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Rays Trade Away Luke Raley and Andrew Kittredge

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The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder José Caballero from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Luke Raley.

Caballero, 27, hit .221/.343/.320 (51-for-231) with nine doubles, one triple, four home runs and 26 RBI over 104 games in 2023. His 26 stolen bases ranked second among American League rookies behind Oakland’s Esteury Ruiz (67) and were third most by a rookie in Mariners history behind Ichiro Suzuki (56, 2001) and James Jones (27, 2014). He was successful on 89.7 percent (26-for-29) of his stolen base attempts, the fifth-best mark in the AL.

A Panama City, Panama native, Caballero was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft following two seasons at Chipola (Fla.) College. He was traded to the Mariners on July 31, 2019, in exchange for RHP Mike Leake and cash considerations.

Raley, 29, hit .249 (89-for-357) with 23 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs and 49 RBI in 118 games for the Rays last season. Raley made his first career Opening Day roster in 2023 and was on the active roster until his placement on the injured list on September 23 with a cervical strain, an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Richie Palacios from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Andrew Kittredge.

Palacios, 26, hit .258/.307/.516 (24-for-93) with six doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI in 32 games for the Cardinals last season. He was acquired from Cleveland on June 16, 2023, in exchange for cash considerations and played 40 games for Triple-A Memphis before making his St. Louis debut on August 17.

Originally selected by Cleveland in the third round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, Palacios made his major league debut with the Guardians in 2022 and hit .232 (26-for-112) with six doubles and 10 RBI across 54 games.

Kittredge, 33, went 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA (11.2IP, 4ER) and one save in 14 appearances for the Rays in 2023. Acquired from Seattle on November 18, 2016, Kittredge went 18-7 with a 3.65 ERA and 15 saves in 181 career appearances (15 starts) with Tampa Bay.


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