How They Were Acquired: The Tampa Bay Rays’ ALDS Roster

The Rays’ path to building a 96-win playoff team is about as unconventional as you can imagine. They aren’t active in free agency, although both of their offseason signings worked out great. They don’t have a lot of homegrown players, but one is a former Cy Young Award winner and another was an All-Star as a rookie in 2019. They’ve filled out nearly 70% of their roster through trades that mostly didn’t include top prospects going elsewhere. While the constant turnover might not help in growing their fan base — they averaged fewer than 15,000 per home game this season — it’s been a recipe for success on the field.

Here’s how every member of the Rays’ 2019 ALDS roster was originally acquired. The team’s full RosterResource Depth Chart and Payroll pages are also available as a resource.

Homegrown (6)

Total WAR: 10.0

Signed in Free Agency (2)

  • Charlie Morton, RP: December 2018 (HOU) — Signed to two-year, $30 million contract ($15 million vesting option in 2021).
  • Avisaíl García, OF: January 2019 (CHW) — Signed to one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Total WAR: 7.9

Acquired Via Trade (17)

Total WAR: 25.9





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JohnnyRingoFWC
2 years ago

This team wins almost every trade. Pretty incredible group considering what they gave up as a whole.

D-Wizmember
2 years ago
Reply to  JohnnyRingoFWC

I think more impressive than that is the guys they picked up for nothing besides money… Morton way outperformed his contract, same for Garcia. Oliver Drake and D’Arnaud are both significant pieces they got for nothing. The stuff on the margins is what allows teams like the Rays and A’s to consistently outperform bigger-spending, but seemingly more careless, teams like the Red Sox, Mets, and (at least until recently) even the Yankees.