In 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.