Tampa Bay Rays Shopping Utility Player After Career-Best Season

The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly exploring trade options for their designated hitter, Harold Ramirez.

Ramirez, aged 29, is under club control for two more years and is projected to earn $4.4 million in arbitration next season.

Last season, he was a key figure in the Rays' lineup, boasting a .313 batting average with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs over 122 appearances.

His performance contributed significantly to the Rays' success, as they notched 99 wins​.

The Rays have been known for their strategic player management and cost-effective trades.

Their approach often involves balancing their roster by trading away certain players to strengthen other areas, such as pitching.

In the past, they have executed various types of trades, including dealing top prospects, mid-level relievers, and proven big-leaguers.

This flexibility in trading tactics has been a hallmark of their strategy.

The current speculation about trading Ramirez aligns with this approach, as it could potentially open more opportunities for younger players like Jonathan Aranda and Curtis Mead​.

Harold Ramirez's value as a trade asset is bolstered by his performance.

Despite some defensive limitations, he has consistently hit for a high average at every level, with a .289 major league average over nearly 1,700 plate appearances.

While some critique his lack of power and defensive prowess, his batting consistency is seen as a valuable asset.

His performance against left-handed pitchers is particularly notable, with significant splits favoring his performance in these matchups.

This specialization might make him an ideal candidate for a designated hitter role against left-handed pitching on a team looking to strengthen their batting lineup​. 
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