The Yankees aren’t the only AL East team gearing up this offseason.
The Rays acquired outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena from the Cardinals and sent top pitching prospect Matt Liberatore and catching prospect Edgardo Rodriguez — as well as a Round B pick (66th overall) — to St. Louis. The deal, which also includes a Round A pick (38th overall) from the Cardinals, was announced by the teams Thursday night.
The Rays shed some of their highly-touted farm system in order to add some depth to their roster. After finishing second — seven games behind — to the Yankees last season, Tampa Bay has kept themselves busy in the offseason.
Martinez had a career season in 2018, when he bat .305 with 83 RBIs, but dipped to .269 with 42 RBIs last season while dealing with a shoulder injury. His .296 batting average since his first full season in 2017 is the eighth-best in the National League among the 83 player with at least 1,000 at bats, per ESPN Stats and Information.
When Martinez, 31, went on the injured list in August, it was Arozarena who was called up in his place. Arozarena went 6-for-20 for St. Louis in the regular season and 0-for-4 in his five…