Thanks For Your Service

Maury Brown gives us the complete list of players that became free agents in baseball today now that the 2010 season is officially over.

The Rays say goodbye to the following players, at least for now:

  • Rocco Baldelli
  • Grant Balfour
  • Joaquin Benoit
  • Randy Choate
  • Carl Crawford
  • Brad Hawpe
  • Gabe Kapler
  • Carlos Pena
  • Chad Qualls
  • Rafael Soriano

Dan Wheeler has a team option that the club will likely not pick up thus making him a free agent in hopes of bringing him back at a lower rate. Wheeler is a Type A free agent meaning a club would have to surrender their 1st round draft pick in order to sign Wheeler and no sane team will do that giving the Rays most of the leverage. I expect the club to make a strong effort to get one of Balfour or Benoit back but I don’t expect any of the other players to be retained. I wish them the best of luck in the next stage of their career and thank them for their service in a Rays uniform.

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2 Responses to Thanks For Your Service

  1. Rick says:

    Crawford and Soriano will bring the Rays some compensation picks, some first round, from what I understand.

    Is this any consolation? Do these picks really help the Rays in the short/medium timeframe? Can the picks be used in trades for established players?

  2. Jason Collette says:

    Due to the dumb MLB rules, draft picks cannot be traded. As long as Crawford doesn’t go to a team like the Angels, the Rays will get 2 1st rounders for him and Soriano and could get some sandwich round picks if Pena or Hawpe is picked up.

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