This is such a typical Tampa Bay Rays move. To date outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands has contributed little on the Major League level. He is a career .244 hitter and managed only a .174 average in nine games last season. At age 26, he is probably best known at this point for being well-traveled and being the guy thrown into trades to finish deals.
In 2012 the Los Angeles Dodgers sent him to the Boston Red Sox as part of the package that landed them Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and Josh Beckett. Less than a year later, the Red Sox sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for closer Joel Hanrahan. Now Sands lands with the Rays, who claimed him off waivers on Monday.
Go through the Rays’ checklist when they look at players.
Versatile? Check. He plays first base and all three outfield spots.
Undervalued? Check. This is his fourth team in less than two years.
Talented? Check. Presumably there is a reason that he was a trade piece twice, though this is the part where the Rays will have to prove that they know more than the rest of the league.
Considering their history of doing just that, should we have any doubt that they will do it again?