Rays Acquire Ryan Roberts From Diamondbacks

The Rays have acquired utility infielder Ryan Roberts from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league second baseman Tyler Bortnick, the clubs announced.

Roberts, 32 in September, was designated for assignment earlier today in what was a procedural move to clear space on Arizona's 40-man roster. The right-handed hitter owns a .250/.330/.398 career batting line in 1,288 plate appearances, most of which came with the Snakes. He enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2011, when he mashed 19 homers and became something of a cult hero for his all-out style of play and trademark tattoos.

Bortnick, 25, was a 16th-round pick of the Rays in 2009 and has posted a career minor league batting line of .289/.396/.431 in 1,773 plate appearances, none above the Double-A level.

Roberts, meanwhile, will be under the Rays' control through 2015.


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20 Comments on "Rays Acquire Ryan Roberts From Diamondbacks"


diesel2410
3 years 1 month ago

Welcome Tatman, hopefully you can be as big of a hero as Batman (Bale)

3 years 1 month ago

Bye Tat-Man…. ;(

3 years 1 month ago

AHH was hoping the Phils would go after him.

3 years 1 month ago

Any chance he succeeds Hill?

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

It could be possible, but he’s still a long way from MLB ready.

3 years 1 month ago

Mmm tha´t wasn´t a bad traade after all, despite we´ll miss roberts

AndreTheGiantKiller
3 years 1 month ago

To the surprise of no one.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 1 month ago

Saw this coming from a mile away.

3 years 1 month ago

dr ro bortnick

formerdraftpick
3 years 1 month ago

A-Bort trade

Gator4444
3 years 1 month ago

Snakes need to make a move for Headley.

James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

They will have better options than Headley if they wait for the off season.

Gator4444
3 years 1 month ago

No they won’t. The 3B FA class is horrible this winter. D’Backs have the prospects to pull a deal on what will probably be a 5 WAR player this year. Towers has always liked Headley.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t think I agree with that at all. I would think about 10 teams currently are happy with their third base situation-there’s a real shortage of quality third baseman right now. Headley would be a good fit for a lot of teams that have a black hole at 3rd base.

alexw2840
3 years 1 month ago

Dang, Bortnick raked in the minors….it’s just his defense he needs to work on.

Carl Langley
3 years 1 month ago

This makes complete sense.

bigpat
3 years 1 month ago

They like versatile guys who can’t hit…

mgsports
3 years 1 month ago

Ryan Wheeler is the 3B.

Marvin Marshall
3 years 1 month ago

That’s not even close to the truth. He had 280 PA this season and started 63 games for the Dbacks. In till late June, he was on the same pace for PA & games started as last season. He just wasn’t producing. He is a utility guy that had a decent season in 2011 that shouldn’t have been expected to repeat those numbers in 2012.

Marvin Marshall
3 years 29 days ago

Let me know how it’s going since that one AB.