Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rays' Snell reached out to Edwards after calling him 'slapdick prospect'

Rays' Snell reached out to Edwards after calling him 'slapdick prospect'

General Manager A.J. Preller continued to remake the San Diego Padres' outfield, and also added an intriguing double-sided player. In exchange for Pham, the Padres will send outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infield prospect Xavier Edwards to Tampa Bay, according to a report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The deal is expected to be made official once the physicals have been completed.

Pham hit.273 with a.369 on-base percentage, 21 home runs and 68 RBIs a year ago. But it might be necessary for a Rays team that always has to be budget-conscious since Pham could earn a big raise in arbitration. The teams also exchanged prospects who will both have a chance to make an impact in the majors, although the Rays got the prospect with more upside.

Edwards, 20, was the Padres' fifth-ranked prospect after they took him in the first round (38th overall) in 2018. The 28-year-old slugger managed to hit 33 home runs and drove in 64 runs while hitting.216.

The 25-year-old Cronenworth was drafted by Tampa Bay in the seventh round in 2015, serving as an infielder and relief pitcher. Cronenworth also pitched in seven games, six of them as an opener, and finished the year with a 0.00 ERA, though he walked eight in 7⅓ innings. He will likely take over for Renfroe in right field.

Cronenworth had a very good year at the plate in 2019. The Parents selected Edwards 38 overall in 2018 from a high school in South Florida.

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The trade has not been confirmed by the team.

Pham will also add a fiery on-field persona, which should come in handy in games vs. the NL West-rival Dodgers and Giants.

Despite the Rays being in a win-now period, they can't turn down the chance to churn the roster with younger players (cost is a factor here) and years of control.

When a prospect of the ilk of Xavier Edwards is offered in a trade, the Rays have to think long and hard about passing up. He hit.301 with a.716 OPS and had five doubles in 46 games at that level.

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