Heath BellIn an odd twist to the 3-team trade that landed the Rays Heath Bell from the Diamondback and Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds, former Rays minor league player of the year Todd Glaesmann has announced his retirement (via Matt Eddy of Baseball America).

While Glaesmann struggled in 2013, he was considered a key acquisition for the Diamondbacks at the time of the trade and it will be interesting to see if the team seeks additional compensation from the Rays.

Before Glaesmann was identified as the player to be named later in the deal, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers called the 23-year-old the “key player” in the trade.

“I would say the player to be named later is someone we value as a prospect…I’d say probably the key player in the deal, with the players from Tampa Bay, will be the player to be named later.”

The Diamondbacks also received low-A reliever Justin Choate from the Rays as well as payroll relief by dumping Bell.

At this point it sure looks like the Rays won the trade before anybody has even played a regular season game.

However, while this may just be a case of crappy luck for the D-backs, it will be interesting to see if they file a grievance with Major League Baseball to see if there was any evidence Glaesmann was thinking about retiring before the deal was made. At this point, MLB would not rescind the deal. But they could potentially step in and ask the Rays to compensate Arizona with either cash or another player.

 
 

8 Comments

  1. Gus says:

    Add to the list of the loony toones and knuckleheads the Rays have taken at the top couple of rounds of the draft in the last several years.

    (Somehwere, Chuck LaMar nods and says: my draft picks look awesome compared to the 2% crew).

    • OriginalTom says:

      Why is he a loony tune? because he retired from baseball? Did he do something to embarrass the tem when he was a player?

      Also, were Lamar’s draft picks really that great? It is much easier to draft when you are in the top 6 every season.

      • Gus says:

        Let’s see what Glaesmann’s situation is — if he’s avoiding a PED suspension or if he grew tired of the game or what. But to retire is unusual at his stage.

        The D-Rays under LaMar had their share of looney toones — Josh Hamilton and Dewon Brazleton come to mind. Baseball players tend to be nutty. But between the Washington State crowd, Guelieri (who had warning signs before we picked him), Beckham and the alarming # of minor leaguers who are too stupid to avoid being tripped up by the MLB drug policies, it is a fair criticism to say they have missed in the draft more than most. (I think in the Top 100 Baseball America prospects that came out last month, the Rays were the only organization that had drafted zero players on the list). After the first round, LaMar drafted far better than these guys, and his draft picks are basically all done now; you look at the present state of the Rays in the minors and the current regime has got some explaining to do.

        • OriginalTom says:

          I just think Lamar’s drafting is overrated. Looking at each draft on BB-REF between 98-05 for Lamar by WAR I got
          98- 27.2
          99- 75.8 (CC 37.7 and Hamilton 26.1)
          00- 49 ( Shields 23.8 and Rocco 10)
          01- 14.4
          02- 48 (21 from Ellsbury who obviously did not sign)
          03- 18.7
          04- 8
          05- 22

          The only impact players for the Rays were Huff, CC, Shields, Rocco, and BJ. After 2003 they did not really draft an impact player although, Delmon Young was a valuable trade chip netting Bartlett and Garza.

          The new regime did quite well at the start getting Longo and Jennings in 06 (54 WAR Total) and Price in 07 although Price was the no brainer #1 pick so I do not know how much credit can be given there.

          They have certainly sputtered since 2008 with only a few player reaching the majors and none making an impact. Of course it is also a little early to be ranking the more recent drafts. Anyway your point the Rays have done poorly in the 2008-2010 drafts has merit but I do not believe Lamar is in a position to gloat.

        • Joe Dunn says:

          Also he took Bobby Seay as a high pick and he sucked

  2. Dave L says:

    Ironically we took him 17 spots after Wil Myers in the 3rd round of 2009. He’s only 23 and was moving up basically 1 level per year in the minors That’s kinda weird to just retire but I guess his heart wasn’t in it.

    Thank fully we got something for him.

  3. Gus is right on the money. The Rays have been known for developing pitching, but the pipeline of pitchers they’ve drafted is virtually empty. And it’s laughable the number of homegrown hitters Andrew has developed in the system. Who’s the latest besides Desmond Jennings??

  4. Gus is right on the money. The Rays have been known for developing pitching, but the pipeline of pitchers they’ve drafted is virtually empty. And it’s laughable the number of homegrown hitters Andrew has developed in the system. Who’s the latest besides Desmond Jennings??

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