On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays traded third baseman and franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo, and two pitching prospects. Money also changed hands, as it is wont to do. Having shipped their sacred cow out west, it's worth wondering if the Rays will opt for a bigger tear-down. Whether or not general manager Erik Neander decides that's the play is to be seen. Nonetheless, we decided to provide an overview of the Rays' marketable players below: The player most likely to go is closer Alex Colome. The soon-to-turn 29-year-old has spent the past two seasons closing out games, compiling 84 saves to go with his 2.63 ERA and 3.39 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Racking up saves is the only way for a reliever to get paid through the arbitration process, meaning Colome is well positioned as he enters his first winter of eligibility. Given he's already been tied to the Cardinals in the past, they would seem to be the top suitor. Two other pitchers who could be on the move: Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi. Archer is coming off his second All-Star season, during which he managed the best strikeout-to-walk ratio of his career. He's signed to a team-friendly deal, one that will pay him less than $35 million through 2021, even if his two club options are exercised. Odorizzi isn't as good as Archer, and is scheduled to become a free agent after 2019. But Odorizzi has shown he's a capable mid-rotation starter, albeit one who is prone to the long ball.
Buyer's guide to a potential Rays sell-off following Longoria trade
CBS Sports | Dec 21