The Tampa Bay Rays came to the Winter Meetings in Nashville with 39 players on their Major League roster, and they will leave the meetings with the same 39 players, plus the addition of Chris Devenski. And for president of baseball operations Erik Neander, that situation was wholly to be expected.
“There’s no deadlines, there’s no nothing, so this is what happens,” Neander said while meeting with reporters in the team’s suite. “I think these events, they do serve as a catalyst for discussion. There’s a lot of information exchange leading up to this week, and then those discussions either stall out or mature through this week, so all that’s going on.”
So while the Rays may not have made a move while here in Nashville,
”It has been active,” Neander admitted. “The number of conversations just comparing it to a year ago, it’s night and day.”
“You’re trying to line up each other’s needs. That can take time,” Neander said. “It can be complicated, but I think just the fact that there’s a lot of discussion going on, you’d like to think that could lead to something that’s mutually beneficial for two clubs.”
But there are always outside influences that can hold up other deals. The fact that neither Shohei Ohtani nor Yoshinobu Yamamoto signed during the meetings means the team that might end up being shut out still have hope of landing one of the two biggest fishes in free agency. That puts a crimp in any discussions the team could have about Glasnow. The same can be said about a trade by the Padres of outfielder Juan Soto and how that might affect teams that could be interested in either Arozarena, Paredes, or even perhaps both.
But for now, the offseason rolls on.