There's Your First WHOA Trade of the Day: Cardinals Send Tommy Pham to the Rays (UPDATE)

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There’s Your First WHOA Trade of the Day: Cardinals Send Tommy Pham to the Rays (UPDATE)

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Wow. Or whoa. Whichever you prefer.

Wow. Or whoa.

So, Tommy Pham broke out as an MVP-caliber performer last year for the Cardinals, but did so amid a lot of discord with the organization’s higher ups, and at age 29. Now 30, Pham hasn’t come close to repeating his success of last year (he’s hitting just .248/.331/.399, with a 101 wRC+). He’s cost-controlled, hitting arbitration for the first time next year, so that was undoubtedly very attractive to the Rays.

As for the Cardinals, they’ve clearly (and rightly) announced themselves as sellers, as they’re picking up prospects in the deal:

That’s a deep cut right there, because I do not recognize those names – Williams is the Rays’ 14th ranked prospect at MLB.com, Cabrera is 25, and Ramirez is not ranked.

UPDATE: As I kinda wondered, part of this deal was about the Cardinals just dumping Pham, whom you may recall was not shy in his criticism of the organization earlier this year:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.