Rays Tender Seven; Cut Fuld, Wright | The Process Report

Rays Tender Seven; Cut Fuld, Wright

The Rays have tendered contracts to seven of the nine players eligible for arbitration. David Price, Sean Rodriguez, Matt Joyce, Jose Lobaton, Cesar Ramos, Jake McGee and Jeremy Hellickson were retained. Sam Fuld and Wesley Wright were non-tendered and are now free agents.

Most of these decisions were easy to make, so let’s focus on the tougher ones.

Fuld looked like a throw-in player in the Matt Garza trade. However, if you squinted, you could see a valuable role player. Though he hit just .230/.301/.326 in his three seasons with the Rays, he made numerous contributions in the field and on the bases. Those assets are still his calling card and what make him attractive to suitors this winter. Brandon Guyer would appear to be the big winner here, but the Rays could petition for a fourth option due to injury and look to add depth from the outside to augment the roster.

Acquired off waivers in August, Wright is a solid left-handed reliever. Unfortunately, he was – at minimum – the third best lefty in the Rays’ pen behind McGee and Alex Torres while commanding a seven-figure salary. In the end, club chose the cheaper, more flexible Ramos as the third southpaw with the newly added to the 40-man roster, C.J. Riefenhauser, close to being ready for the show.

Six weeks ago you may have been able to make a case for non-tendering Sean Rodriguez. But the market said otherwise. In the last few days we have seen older, less talented backups fetch multi-year and multi-million deals on the open market. This made Rodriguez, projected to make around $1.5 million, an easy decision and perhaps a valuable chip in case the club decides to make him available in trade talks.

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