It's official. The Rays have traded infielder Akinori Iwamura to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed, relief pitcher, Jesse Chavez.
Chavez, 26, finished the 2009 season with an ERA of 4.01 while recording 47 K's and 22 BB's.
Chavez should have a legitimate chance at procuring a roster spot for the 2010 season.
By making the trade before the official end of the season the Rays saved around 1/2 million dollars.
I think in the long run that Ben Zobrist will end-up costing the Rays more, but in the short term this move seemed all but inevitable, especially considering that the Rays will have no choice but to continue to carry Burrell's inflated salary, as well as the $10M that Crawford is due.