SAN DIEGO — The Rays’ deal to send Tommy Pham to the Padres is finally, formally official.
The swap was part of a five-player deal agreed to on Thursday night and announced Friday. But the Padres had some concerns about the status of Pham’s right elbow, which was an issue toward the end of the season and for which he was undergoing treatment.
As a result, general manager A.J. Preller on Monday said the deal was not yet formally official as they had "a few final questions” about the condition of Pham’s elbow and their medical team was still reviewing reports of a weekend exam by a specialist.
“When we made the deal with the Rays we put a couple different contingencies in,” Preller said Monday. “We’re still working through some final details but hope to have some clarity on that within the next 24 hours or so.''
That was news to the Rays, as general manager Erik Neander had said the deal was very much done. “It’s final,” Neander said Monday. “I don’t have any reason to believe that it wouldn’t be."
The deal will go through as is, with the Rays sending Pham and prospect Jake Cronenworth to San Diego for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, prospect Xavier Edwards and a player to be named, who could be revealed after the Rule 5 draft on Thursday.