Today, the Rays ended Matt Moore’s tenure in Tampa Bay by shipping him to San Francisco, according to Joel Sherman. Also, according to Henry Schulman, Buster Olney, and Jeff Passan, the Rays will receive Matt Duffy, Lucius Fox, and Michael Santos for Matt Moore.
Now, with Matt Moore exiting Tampa, it is clear that the open rotation spot is going to belong to Alex Cobb. Cobb has been rehabbing and throwing minor league games, plus bullpen sessions to make a return to the show, which he is very close on returning.
In addition to the deal, Matt Duffy is an interesting piece, as it is unclear where the Rays will play him at with Longoria, Forsythe locked down at third and second base. Maybe the Rays could let Duffy play some third to allow Longoria to appear as the team’s designated hitter on days he needs breaks from the field, or move Miller to left field and let Duffy play shortstop, which he is a better defender overall.
Furthermore, Duffy had a great rookie campaign by participating in 149 games and stroking the baseball for a .295 batting average with 12 homers and driving in 77 RBIs, but he has struggled in 2016, as he has been hurt. In 70 games this year, he has hit .253 with 4 homers and 21 RBIs this year. Lastly, he is controllable for another four seasons. He will be contract renewal next year and then three years of arbitration.
Next, the Rays picked up another key arm at the deadline in Michael Santos, who is a 21-year-old right-handed starter. He was the Giants 24th best rated prospect. He has had a good season by earning a 4-2 record in 10 starts, plus to go along with his record, he has posted a 2.91 ERA in 58.2 innings at low Class-A. He has struck out 44 batters. His arsenal includes a 90-94 mph fastball that can potentially hit 95-96 mph consistently. His slider and curveball are really advanced for a young international signing. He also has a developmental changeup that has progressed well. He has a easy delivery that he knows how to replicate every time.
Finally, Lucius Fox is going to join an organization that has plenty of middle infielders, which he will have to work extremely hard to push the others for playing time. Now, Fox was the one of the best international signings a year ago. He is a potential leadoff threat that can steal bases and drive the ball into the gaps. He is a switch-hitter that does not have home run power, but has a beautiful line-drive stroke. He will stick at shortstop. as he has excellent range that comes with a plus arm. He could end up being the new B.J. Upton for the Rays in the future, as Upton was a shortstop, but was moved to center field. He is a quick learner. Lastly, he was the Giants fourth best prospect.