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3 Outfielders Rays Must Target At the Trade Deadline Following Kiermaier/Margot Injuries

Devon Platana
Three outfielders that the Tampa Bay Rays must target at the trade deadline following injuries to Kevin Kiermaier and Manuel Margot.
Three outfielders that the Tampa Bay Rays must target at the trade deadline following injuries to Kevin Kiermaier and Manuel Margot. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays were the recipients of bad news on Tuesday when it was revealed that outfielders Kevin Kiermaier (hip) and Manuel Margot (knee) would need to spend some time on the 10-day injured list.

While Kiermaier isn't expected to be sidelined for too long, some in the Rays organization fear that Margot could miss some serious time if his injury is ACL-related. Either way, Tampa Bay needs to do what it can to add some outfield depth before they fall deeper in the AL standings.

Here are the three most likely outfield targets for the Rays at the Aug. 2 trade deadline following the Kiermaier and Margot injuries.

Tampa Bay Rays Roster Rumors

1. Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

Although the trade market could be tempting, the Rays could easily turn to prospect Josh Lowe, who they promoted on Monday. The 24-year-old actually began the season in the Majors, but a .179 batting average and 29 strikeouts over 20 games (75 at-bats) resulted in him landing in Triple-A. Nevertheless, he's turned things around in the minors, racking up 15 doubles, six home runs and 35 RBIs in 36 contests. Whether or not he can have a similar impact in the MLB remains to be seen, but the Rays can definitely save on trade capital if Lowe can be the player that they thought he could be when he was drafted 13th overall in 2016.

2. Robbie Grossman, Detroit Tigers

With the Detroit Tigers likely being sellers, the Rays should try to make a move for Robbie Grossman. After recording 23 HRs and 67 RBIs in 156 games last year, Grossman has only gone yard twice while bringing in 16 runs while batting .214 across 52 contests in 2022, making it easier for Detroit to move on from him. A change in scenery could be what Grossman needs to get back on track and playing for a more competitive team in the Rays could be the motivation he needs. Throw in the fact that he hasn't committed a fielding error since 2018 and it's easy to see how Tampa Bay would benefit on both sides of the ball by bringing in the veteran outfielder.

3. David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks

David Peralta will be a free agent at the end of the year and it could finally be time for him to move on after nine seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. While he might not be a 30-home run producer these days, he has a respectable eight HRs and 27 RBIs in 61 games thus far. Peralta is also a proven veteran, having over 930 games of regular-season experience while earning Silver Slugger and Gold Glove honors throughout his career. His left-handed bat is the perfect replacement for Kiermaier's too, making him a great fit for the Rays.

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