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Rays designate Jesús Aguilar for assignment

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Jesus Aguilar #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts to a strike call on him during the sixth inning of their MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

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On Wednesday, the Rays acquired 1B/OF Brian O’Grady from the Reds in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster for O’Grady, the Rays designated 1B/DH Jesús Aguilar for assignment.

Aguilar, 29, was acquired from the Brewers at the trade deadline in exchange for pitcher Jake Faria. Between both teams, Aguilar hit .236/.325/.389 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI over 369 trips to the plate. It was his worst offensive season since becoming a regular in 2017.

1B/DH types have certainly seen their value decline in recent years, so Aguilar may have to settle for a relatively cheap one-year contract -- potentially as a part-time player -- to rebuild his value.

O’Grady, 27, played in 28 games for the Reds last year as a rookie, posting a .720 OPS. With Triple-A Louisville, where he spent most of his season, he compiled a .909 OPS with 28 homers across 112 games.

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