The Rays appear to have “created some traction” in trade talks for Marlins infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Miami is expected to deal Hechavarria within the next 24-48 hours.
Perception of some involved in Adeiny Hechevarria talks is that the Rays have created some traction. MIA looking to dump the $4.35m contract— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 23, 2017
Tampa Bay was listed in previous reports as one of the strongest suitors for Hechavarria, along with the Orioles and Cardinals. The Rays currently have some depth at shortstop, with Tim Beckham playing well and Matt Duffy on the disabled list, but still appear to be the favorite to add the defensively gifted Marlin at this point.
The Rays have been playing Daniel Robertson at second base in the wake of Brad Miller’s groin injury, but could look to shift Beckham to second and play Hechavarria at shortstop if a deal is completed. The club has an abundance of infield options, strengthened by the recent trade pickups of Taylor Featherston and Trevor Plouffe.
Hechavarria is owed $4.35 million this season and is under club control for next year, meaning any team that acquires him will likely have to give up a mid-level prospect. No names have surfaced in regard to what Tampa Bay could be offering.