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Mariners-Rays Trade Pieces To Play Former Teams For First Time in St. Pete Tonight

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Baseball can be a game of irony when it comes to players going up against their former teams.

Sometimes when a trade happens, it tends to include a big-name talent and then a slew of prospects.

In this case, the trade involving Luke Raley (Rays To Mariners) and Jose Caballero (Mariners to Rays) has proved to be quite successful, with both teams getting their return on investment.

For Raley, this will be more of a homecoming for the Ohio-native, making his first trip to Tropicana Field since the trade to Seattle back on January 5th of this year.

Since Raley’s departure to the Pacific Northwest, he has given the M’s pop in the middle-to-bottom half of the lineup, currently entering the week with nine home runs on the season, 22 RBIs and a .263 batting average.

While his numbers may not be up there in regard to being an All-Star starter, “Nuke” may have a chance to potentially be in contention for a spot on the roster if he is able to keep up the pace.

Over the last 15 games alone, Raley has hit a third of his homers on the season and racked up 11 hits, while hitting above .300 across his last seven.

Having a hitter like Raley in lineup has been crucial to the Mariners success this year. Not only that, having the experience that he has gathered through playing in the playoffs with Tampa Bay, the Mariners LF will definitely be someone important once we get to September/October.

In the case of Caballero, his speed has been the biggest contribution for the Rays, giving Tampa some leverage on the base paths.

Caballero, who currently sits with 24 stolen bases, is looking to give the Tampa Bay back-to-back 30 stolen base seasons here in 2024, with a chance to extend past that total with half a season left.

The only downfall for Caballero is his offensive outpour.

While the Chiploa JC product has provided the Rays the speed on-base, Caballero has struggled at the plate during the road trip. His season numbers haven’t been top of the top either. But if Caballero can find a way to roll out of this slump, it could prove to be favorable for the rest of the season going forward.

 

 

 

Dylan was born in Tampa, FL, and is the Founder of The FLow Show, a podcast that covers all things baseball in FL. He also is a current Play-By-Play Announcer for PHSC Baseball and works for the Toronto/Dunedin Blue Jays as a Scoreboard and Music Operator for the team. His favorite teams he roots for are the Blue Jays, Phillies, and Rays and his favorite player is Vladmir Gurrero Jr.

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