Shocking late night trade:
The deal sending Tommy Pham from the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres is done, sources tell ESPN. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe and middle-infield prospect Xavier Edwards head back to the Rays. Padres will get another minor leaguer.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 6, 2019
#Rays–#Padres deal is not finalized, but is very likely to be completed and announced on Friday. #Rays will get Renfroe, Edwards (who is a big part of the deal) and perhaps another minor-leaguer; Pham and a prospect whose name has not yet come out to San Diego.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 6, 2019
The Rays minor-leaguer in the agreed-upon Tommy Pham trade is middle infielder Jake Cronenworth, sources tell The Athletic. Cronenworth, 25, hit .334/.429/.520 last season at Triple A. He also pitched a little. Interesting two-way prospect.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) December 6, 2019
This trade may feel like an easy one to claim “Rays cheap” as a kneejerk reaction, and salary almost certainly played a factor. However, like most Rays moves, just caulking it up to cheap or tanking or selling or anything that involves a clean and easy answer is often…