This time, the Rays trade their MVP in Souza

by Gary Shelton on February 21, 2018 · 5 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Souza is the latest to leave the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Souza is the latest to leave the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Where does it stop? When does it stop?

The Tampa Bay Rays' fire sale continued Tuesday night, and by now, the metaphor of a team on fire seems to fit. The Trop is in flames, and the last guy out should turn off the lights.

This time, the Rays have dealt starting right-fielder Steven Souza, who came in return (roundabout) for Wil Myers, who came in return for James Shields.

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Souza hit 30 home runs for the Rays last season./JEFFREY S. KING

Souza hit 30 home runs for the Rays last season./JEFFREY S. KING

For a Rays' fan, the off-season has been a series of gut-punches as the team has stripped away its roster.

The Rays have now turned loose of Souza, their MVP from 2017.

And Corey Dickerson, their all-star from 2017.

And Jake Odorizzi, who tied for second on the team win 10 wins.

And Evan Longoria, their face of the franchise.

Souza had improved by the year. True, he could be a bit flighty -- diving for balls that were 10 feet away from him -- but he had developed into an all-hustle player with a little power.

So who is next? Adeiny Hechevarria? Alex Colome? Wilson Ramos? Chris Archer? In return, the Rays got a bunch of prospects, who will help, oh, around 2021 or so.

Can Rays' fans wait?

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Gary Shelton February 22, 2018 at 3:22 am

From subscriber Bruce Bfrownless:

Agree with you all and share your frustration(s) with this Rays team. Timing is everything. I cant help but wonder if they could have held off another season for this blatantly obvious rebuild, for it has stolen the momentum and thunder (being a little liberal there) from the announcement of the Ybor site plans for their new ballpark as well as the upcoming anniversary…..blah blah blah
They sure know how to play party poopers. First Longoria, now Souza. We will NOT be competitive, I’ll say it loud and clear. I know they will now need some serious PR magic to get Hillsborough and City of Tampa voters to pass an ordinance for public money to fund some of the cost of their stadium. I’m a Rays fan and right now its a tough sell for me so I have to wonder about John Q Public’s perception these days, and its not over yet


Larry February 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

The worst part is the GM says the team will still be competitive this year. What an insult to the intelligence of baseball fans in this market.

Trade them all away. And we know they will when the right offer comes along. Who cares at this point. When spring training ends this year do does my interest in baseball.


Gary Shelton February 21, 2018 at 7:44 pm

Define “competitive.” That’s the vague kind of word a bad team hides behind. They’ll lose a lot of one-run games. Bad teams always do. So is losing 4-3 “competitive?” To me, it isn’t unless you win those games, and then avoid the 10-2 losses that come along. To me, competitive is coming down to the last two weekends, and having a reason to do the math. I’d be surprised if this team enables that.


Cecil DeBald February 21, 2018 at 8:51 am

Sousa really hurts me, he made me smile. I hope nobody in the Rays’ dugout ever hugs another player for a home run, that was Souse’s move, they should retire that. I think the Rays will win 80 games, Gary. I think the kids will come through, and the vets will try to show why they were kept when others were shipped off – and they will be younger, more controllable for the next few years. But Sousa hurts, Gary. Maybe more than Longo. He made me smile.



Gary Shelton February 21, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Cecil, I hope you’re right. I don’t see 80 wins, though. Maybe that’s just me.


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