November 21, 2019 / 5:18 PM / 9 months ago

Rays designate Duffy, trade De Leon to Reds

FILE PHOTO: Oct 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy (5) at bat in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays designated infielder Matt Duffy for assignment and traded right-hander Jose De Leon to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named and cash.

Duffy, 28, batted .252 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 46 games last season. He has a .282 batting average with 22 homers and 169 RBIs in 452 career games with the San Francisco Giants and Rays.

“(Duffy’s) a special player,” Rays general manager Erik Neander said. “I think his intangibles, his leadership and his influence on a younger and personable clubhouse like we have is worth a lot. And that especially made this a very difficult decision, and we will certainly miss him in that regard.”

De Leon, 27, returned from Tommy John surgery and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA in four innings with the Rays last season. He is 4-0 with a 6.08 ERA in eight career games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rays.

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