ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly traded away one of their better hitters Friday morning.
— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) December 6, 2019
The Athletic's Josh Tolentino reports the Rays sent outfielder Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres. In exchange for Pham, the Padres will send outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infield prospect Xavier Edwards to Tampa Bay, according to a report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2019
Pham was one of the key players in the Rays' postseason run in 2019. The 31-year-old outfielder finished the 2019 regular season with a .273 batting average, slugged 21 home runs and drove in 68 runs. In the postseason, Pham hit a .360 batting average and blasted two home runs.
Pham joined the Rays in the middle of the 2018 regular season via a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals sent Pham and international pool space to the Rays for Justin Williams, Genesis Cabrera and Roel Martinez.
Renfroe was first called up to the big leagues in 2016. Since the promotion, the 27-year-old outfielder batted a career .235 average and hit 89 home runs in 390 games.
Renfroe is coming off a feast-or-famine season at the plate in 2019. He showed a lot of pop with 33 home runs (14 at the notoriously pitcher-friendly Petco Park), but batted a lowly .216 average and struck out 154 times.
Xavier Edwards was considered one of the top prospects in the San Diego Padres organization. The 20-year-old Coconut Creek native was drafted 38th overall by the Padres in 2018. He finished the 2019 season at the Single-A level in the Padres organization.