Here is a stat for you to savor: Only two players had 60 extra-base hits and 40 stolen bases last year. Can you name them? Try Carl Crawford and BJ Upton.
That tidbit comes to us from Ken Rosenthal, who also notes that the Rays are not in a hurry to trade Upton or Matt Garza, but that both could be moved at next year’s trading deadline, or next winter…
The Rays, sources say, might be more likely to move [Upton] in July or even next offseason, when he is one year from free agency.
Likewise, the Rays will be reluctant to trade right-hander Matt Garza or another member of their rotation until some of their top pitching prospects are closer to the majors.
We have heard several Rays bloggers say the Rays WILL trade a starting pitcher this winter. But we repeat: Trading a starting pitcher is just not the Rays style, unless somebody just blows them away with an offer.
All of this could make next year’s trading deadline very exciting. Unlike 2008 and 2010, the Rays could be sellers. And the trading deadline is always a seller’s market. Which is why the Rays didn’t make deals in 2008 and 2010. But it could mean the Rays will find great value by waiting to trade Upton and Garza (or James Shields).