss. Brad Miller, same, in a different way. Hank Conger, still some issues. Danny Farquhar, in the minors. But what about the players the Rays got rid of? Here is a quick rundown on where the bigger names are and how they're doing (stats through Friday):

SS Asdrubal Cabrera

Departure: Left as a free agent, signed 2-year, $18.5 million deal with Mets

Stats: .262-5-19-.711 OPS in 60 games for Mets

Details: Has .987 fielding percentage (three errors in 228 chances), third best in NL. Had a 15-game on-base streak.

OF Tyler Goeddel

Departure: Selected by Phillies in Rule 5 draft

Stats: .240-3-11-.667 in 43 games for Phillies

Details: Ranks among NL rookie leaders in hits (28) and extra-base hits (28). Had a walkoff throw to the plate to seal win over Reds, one of three assists.

DH John Jaso

Departure: Left as a free agent, signed two-year, $8 million deal with Pirates

Stats: .298-3-19-.792 in 53 games for Pirates

Details: Has handled move to 1B well, making only three errors with a .992 fielding percentage. Hit safely in 32 of past 42 starts.

RHP Nathan Karns

Departure: Traded to Seattle with LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and OF Boog Powell for Miller, Morrison, Farquhar

Stats: 5-2, 4.09 in 12 starts for Mariners

Details: Went 5-0, 3.08 during a nine-game run from April 15-May 30 with Mariners winning eight. Has 67 Ks in 66 innings. Will face Rays this week.

1B James Loney

Departure: Released at end of spring training, Rays paying his $8 million salary, signed minor-league deal with Padres

Stats: .250-1-3-.653 in 10 games for Mets

Details: Acquired by Mets to replace injured Lucas Duda after hitting .342-2-28-.797 for Padres Triple-A team. Hit 100th career homer on June 3.

LHP Jake McGee

Departure: Traded to Colorado with RHP German Marquez for Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo

Stats: 0-2, 4.98 ERA, 15 saves in 24 games for Rockies

Details: Has converted 15 of 18 saves. Allowed runs in only five of 24 games. Currently on 15-day DL with left knee inflammation.

OF Joey Rickard

Departure: Selected by Orioles in Rule 5 draft

Stats: .242-4-11-.643 in 57 games for Orioles

Details: Ranks sixth among all rookies in average, hits (45) and runs (24). Has hits in 31 games.

C Rene Rivera

Departure: Released at end of spring training, signed minor-league deal with Mets

Stats: .156-2-7-.544 in 15 games for Mets

Details: Called up April 26 when starter Travis D'Arnaud was injured. Mets pitchers have 2.14 ERA/.213 opponents average with him catching. Has thrown out 6 of 19 basestealers, 32 percent.

RHP Kirby Yates

Departure: DFA'd, then traded to Indians for cash

Stats: 2-0, 3.52 ERA in 24 games for Yankees

Details: Was DFA'd again and traded in January to Yankees, where he has found a home in low-leverage work. Has 26 strikeouts in 23 innings.

Also let go …

C J.P. Arencibia: Hitting .183-1-2-.443 with Rays Durham team; signed first with Phillies Triple A, re-joined Durham in May.

LHP Jeff Beliveau: 0-0, 4.50 in 9 games for Orioles Class A team, rehabbing shoulder

OF Joey Butler: Hitting .216-3-21-.597 for Indians Triple-A team

RHP David Carpenter: 1-1, 6.94 for Angels Triple-A team

INF Jake Elmore: Hitting .327-1-17-.826 for Brewers Triple-A team

RHP Brandon Gomes: 1-2-1, 3.97 for Cubs Triple-A team

RHP German Marquez: 4-4, 3.05 for Rockies Double-A team

OF Daniel Nava: On Angels DL, hit .222-1-7 in 17 games

OF Boog Powell: Hitting .269-2-22-.676 for Mariners Triple-A team

LHP C.J. Riefenhauser: 0-1, 7.30 for Cubs Triple-A team; was traded to Mariners then Orioles then claimed by Cubs

OF Grady Sizemore: Not active

Short stops

Joe Maddon will make his 2017 return to the Trop with his Chicago Cubs on Sept. 19-20, per the initial draft of the 2017 schedule, with the Reds, Brewers and Marlins also coming in. The Rays visit the Cards, Pirates, Marlins and Cubs (July 4-5). They open at home with the Yankees.

• So if the Rays, like the D'backs, did a "Legends" race — rather than the inane Pepsi bottles — who would be represented (with active players not eligible)? How about some combination of Rocco Baldelli, Wade Boggs, Fred McGriff, Carlos Peña and Don Zimmer? Eventually Carl Crawford. And, maybe someday, Maddon.

Rays rumblings

Ex-Ray Aubrey Huff is finishing up what sounds like an interesting book, Invincible, that details not only his baseball career but his battles with anxiety, depression and addiction. … Andy Freed and Dave Wills ranked only 11th among the 30 radio broadcast teams in's crowdsourced poll, which sounds like they asked the wrong people. … Even by conservative estimates, the projected Super 2 arbitration cutoff has passed, meaning a promotion of top LHP prospect Blake Snell — who had a career-best 13 Ks on Friday — now is just a baseball decision. And there is that June 25 doubleheader in Baltimore. … 3B Evan Longoria on Thursday passes OF Carl Crawford's eight years and 72 days as the most service time of any player with the Rays. … So Desmond Jennings was willing to talk after Monday's game with Fox Sports Sun, which employs Brian Anderson, who was most critical of him, but not with the Times or other reporters in the clubhouse, including … The Rays get a break this week in hosting the Mariners and Giants without having to face aces Felix Hernandez nor Madison Bumgarner. … Pretty good moment in Mitchell High history for alums Tyler Clippard and Ryan Garton to share a field in Arizona last week. … Did Braves rep Ryan Klesko really call the team the Devil Rays during Thursday's draft?

Got a minute? Mikie Mahtook

Best meal you can make? I'm a chef, okay, so I cook a lot. My favorite meal that I cook is almond-crusted baked chicken, pepper and onion quinoa and grilled asparagus. It's good stuff.

Band/singer you'd like to be on stage with? Any country band, let's go with Chris Stapleton.

Dream vacation spot? Somewhere exotic like Bora Bora.

Movie you quote the most? Dumb and Dumber, and Step Brothers.

Celebrity crush? Can I get two? Jessica Biel and Olivia Wilde.

Marc Topkin can be reached at [email protected] Follow @ TBTimes_Rays.

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