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Head South: Rays Deal Reliever To Miami

Rays pitcher Louis Head
photo: Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays made their second trade in as many days Sunday, freeing up another 40-man roster spot by trading reliever Louis Head to the Miami Marlins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Head was signed to a minor-league deal by the Rays just before the start of the 2021 season after being released by the Mariners when the pandemix struck in 2020.  The 31-year-old ended up making his Major League debut on April 25, and ended up appearing in 27 games, including a pair of opens, going 2-0 with a 2.31 earned run average in 12 different stints with the team.

Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players, with more moves likely to come before Friday’s deadline to add players in order to protect them from being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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