This just in, the Rays have traded ground-balling RHP reliever, Burke Badenhop, to the Brewers for 20 year-old OF, Raul Mondesi Jr. Tampa Bay tendered Burke’s contract just last night, presumably with this move in mind. Badenhop is expected to make $1.6MM following arbitration.
As we mentioned earlier, the Rays were/are in the market for an outfielder. It is unclear whether the Rays view Mondesi as an outfield candidate for 2013, or if he is a prospect that needs to be groomed. In either case, Mondesi posted a .231 BA/.282 OBP/.374 SLG line with five homers and eight steals in 298 plate appearances in Rookie ball this summer. By virtue of Mondesi needing to work on his base running skills, (exemplified by this) I’d imagine that the Rays are still in the market for an outfielder in the short-term.
This move opens the door to questions surrounding whomever may be taking Badenhop’s place in the pen. Will they now re-sign JP Howell? Does this open the door for Cesar Ramos or Brandon Gomes?