ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – After Tyler Glasnow dominated the Marlins on Tuesday evening, the feeling at Tropicana Field was that the Rays could sweep their two-game Citrus Series from Miami and break even on the homestand.

Rays Have Plenty Of Rotation Candidates After Tyler Glasnow Trade

 Tyler Glasnow
Tyler Glasnow (Source: Tampa Bay Rays)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – What has been talked about for several days appears all but finalized with the Rays sending Tyler Glasnow to the Dodgers as the centerpiece in a four-player deal.

The Dodgers would also receive Manuel Margot while the Rays would get 26-year-old righthander Ryan Pepiot and 25-year-old, switch-hitting outfielder Jonny Deluca in return.

It has been reported that the Dodgers have agreed to give Glasnow a five-year, $135-million extension with a club option for 2028. The 30-year-old grew up not too far from Dodger Stadium.

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Glasnow was due $25 million in 2024 and Margot $10 million. The latter is coming off a season in which he hit .264 with a .686 OPS in 99 games.

Beset by injuries since being acquired from Pittsburgh at the 2018 trade deadline, Glasnow appeared ready for 2023. However, an oblique strain sustained in spring training cost him the first two months of the season. Once he made his first start, ironically against the visiting Dodgers on May 27, the righthander was often dominant and achieved career highs in starts (21), innings (120) and wins (10).

Glasnow’s departure, the loss of Shane McClanahan for the season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, the absence of Jeffrey Springs (Tommy John) and Drew Rasmussen (non-TJ elbow procedure) until what is hoped mid-season, still leaves the Rays with plenty of rotation candidates for 2024.

Zach Eflin, Aaron Civale, Zack Littell, Taj Bradley, and Shane Baz, who is expected to be ready for spring training after recovering from Tommy John surgery, could comprise the rotation. The addition of Springs and Rasmussen, neither of whom is likely to pile up the innings upon taking the mound again, could only be a good thing in the season’s second half.

The right-handed Pepiot is also a candidate. He started 10 of 17 appearances over two seasons with Dodgers and went 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.

DeLuca made his MLB last season and hit .262 in 42 at-bats.

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