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Rays trade Matt Andriese to Arizona for two prospects

Matt Andriese worked the first two innings  for the Rays on Wednesday. [AP]
Matt Andriese worked the first two innings for the Rays on Wednesday. [AP]
Published Jul. 25, 2018
Updated Jul. 26, 2018

UPDATE, 9:16: Andriese said he appreciated his time with the Rays. "I'm thankful for the opportunities the Rays gave me to become a well-rounded pitcher,'' he said via text. "And for the friendships I built with my teammates, the coaching staff, clubhouse guys and front office.''

UPDATE, 6:38: The Rays really do like Perez. as he will join them in Baltimore on Thursday and Adam Moore will be DFA'd.

DEVELOPING: The Rays made a second deal on Wednesday, trading RHP Matt Andriese to the Diamondbacks for two prospects – C Michael Perez and RHP Brian Shaffer.

Perez seems like the key to the deal, a 25-year-old with strong defensive tools who is hitting .284 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 58 games for Triple-A Reno. He was a 2011 fifth round pick from San Juan, Puerto Rico who has played parts of eight minor league seasons, hitting .246 with 48 home runs and 285 RBI in 572 games.

Shaffer, 21, is 7-5, 2.70 with 109 strikeouts in 106 2/3 innings for Class A Kane County. He was a 2017 sixth-round  pick from Maryland, where he was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the best amateur player in the country, as a junior.

Andriese was being used in a limited role by the Rays, typically in multi-inning stints as a reliever, after spending much of his career as a starter. In 27 games (four starts) he was 3-4 with a 4.07 ERA.