Amidst clearing roster space to protect specific prospects in the Rule 5 draft, the Rays needed to make a roster move. That they have by the designation of Hunter Renfroe.
Renfroe, who came over to St. Pete last offseason in the Tommy Pham blockbuster, struggled offensively as a Ray. The Rays needed power, which Renfroe did provide, hitting eight homeruns in only 122 at bats, as well as the first Grand Slam in Rays postseason history. Yet, he hit only .156, with a .252 on base clip. His glove, as usual, was stellar and a huge key in the postseason. Saving many huge runs, he was a pivotal key in the Rays run to the World Series, in which they lost to the LA Dodgers in six.
Hunter Renfroe’s time in Tampa Bay was short and ultimately not very impactful, but he was a big part of a run many fans will never forget. He was projected to make $3.5M in arbitration. Over his career, he’s averaged 36 homeruns and a .776 OPS over the course of a full 162. It’s worth noting that his career high in games is 140.