The Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, and Texas Rangers have finalized a massive three-team trade involving around half-a-dozen players, as well as a draft pick and international slot money, per Yahoo’s Jeff Passan.
The Athletics get infielder Jurickson Profar from the Rangers. The Rays get the 38th overall pick in the 2019 draft and righty Emilio Pagan from the A’s and righty Rollie Lacy from the Rangers. Finally, the Rangers receive lefties Kyle Bird and Brock Burke and righty Yoel Espinal from the Rays, while getting infielder Eli White and international slot money from Oakland.
Full trade, sources tell Yahoo Sports:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 21, 2018
Oakland gets: Jurickson Profar
Texas gets: Brock Burke, Eli White, Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal, international $
Tampa Bay gets: 38th pick in 2019 draft, Emilio Pagan, Rollie Lacy
There are seven players involved in the trade, so let’s sort it out one at a time.
Jurickson Profar is one of just player in the trade with major-league experience. Through 352 big-league games, Profar slashed .240/.321./387 over five seasons. His 2018 season was his best one yet. The 25-year old played in 146 games, which set a new season-high for him. He slashed .254/.335/.458 with 77 runs batted in on 133 hits, including 20 home runs. He walked 54 times while striking out 88. He also stole 10 bases, never getting thrown out.
Emilio Pagan is the other player with big-league service. He has a 3.85 earned run average through 89 appearances, all out of the bullpen. In 2018, the 27-year old righty went 3-1 in 55 relief appearances, posting a 4.35 ERA as he allowed 30 runs on 55 hits through 62 innings, surrendering 19 walks and 13 home runs while striking out 63. Pagan was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2013 and made his major-league debut with them in 2017 before being traded along with Alexander Campos to Oakland for Ryon Healy in November of the same year.
Rollie Lacy, 23, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2017 draft before being traded to Texas in the Cole Hamels trade in July, 2018. Between Single-A and High-A with the Cubs and High-A with the Rangers, Lacy’s 2018 stats were headlined by a 2.97 ERA that he earned over 24 appearances, including 18 starts, en route to a 6-4 record. Through 109 innings this past season, he allowed 49 runs on 91 hits, including six homers. He also walked 37 batters while striking out 121.
Kyle Bird is a 25-year old southpaw who has played for the Rays organization since he was drafted by them in the 35th round of the 2014 draft. He appeared in 43 games in 2018 between Double-A and Triple-A, going 3-3 with a 2.39 ERA while allowing 22 runs on 52 hits, including six homers, over 75.1 innings. He also struck out 88 while walking 35.
Brock Burke is 22 years old and, like Bird, he has been with the Rays since he was drafted in 2014. Burke was taken in the 3rd round of the draft out of high school. Between High-A and Double-A last season, the starter posted a 3.08 ERA over 22 starts and three relief appearances en route to a 9-6 record. Over 137.1 innings, he allowed 55 runs on 124 hits while walking 44 and striking out 158.
Yoel Espinal, 26, is coming off his third season in the Rays organization. He was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 2011 but released in 2013, and didn’t return to a major-league organization until 16 months later, when the New York Yankees signed him. However, within seven months, the Rays organization claimed him off waivers. At one point in 2017, Espinal reached Triple-A, but he bounced around between High-A and Double-A in 2018. Through 46 relief appearances in the minors last year, Espinal went 3-4 with a 2.25 ERA allowing 24 runs on 41 hits over 64 innings while striking out 79 batters and walking 32.
The final player involved is infielder Eli White, a 24-year old who was drafted twice (in 2013 by the Cincinnati Reds, when he didn’t sign, and 2015 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he didn’t sign) before he inked a contract on the third try, this time with the Athletics who selected him in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. White spent all of 2018 in Double-A, where he played in 130 games, slashing a solid .306/.388/.450 with 55 runs batted in on 154 hits while walking 62 times and striking out 116. He posted great numbers in 2018 and there’s a decent chance he starts the 2019 season in Triple-A with the Rangers.
Right around the halfway mark of the 2018-19 offseason, we have already seen several trades, including multiple three-team deals. The business of baseball takes crazy twists and turns, and with nearly two months until Spring Training, there is still so much to get done.