Rays Deal Organizations Minor League Pitcher Of Year To Rangers
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired right handed reliever Emilio Pagan from the Oakland Athletics as part of a three team trade with Oakland and the Texas Rangers.
In the deal the Rays also acquire right handed minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and the 38th pick in the June 2019 draft from the Rangers.
Texas sent Oakland infielder Jurickson Profar to complete the deal.
Pagan, 27, a right handed reliever spent the 2018 season with the Oakland Athletics appearing in 55 games spanning 62 innings of work. He pitched to a 3-1 mark with a 4.35 ERA while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8 batters per nine. Originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round in 2013. After appearing in 34 games with Seattle in 2017 he was traded to Oakland as part of the Ryon Healy deal. He is under team control for five seasons and is not eligible for arbitration until the 2021 season.
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Rollie Lacy, 23, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round in 2017. Last season he opened the year with the Cubs South Bend Class-A affiliate before being promoted to the High-A Myrtle Beach club. He was then sent to the Texas Rangers in the trade sending Cole Hamels to the Cubs.
The 38th pick in the draft had a pool value of $1.88M in 2018 and Tampa Bay now holds four or the top 61 picks in next June’s draft.
Left handed pitcher Brock Burke, 22, was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 3rd round in 2014 out of Evergreen High School in Evergreen Colorado. He split the 2018 season between the Charlotte Stone Crabs (High-A) and the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. Overall, he appeared in 25 games (22 starts) pitching to a 9-6 mark with a 3.06 ERA. He was named the Rays minor league pitcher of the year.
Left handed pitcher Kyle Bird, 25, was selected by Tampa Bay in the 35th round of the 2014 draft out of Flagler College in St. Augustine Florida. In 2018 he appeared in 43 games between the Montgomery Biscuits and the Durham Bulls (Triple-A). Overall, he pitched to a 3-3 mark with a 2.39 ERA.
Right handed pitcher Yoel Espinal, 26, was signed by the Detroit Tigers out of the Dominican Republic in 2012. His time with the Tiger organization was brief as he was released in May of 2013. He signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees organization where he pitched through the 2015 season. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft at the 2015 Winter Meetings. He spent the 2018 season between the Stone Crabs and the Biscuits appearing in 46 games. Overall, he pitched to a 3-4 mark with a 2.25 ERA while striking out 11.1 batters per nine while walking 4.8 batters per nine.
Both Burke and Bird were on Tampa Bays 40-man roster, Emilio Pagan will need to be added. These moves will bring the Rays 40-man roster to 39 with the last spot expected to be for Charlie Morton once the deal is made official.