The Rays have officially announced a trade that FOX 13 Sports earlier reported.
Tampa Bay sends left-handed pitcher Alex Torres and minor league prospect right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn to the San Diego Padres for infielder Logan Forsythe, right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger, and three minor league prospects: pitchers Matt Andriese and Matt Lollis, along with Maxx Tissenbaum.
"What we are trying to do is to put together the best 25 and 40-man club possible that can compete this year, with also an eye toward the future," Rays president Matt Silverman told FOX 13. "Sometimes we make transactions where we trade from depth and address other issues. Other times you'll find out over the course of years why we do things. That's what we have to do."
The Rays are giving up great potential in Torres. In 2013, the 23-year-old was 4-2 with 63 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Foresythe, 27, hit .214 in 75 games with the Padres in 2013 while battling plantar fasciitis. The year prior, he set career highs in nearly every offensive category, including games played (91), batting average (.273), hits (86), doubles (13), RBI (26), runs scored (45), on-base percentage (.343), and walks (28).
Like Ben Zobrist, he can play multiple positions. He played in five different spots with the Padres. He's an upgrade to Ryan Roberts with fewer strikeouts.
Boxberger, 25, compiled a 2.86 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 18 appearances during five stints with the Padres after making his first Opening Day roster in 2013.
FOX 13 Sports has also learned that, despite signing a $14-million one-year contract last week, David Price could still be traded before spring training. With the Yankees landing Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for a seven-year, $155-million contract, losing teams will step up to the plate to try and swing a deal for Price.
Sources have told us that if there's a deal that's going to be made, it will come within a week.
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