June 25, 2021

Rays add 5 prospects, DFA Matt Duffy to finalize 40-man roster (D Rays Bay)

The 8 p.m. ET deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in advance of December’s Rule 5 draft has passed, and the Rays were busy, adding catcher Ronaldo Hernandez and infielders Vidal Brujan, Jake Cronenworth, Lucius Fox, and Kevin Padlo to the roster.

To make room on the roster, the Rays traded right-handed pitcher Jose De Leon to the Reds for a player to be named later and cash considerations. He was once ranked the No. 23 player in baseball, but injuries — and Tommy John surgery — limited him to 6 23 innings with the Rays in his three years in the organization.

They also designated infielder Matt Duffy for assignment. Duffy was acquired from San Francisco in the Matt Moore trade, but like De Leon, injuries often limited him. He missed the entire 2017 season due to an Achilles injury and much of 2019 due to a hamstring injury. In 809 plate appearances with the Rays, he batted .284/.351/.357, good for a 97 OPS+.

Additionally, they traded minor league left-handed pitcher Cristopher Sanchez to the Phillies for minor league infielder Curtis Mead. Sanchez, 22, had a breakout season with improved velocity, striking out 73 in 75 23 innings. The Phillies signed Mead…

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