Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rockies’ Rodriguez a Rays target?
Posted Apr 4, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Apr 4, 2009 at 03:07 PM
PHILADELPHIA—At this point, I would be surprised if the Rays didn’t trade Jason Hammel or Jeff Niemann tomorrow as a way to clear up the final two roster spots, and the rumblings about a potential deal with Colorado keep growing stronger.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports the Rays have been scouting the Rockies heavily and apparently have been keeping a particularly close watch on RHP Aneury Rodriguez, a 21-year-old slated to begin this year at Double-A after going 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 27 High-A starts last year.
That kind of return is about what I would expect for the Rays in this type of deal—someone for organizational depth, as there obviously is no room on the big-league roster right now.
I was wondering if the Rays might go ahead and make a move before Hammel and Niemann pitch in a minor-league camp game tomorrow morning, but apparently the plan is to have both of them get their work in no matter what so they can be stretched out for a start the next time around, wherever they may be. And based on all of the reports out of Colorado, if anyone is going to the Rockies it’s going to be Hammel.
At the very least, we’ll have an answer within the next 24 hours.