Rays Trade Emilio Pagan to Padres for Manuel Margot and a Prospect

Rays reliever Emilio Pagan
Rays reliever Emilio Pagan / Bob Levey/Getty Images

While we await more Mookie Betts drama, a Red Sox division rival has made a surprising move amidst the chaos.

Emilio Pagan, who saved 20 games for the Rays last season paired with a 2.31 ERA, has been dealt to the San Diego Padres for Manuel Margot and prospect Logan Driscoll.

Pagan joins an already-capable Padres bullpen, while the Rays receive some outfield depth they desperately need at this juncture. San Diego had already re-signed Craig Stammen and added Drew Pomeranz to the mix, so throwing Pagan in that 'pen which features Kirby Yates and Andres Munoz is scary.

Margot, meanwhile, is a tremendous defensive outfielder and creates quite the pairing with Kevin Kiermaier. It's unwise to doubt the Rays' long-term plan, as they so often get the most out of their spare parts. Tampa surely has something in mind with their bullpen, even after losing Pagan.

Driscoll, a 22-year-old prospect, was more of a throw-in. In 2019, he hit .268 with three home runs at Short-A.