The Rays have acquired right-hander Victor Castaneda from the Brewers as the player to be named later from the November trade that sent fellow righty Javy Guerra to the Brewers, per Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Castaneda, 24, was an international amateur signed by the Brewers out of Mexico in 2017. He’s worked his way up the minor league ladder since then, serving primarily as a starter. Last year, he split his time between Double-A and Triple-A, tossing 120 2/3 innings with a 4.10 ERA. He struck out 22.5% of batters faced in that time while walking 9.9%. Based on his strong work in the minors, Castaneda was considered one of the top 30 prospects in the Brewers’ system in the past two years by both Baseball America and FanGraphs.
If the Rays continue to deploy Castaneda as a starter, he’ll provide some depth to a rotation that’s dealing with a few injuries. Shane Baz underwent Tommy John surgery late last year and might miss the entire season, while Tyler Glasnow has a strained oblique that will force him to miss the start of the campaign. The rotation is still in good shape overall with Shane McClanahan, Drew Rasmussen, Zach Eflin and Jeffrey Springs taking four spots. They also have Luis Patiño, Yonny Chirinos, Josh Fleming and Taj Bradley on the 40-man roster as options to fill in. Castaneda isn’t currently on the 40-man and would need to earn a spot in order to make an impact.