Rays Widely Expected To Trade Tyler Glasnow
It sure sounds like Tyler Glasnow has pitched his final game for the Tampa Bay Rays. We know how this organization operates. Glasnow is a free agent after the 2024 MLB Season, which means he’s for sale right now.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, (Don’t click the link it’s behind a paywall. I got you on what you need to know) the Rays are “widely expected” to trade Glasnow. Both Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times have basically echoed the exact same thing.
The Rays have an expected payroll of $123 million entering this offseason which would represent a $50 million increase from the season prior. It’s hard to imagine Tampa Bay not cutting that down given what history has taught us about that organization.
Glasnow, 30, has had injury problems in the past. It remains to be seen how much that affects his trade value. If Glasnow was fully healthy all the time, I would imagine his value would skyrocket. The 6-foot-8 made 21 starts this past year which is career-high by a mile. He never had more than 14 in a season previously. It’s hard to sell your soul for Glasnow given the injury question marks. Especially given the fact that he’s a rental.
For whatever it’s worth, Glasnow seemed happy in Tampa Bay. I don’t think this is coming from the player’s side. The organization wants to sell before they lose the player for nothing after the 2024 campaign.
The contract is a pretty high number for Tampa Bay to carry as well. Tampa will pay Glasnow $25 million if he’s not moved in the final year of his deal. Hard to remember a time when the Rays carried any player making that kind of money. Except for the part where you remember that the team actually gave him that extension.
The team could hold onto Glasnow and then hit him with a qualifying offer the following offseason. However, I’m sure the Rays are hoping for a return that’s more than a compensation draft pick.
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