Monday was the Major League non-tender deadline, at which time teams have to decide which of their arbitration eligible and pre-arb players they will offer a contract to. The Rays non-tendered Guillermo Heredia, making him a free agent, and leaving them with 39 spots filled on their 40-man roster.
They probably need to sign an outfielder, so it’s not quite right to say that they have room to pick up a new player, but, in the procedural sense they do have room. Jim already went over some of the more well-known names, pointing out Blake Trenien as the best get of the bunch.
I’ve got a few other, more under the radar relievers to add to the list of potential adds, most of whom should be available at a low cost both in money and years. Think of this as the search for the next Oliver Drake — a pitcher who hadn’t been able to stick anywhere, until he came to Tampa Bay, improved his game, and ended up working high leverage in the playoffs.
My favorite of the bunch is Wei-Cheih Huang, a right-handed reliever non-tendered by the Rangers, who has only pitched 5.2 innings in the majors, and who struggled with walks last season in Triple-A.
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