Lifelong Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Leaves in Free Agency for Division Rival

David Kaestle
Kevin Kiermaier is singing with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Kevin Kiermaier is singing with the Toronto Blue Jays. / Associated Press

With the Winter Meetings wrapping up just a few days ago, it hasn't been an incredibly busy offseason for the Tampa Bay Rays yet. Granted, they did start off their offseason with a bang, signing Zach Eflin to the largest free agent contract in team history for a player coming from another team, but not much transaction wise after that.

Eflin signed a three-year, $40 million contract. The addition of Eflin was great, but now the Rays are seeing the departure of a long-time player. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is reportedly signing a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Losing a player in free agency can be tough, but losing him to another team in your division can be an even tougher pill to swallow.

Kiermaier has spent his entire 10-year career with the Rays. He holds a career slash line of .248/.308/.407. While Tampa isn't exactly new to losing players, especially as a small-market team, many of the fans might be upset about this one. Homegrown guys always have some level of special connection with the fans.

There is still plenty of time in the offseason for Tampa to try and replace Kiermaier, whether that be through free agency, trade, or its own minor leagues.

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