Rays Trade Brandon Guyer
Guyer is arbitration eligible after this season. He got off to a hot start this season, but had a 84 wRC+ (.200/.295/.366) since the middle of May over 167 plate appearances with nearly as many hit by pitches (11) as extra base hits (13).As it were, he and Mikie Mahtook are of similar skillsets and limitations, so the team retains the services of the younger and cheaper Mahtook while getting system depth for Guyer. Desmond Jennings returns off the disabled list today to take Guyer’s spot on the depth chart while Mahtook continues to mend.
According to Hanselman’s work, Guyer has roughly $8M of surplus value left using conservative WAR estimates. The Rays are giving up his final three years of control for two prospects to add to system depth. If either Lukes or Salinas achieves top 100 status at their respective positions, the Rays get that value back and then some, but the odds of that happening are historically not strong.
Lukes has played in A ball all season and was recently promoted to High-A ball by Cleveland and has hit .299/.369/.444 on the season in 416 plate appearances. Salinas turns 21 in September and only began pitching in the states this season after pitching in the Dominican Republic and his native Venezuela in 2015. He has pitched in the Arizona Rookie League with 38 strikeouts in 30 innings.