Outfielder Sam Fuld was once a folk hero of sorts for the Tampa Bay Rays. At 5’10″ and 175 pounds, the left-handed outfielder maximized his talent and found a way to be productive. In 2011 he played 105 games, hit five triples and stole 20 bases. That’s not to mention the name he made for himself as an author.
Even coming off a down season and at age 32, teams have identified Fuld as a valuable reserve player. As such, Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Fuld is “weighing offers from at least five different clubs.” That list apparently includes the Rays, and Fuld has not ruled out a return.
Besides some speed and grittiness, Fuld brings value on the defensive side of things. As Steve Adams notes:
Originally acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade, Fuld has consistently put up strong defensive marks in the corner outfield spots and is also capable of playing center field.”
Fuld committed only one error in 2013 and was especially solid in right field, where he had a 2.1 UZR. As it was on offense, 2011 was his best season in the field: playing all three spots he put up a 9.9 total UZR and was good for 10 DRS (defensive runs saved).
Even coming off a season when his batting average was below the dreaded Mendoza line (.199), Fuld will be a solid baserunner, defender, and citizen off the bench for whatever team lands him.