D-backs Reportedly Open To Trading Robbie Ray
With one year to go before arriving at free organization, left-hander Robbie Ray stands apart as a genuinely evident exchange applicant, and Jayson Stark of The Athletic tweets that different clubs feel that the Diamondbacks are in reality more open to exchanging Ray than they have been previously. They report demonstrates the club would lean toward controllable contributing a hypothetical return for Ray (however without a doubt there’s no lack of bats that’d interest GM Mike Hazen and his staff).
There’s bounty to like about Ray yet additionally some reason for concern. From one perspective, he just barely turned 28 years old and has plainly settled himself as one of MLB’s head strikeout specialists. Beam’s 30.8 percent strikeout rate since the beginning of 2016 positions fourth among all starters, trailing just Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and Justin Verlander. Over that equivalent range, the 70.8 percent adversaries’ contact rate against Ray is the fourth-most minimal in the Majors, with just Scherzer, Blake Snell and Luis Castillo in front of him. He demonstrated his upside with a prevailing 2017 season that saw him make the National League All-Star group and finish seventh in Cy Young democratic in the wake of scoring a 2.89 ERA with an association driving 12.1 K/9 imprint.
Then again, Ray’s 2019 season wasn’t actually a high point. He tied a vocation high with 174 1/3 innings yet in addition pitched to a 4.34 ERA with a 4.29 FIP and 4.02 SIERA. Control has consistently been an issue for Ray, and it’s just intensified in the course of the last two seasons, during which time he’s strolled 12.1 percent of the hitters he’s confronted. Beam’s fastball found the middle value of 95.3 mph in 2016 and 94.2 mph from 2017- 18, however his mean radiator was down to 92.7 mph in 2019. He’s missed time in every one of the previous three seasons, albeit none of his wounds have been arm-related. He was sidelined by a blackout in 2017, missed a month and a half because of a slanted strain in 2018 and had a brief 10- day IL stretch in 2019 due to back fits.
Beam’s strikeout capacities are the kind of thing whereupon clubs dream, nonetheless, and the general absence of unmistakably accessible, top of the line arms on the exchange market should prompt a solid measure of enthusiasm for the lefty in the coming weeks (or months). MLBTR supporter Matt Swartz anticipated a $10.8MM pay for Ray in his last outing through the assertion procedure.
With a solid 2020 season, it’s anything but difficult to see Ray being the kind of pitcher who’d direction a passing idea the following winter — especially since he’ll pitch the entirety of the 2021 season (his initially would-be free-specialist year) at 29 years old. He may on the other hand be seen as a potential expansion target. That could expand the ability of certain associations to surrender a prized pitching prospect for a rental thrower, however Hazen should work the lines hard to get an exceptional farmhand.
It is reasonable for question the thinking behind a Ray exchange from the Arizona point of view. The association has had a lot of progress under Hazen at improving the long haul viewpoint while staying focused. Be that as it may, pulling off a rehash of the fruitful Paul Goldschmidt swap is more difficult than one might expect. And keeping in mind that the Snakes have an assortment of young pivot alternatives to fill in if Ray withdraws, losing him would essentially minimize the club’s possibilities for achievement in 2020. In the event that the association feels it can at any rate highlight as an essential Wild Card contender, if not challenge the Dodgers in the NL West, maybe it’s best served clinging to Ray and trusting he’ll toss all around ok both to prod a triumphant battle and to warrant a passing idea at season’s end.