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Rays GM Erik Neander told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday that he does not anticipate a further teardown of the roster.

This offseason the Rays have traded Evan Longoria, Jake Odorizzi, Steven Souza, and Brad Boxberger, and they also designated Corey Dickerson for assignment last weekend, but that may be the end of the subtractions for a while. "Extremely unlikely," said Neander when asked about the possibility of spring training trades involving Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, or Alex Colome. "Our focus at this point is we'd like to add a little bit. We're not looking to pull this thing back." Archer has drawn reported interest from the Cardinals, Phillies, Brewers, and Twins, among others, but the asking price is thought to be sky high on the 29-year-old right-hander, who is due just $6.4 million in 2018 and $7.6 million in 2019 with affordable club options for both 2020 and 2021.
Feb 21 - 1:02 AM

Free agent right-hander Luke Hochevar (shoulder) is still battling symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

Hochevar is hoping to land with a team at some point this spring, but that probably won't happen until he is symptom-free. The 34-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since July 2016 and he didn't pitch anywhere professionally in 2017 while recovering from thoracic outlet surgery. "We don’t know the timetable," Hochevar's agent Scott Boras said Tuesday. "But the doctors say [his shoulder] should come back. We just don’t know when."
Feb 20 - 9:31 PM

Yankees designated OF Jabari Blash for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for infielder Brandon Drury, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-team swap on Tuesday. Blash was traded to the Yankees in December in a deal that sent Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres. The 28-year-old outfielder owns an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 career batting line in 279 plate appearances at the major league level, but he could draw interest on waivers.
Feb 20 - 8:02 PM

Diamondbacks acquired OF Steven Souza from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

Tampa Bay received second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda plus two players to be named later from the Diamondbacks. Brandon Drury is going to New York. Souza had a career year with the Rays in 2017, posting an .810 OPS with 30 home runs in 148 games, and he should maintain a good amount of fantasy value in Arizona, even with a humidor coming to Chase Field. The 28-year-old outfielder is under control through 2020. He'll make $3.55 million in 2018 -- his first year of arbitration.
Feb 20 - 7:58 PM

Yankees acquired INF Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade.

New York is sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks. Arizona will also get outfielder Steven Souza from Tampa Bay. Drury has long been of interest to the Yankees and figures to open the 2018 season as their starting third baseman, allowing prospect Miguel Andujar to get a little more seasoning in the minor leagues. Drury also has a lot of experience at second base and some in the corner outfield. He flashed decent power in Arizona and could carry deep-league fantasy value in the Bronx. The 25-year-old is under control through 2021.
Feb 20 - 7:53 PM

Rays acquired LHP Anthony Banda from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade.

Tampa Bay also got second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees and two players to be named later from Arizona. Banda posted a disappointing 5.96 ERA and 25/10 K/BB ratio over his 25 2/3 major league innings (four starts, four relief appearances) last season, but the 24-year-old left-hander was ranked a top-100 prospect by Baseball America one year ago and he has posted good numbers as a starter in the minor leagues. Banda will presumably compete for an Opening Day rotation spot in Rays camp this spring.
Feb 20 - 7:47 PM

Rays acquired 2B Nick Solak from the Yankees as part of a three-team trade.

Solak, a second-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Tennessee, slashed .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 130 games last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the 23-year-old will report to the major league side of Rays camp and join the competition for the starting second base job.
Feb 20 - 7:43 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP Taylor Widener from the Yankees as part of a three-team trade.

The main headlines of this deal: Steven Souza is heading to the Diamondbacks and Brandon Drury is going to the Yankees. Widener, a 12th-round pick in 2016 out of the University of South Carolina, has registered a promising 2.68 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 188/57 K/BB ratio over his first 157 2/3 professional innings. The 23-year-old right-hander finished the 2017 season in High-A ball.
Feb 20 - 7:38 PM
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