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Rays acquire Ryan Roberts from Diamondbacks

Jul 24, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

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Ryan Roberts was told that the move to designate him for assignment this afternoon was a prelude to a trade, and the deal got done tonight, as the versatile veteran is on his way to Tampa Bay in exchange for minor league infielder Tyler Bortnick.

The Rays were looking for inexpensive infield help and got it here, as Roberts is due a bit less than $900,000 over the rest of the year. He’ll likely see plenty of action at third base until Evan Longoria returns before sliding into more of a utility role.

It will be interesting to see who gets dropped to make room for Roberts. Brooks Conrad is still the likely choice, but he hit a big two-run homer to help the Rays beat the Orioles 3-1 on Tuesday. Hideki Matsui has yet to contribute much of anything as an outfielder/designated hitter, so the Rays could drop him instead.

Bortnick, 25, was hitting .253/.352/.385 with four homers and 23 steals in 348 at-bats for Double-A Montgomery this season. He’s a long shot to make it as a utilityman in the majors. Mostly, the Diamondbacks were just happy to save some money here.

  1. matt20hew - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      Anyone who uses the comments section to shill for their own, unoriginal, blog should be immediately banned from this site.

      • dwrek5 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:43 AM

        Dude, its an automatic (mandatory) function of wordpress. We’ve been over this…

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

        That is correct, if someone with a wordpress blog links to another wordpress blog, the “reblogged” thing appears.

        I assume that (besides advertising), wordpress assumes that because it is another opinion on the same topic, readers may be interested.

  2. raysfan1 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Please, oh please, let it be Matsui who goes.

  3. kpow55 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    A d-backs post all star salary dump / fire sale….. That’s about as rare as a big woman at the dairy queen

    • kpow55 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:12 AM

      a lot of love for sub-par teams and fat women…. to each their own

    • paperlions - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Dumping a player that is among the worst in the majors does is now the start of a fire sale?

      • kpow55 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        It is a “salary dump” of a fan favorite though …. shopping Upton is a failed attempt at a fire sale. Motivation or not.

  4. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    The Tampa Bay DFA’s making their big deadline deal. “Not good enough to make your shitty ballclub? He can start for us!”


    Friedman, do you really think ANOTHER shitty infielder will get this team anywhere? What a waste of a million dollars!!! Drew Sutton, Brooks Conrad, Sean Rodriguez, Reid Brignac, Elliot Johnson, Brandon Allen, and now Ryan Roberts. That is a lot of shitty infielders!

    You release Justin Ruggiano. Now he’s batting cleanup for the Marlins. You trade John Jaso, 4th in ROY voting 2 years ago, to the Mariners for a rapist mid reliever. Jaso has an .850 OPS this year as a catcher. Meanwhile, Theo trades a shitty mid reliever for Anthony Rizzo in the off season, but only after Friedman let the Reds make a move with the Padres that would have singlehandedly answered every problem this team has.

    This better not be the end of Friedman’s dealing.

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