MLB: One of these two starters could make it to the Tampa Bay Rays

MLB One of these two starters could make it to

The general manager, Erik Neander, showed the Rays’ commitment to bolstering the roster of defending American League champions by sending right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman, two nearly ready pitching prospects, at the Minnesota Twins by Dominican veteran Nelson Cruz.

That solidified Tampa Bay’s lineup, provided a key bat against the kind of left-handed pitchers who have given the Rays trouble this season and added a presence of highly respected veterans to the clubhouse. Now what?:

It may seem strange that the Rays dealt left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the New York Mets just to chase another starter, but Neander said the Rays will be open-minded if there is a way to improve their rotation. The challenge is finding the right deal for an obvious upgrade over what they have, not just on the current roster, but on the horizon.

Right-hander Chris Archer has been impressive during his minor league rehab assignment. Shane Baz is with Team USA in Tokyo, but could be ready to debut next month. And ace Tyler Glasnow continues to rebound, hoping for a return in September.

Former Rays Charlie Morton would seem like an ideal choice if, and it’s a big yes, the Braves decide to make him available to them. The Rangers’ Kyle Gibson, who has a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts, could also be an intriguing target.

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He certainly looked good holding Tampa Bay to two runs (one earned) on nine hits and two walks in 12 1/3 innings in two starts, both wins, this season. The Rays tend to be creative in getting what they want, so why should we expect something different this time?

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. BA in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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