Rays Acquire CF Jose Siri, DFA Brett Phillips

Rays Acquire CF Jose Siri, DFA Brett Phillips

Published August 2, 2022
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The Rays, Astros, and Orioles matched up on a big three-team trade. Rays contributed two prospects working towards their goal of consolidating their upcoming roster crunch, added somebody new to their 40 man and made a big move to open that space in saying goodbye (for now) to Brett Phillips.

RHP Seth Johnson is the top prospect the Rays gave up, ranked number 9 on Baseball America’s mid-season Rays ranking. Johnson is a very talented pitcher who performed very well throughout his time in the Rays system. However, this year in Bowling Green (Single-A Advanced) Johnson had forearm inflammation and will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery. This puts Johnson in a very precarious place developmentally and especially tricky for any contending team like the Rays.

For 2023, Seth Johnson will be needed to add to the 40-man roster, but will miss most if not all of the 2023 season. He will be 25 years old when he next is able to pitch in a pro game, and will have yet to pitch above the Class-A advanced level. For the Rays they would have to either keep him on the 40-man roster spot for the other year (and then several more as he develops) or put him on the 60-Day IL starting his service time clock. This certainly played a role in limiting his trade value from where it would be had he not been hurt.

Jose Siri is a defensive wizard in center field, racking up 8 Defensive Runs Saved and 7 Outs Above Average (97th percentile in OOA). In terms of defenders, Siri is one of the very best in the entire sport. On Baseball Savant there is a stat measuring success rate in terms of defensive plays vs estimated success rate, and comparing the difference. Siri is currently tied with 7% Success Rate Added, tied for most in all of baseball with Jonathan Schoop and Brett Phillips (ironically).