How the 2008 Rays were built

Originally Published: October 21, 2008
ESPN.com

POSITION PLAYERS
PITCHERS

Willy Aybar, INF
Age: 25
Date acquired: Jan. 17, 2008
How acquired: Traded by Atlanta with Chase Fontaine for Jeff Ridgway.
Rays debut: March 31, 2008

Grant Balfour, RHP
Age: 30
Date acquired: July 28, 2007
How acquired: Traded by Milwaukee for Seth McClung
Rays debut: July 28, 2007

Rocco Baldelli, OF
Age: 27
Date acquired: June 2000
How acquired: Drafted in the first round
(No. 6 overall)
Rays debut: March 31, 2003

Chad Bradford, RHP
Age: 34
Date acquired: Aug. 7, 2008
How acquired: Traded by by Baltimore for a player to be named later
Rays debut: Aug. 9, 2008

Jason Bartlett, SS
Age: 28
Date acquired: Nov. 28, 2007
How acquired: Traded by Minnesota with Matt Garza and Eduardo Morlan for Delmon Young, Jason Pridie and Brendan Harris
Rays debut: March 31, 2008

Matt Garza, RHP
Age: 24
Date acquired: Nov. 28, 2007
How acquired: Traded by Minnesota with Jason Bartlett and Eduardo Morlan for Delmon Young, Jason Pridie and Brendan Harris
Rays debut: April 2, 2008

Carl Crawford, LF
Age: 27
Date acquired: June 1999
How acquired: Drafted in the second round
Rays debut: July 20, 2002

J.P. Howell, LHP
Age: 25
Date acquired: June 20, 2006
How acquired: Traded by Kansas City for Joey Gathright and Fernando Cortez
Rays debut: Aug. 1, 2006

Cliff Floyd, DH
Age: 35
Date acquired: Dec. 14, 2007
How acquired: Signed as a free agent --
one year, $3 million
Rays debut: March 31, 2008

Edwin Jackson, RHP
Age: 25
Date acquired: Jan. 14, 2006
How acquired: Traded by LA Dodgers with Chuck Tiffany for Danys Baez and Lance Carter
Rays debut: April 22, 2006

Gabe Gross, OF
Age: 28
Date acquired: April 22, 2008
How acquired: Traded by Milwaukee for Josh Butler
Rays debut: April 24, 2008

Scott Kazmir, LHP
Age: 24
Date acquired: July 30, 2004
How acquired: Traded by NY Mets with Jose Diaz for Bartolome Fortunato and Victor Zambrano
Rays debut: Aug. 23, 2004

Michel Hernandez, C
Age: 30
Date acquired: Aug. 31, 2008
How acquired: Traded by Pittsburgh for cash considerations
Rays debut: Sept. 13, 2008

Trever Miller, LHP
Age: 35
Date acquired: Feb. 6, 2008
How acquired: Signed as a free agent -- one year, $1.6 million
Rays debut: *March 31, 2008

Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Age: 29
Date acquired: Dec. 15, 2006
How acquired: Purchased from the Yakult Swallows (Japan)
Rays debut: April 2, 2007

David Price, LHP
Age: 23
Date acquired: June 2007
How acquired: Drafted in the first round
(No. 1 overall)
Rays debut: Sept. 14, 2008

Evan Longoria, 3B
Age: 23
Date acquired: June 2006
How acquired: Drafted in the first round (No. 3 overall)
Rays debut: April 12, 2008

James Shields, LHP
Age: 26
Date acquired: June 2000
How acquired: Drafted in the 16th round
Rays debut: May 31, 2006

Dioner Navarro, C
Age: 24
Date acquired: June 26, 2006
How acquired: Traded by the LA Dodgers with Jae Seo and Justin Ruggiano for Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson
Rays debut: June 28, 2006

Andy Sonnanstine, RHP
Age: 25
Date acquired: June 2004
How acquired: Drafted in the 13th round
Rays debut: June 5, 2007

Carlos Pena, 1B
Age: 30
Date acquired: Feb. 1, 2007
How acquired: Signed as a free agent
Rays debut: April 7, 2007

Dan Wheeler, RHP
Age: 32
Date acquired: July 28, 2007
How acquired: Traded by Houston for Ty Wigginton and cash
Rays debut: *July 30, 2007

Fernando Perez, OF
Age: 25
Date acquired: June 2004
How acquired: Drafted in the seventh round
Rays debut: Sept. 5, 2008




B.J. Upton, CF
Age: 24
Date acquired: June 2002
How acquired: Drafted in the first round (No. 2 overall)
Rays debut: Aug. 2, 2004




Ben Zobrist, SS
Age: 27
Date acquired: July 12, 2006
How acquired: Traded by Houston with Mitch Talbot for Aubrey Huff and cash
Rays debut: Aug. 1, 2006




* -- played for Tampa Bay previously. Miller played two seasons in Tampa Bay (2004 and 2005); Wheeler was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 34th round in 1996 and played for the Rays from 1999-2001.

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