Today, the Tampa Bay Rays struck a trade with the Oakland Athletics that will send Trevor Plouffe to the Rays and the A’s will either receive a player to be named or cash, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that the Rays will also acquire addition cash to help cover the remaining $3MM of his $5.25MM 2017 salary. Plouffe is scheduled to become a free agent after this year.
The Rays added Plouffe to the 40-man roster after shifting starter Matt Andriese to the 60-day disabled list.
Now, the former Oakland and Minnesota player has experience in many positions on the diamond, but lately he has just been playing corner infield positions, but if needed, he can play the corner outfield positions as well as just being the designated hitter.
Plouffe is a strikeout machine, but he is a good career hitter against southpaws (.269/.345/.459), which the Rays have had trouble against lefties this year by hitting a team average of .229. Also, Logan Morrison has had a fair year, but he has struggled against lefties and has batted against them with Rickie Weeks being on the disabled list, but Plouffe should easily replace Weeks.
Overall, Trevor Plouffe is an upgrade over Weeks. Plouffe brings versatility and power to the lineup. He has 103 career homers and has belted seven this year that helped resulted in 14 RBIs.