It is possible the Rays trade Edwin Jackson this offseason to open up a spot for David Price in the rotation. They’ll be aiming for a right fielder. Lets look at some teams that match up in a trade.
Rays (frontrunner) They could just keep Jackson as the fourth starter and trade Andy Sonnanstine instead. That is the more likely scenerio, but don’t be surprised to see them pull the triger on the right deal.
Cardinals (frontrunners) How about Rick Ankiel for E-Jax. Ankiel will be a free agent after next season and the Cardinals could trade an outfielder to open up a spot for top prospect Colby Rasmus. If they could nab Jackson, they might be pursuaded to trade Ankiel. I like this possible trade a lot for both teams.
Mets (possible) They could offer Ryan Church. I know they need outfield help, but if they sign a free agent left fielder and are fine with letting Daniel Murphy play every day in right field, then they could make this trade. Church seems like the type of player the Rays would like to aquire. He’s underrated and has a good combination of batting average, speed, and power. This deal could work for both sides under the right sircumstances.
Braves (possible) I have stated before that Jeff Francoeur for Edwin Jackson would make sense, and I still think the same as I did then. Although, I like it a little bit better for the Braves know.
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It is possible the Braves decide to sell low on Jeff Francoeur for some starting pitching this offseason. A possible fit could be in Tampa Bay. The Rays might be a team interested in taking a shot on Frankie if they miss out on other free agent and trade options. Edwin Jackson and Andy Sonnanstine could be available since David Price will move into the rotation next year. I don’t think Andy Sonnanstine would be enough for the Braves, but Edwin Jackson might make sense. Both players have been dissapionting, but both players still have hugh upside. This one might end up looking like the Edinson Volquez for Josh Hamilton swap. This is a possible trade that could make sense for both teams.