The Marlins have acquired right-handed reliever Ryne Stanek and minor-league outfielder Jesus Sanchez from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan:
Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson are headed to the Tampa Bay Rays for Ryne Stanek and Jesus Sanchez, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
Stanek, 28, rose to prominence as the Rays’ opener last season, posting a 2.98 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP over 66.1 innings (59 appearances and 29 starts). He hasn’t been quite as sharp in 2019, though, throwing for a 3.40 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 61 strikeouts, and 20 walks over 55.2 innings (41 appearances and 27 starts). He’s currently on the 10-day injured list with right hip soreness.
The 21-year-old Sanchez has had a mostly forgettable minor-league season in 2019, but he was ranked as the No. 4 prospect in a strong Rays system. Between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham this season, he had posted a .263/.323/.389 slash line with nine homers, struggling to a .599 OPS since his promotion to Triple-A.
Richards, 26, has been a nice story, enjoying a solid major-league career after beginning his professional journey in independent ball. He’d recently been moved to Miami’s bullpen, but he’s primarily been a starter at the major-league level and could be a candidate to help replace Blake Snell while he’s recovering from elbow surgery — though it’s very possible that Tampa would have him pitch behind an opener. In 23 games (20 starts) this season, Richards has a 4.50 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 103 strikeouts and 51 walks.
Anderson, a 29-year-old rookie, has been solid out of Miami’s bullpen this year but might be a guy who begins his Rays tenure in Triple-A. Over 45 games (43.2 innings), he has 69 strikeouts and just 16 walks with a 3.92 ERA.