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 3 days ago

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

3 years 3 days ago

Bye Tat-Man…. ;(

3 years 3 days ago

AHH was hoping the Phils would go after him.

3 years 3 days ago

Any chance he succeeds Hill?

James Attwood
3 years 3 days ago

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

3 years 3 days ago

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

AndreTheGiantKiller
3 years 3 days ago

To the surprise of no one.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 3 days ago

Saw this coming from a mile away.

3 years 3 days ago

dr ro bortnick

formerdraftpick
3 years 3 days ago

A-Bort trade

Gator4444
3 years 3 days ago

Snakes need to make a move for Headley.

James Attwood
3 years 3 days ago

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

Gator4444
3 years 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days ago

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

Carl Langley
3 years 3 days ago

This makes complete sense.

bigpat
3 years 3 days ago

They like versatile guys who can’t hit…

mgsports
3 years 3 days ago

Ryan Wheeler is the 3B.

Marvin Marshall
3 years 3 days 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
2 years 11 months ago

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