Tampa Bay Rays Trade Tommy Pham to San Diego Padres for Hunter Renfroe

Tommy Pham
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 10: Tommy Pham #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays flies out against the Houston Astros during the third inning in game five of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres made a significant trade late Thursday night.

The Rays are sending outfielder Tommy Pham to the Padres in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infield prospect Xavier Edwards. San Diego will also reportedly receive a prospect from Tampa Bay.

Tommy Pham

Pham, 32 next March, hit .273/.369/.450 with 21 home runs, 68 RBI, 56 extra-base hits and 25 stolen bases in 145 games for the Rays in 2019. That was good for a 119 OPS+ and 3.7 bWAR

Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals at the 2018 trade deadline, Pham’s time in Tampa Bay may not have lasted that long, but he certainly made an impact. In addition to helping the Rays reach the postseason for the first time since 2013, Pham set a franchise record with a 48-game on-base streak and also joined B.J. Upton as the only players in franchise history with a 20/20 season.

Hunter Renfroe

The Rays will be replacing Pham with a more powerful bat in Renfroe, and adding pop to their lineup was a priority heading into the offseason. In 140 games for the Padres in 2019, Renfroe hit .216/.289/.489 with 33 home runs and 64 RBI. His 33 homers would have tied Austin Meadows for the team lead on the Rays.

That’s pretty similar to the line he’s put up for his career: .235/.294/.494 in 390 games over parts of four seasons. Renfroe doesn’t have Pham’s eye at the plate. He strikes out 28.1% of the time and doesn’t post high on-base percentages, but the Rays clearly like the power.

Renfroe, 28 in January, is also cheaper and more controllable than Pham. He’s projected to earn $3.4 million next season and won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season. Pham is projected to earn $8.6 million next year and will be eligible for free agency after the 2021 season.

Xavier Edwards

The Rays also pick up a highly-regarded prospect in Edwards. MLB.com ranked him as the fifth-best prospect in San Diego’s farm system and the 72nd-best in the game. The 20-year-old switch hitter slashed .336/.392/.414 in 77 games in Single-A in 2019, earning a promotion to High-A. He fared well there, too, hitting .301/.349/.367 in 46 games.

Edwards doesn’t have much power, as he hit just one home run all season. However, his speed and contact skills are impressive. Edwards stole 34 bases this past season.

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