Tommy Pham sits in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout.

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Cardinals Send Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay For Prospects, International Cap Space

The Cardinals receive two of Tampa's top-30 prospects in the deal.

July 31, 2018 - 10:00 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals have traded center fielder Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for multiple minor leaguers and international slot money, per multiple reports. 

The Cardinals confirmed the trade, Tuesday. 

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report the Rays will send Genesis Cabrera, Justin Williams and Roel Ramirez to St. Louis in exhange for Pham. Cabrera was Tampa's No. 25 ranked prospect and Williams was No. 14 overall, as ranked by MLB.com.

Williams, 22, is a left-handed hitting outfielder who was batting .258 with 8 home runs and 46 RBI for the Durham Bulls (AAA), where earlier this season he was named an International League All-Star.  The 6-2, 215 pound Williams hails from Houma, Louisiana.  Williams, a former 2nd round draft pick by Arizona (52nd overall) in 2013, made his Major League debut earlier this month.

Cabrera, 21, has fashioned a 7-6 mark with a 4.12 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Montgomery of the Southern League (AA), striking out 124 batters in 113.2 innings pitched while limiting the opposition to .218 batting mark.  The 6-1, 170-pound native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was named to the Southern League All-Star team last month.

Ramirez, 23, was 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 games as a reliever for the Montgomery Biscuits, fanning 46 batters in 40.2 innings.  The 6-1, 210-pound Ramirez is from Laredo, Texas.

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Not included in the deal is Tampa pitcher Chris Archer, who was been rumored to be on the trading block for months. St. Louis was reported to have a lot of interested in him throughout the last calendar year. 

The Cardinals will fill Pham's roster spot by calling up Tyler O'Neill from Memphis. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb was also called up to replace the injured Carlos Martinez.

Pham is in his fifth season of MLB experience, but this was his first year as a full-time member of the Cardinals. He is hitting .248 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI, he has also stolent 10 bases which is the most of any Cardinals player this season. 

He was drafted by St. Louis in the 16th round in 2006 and spent nearly a decade in the minor leagues before getting his shot in the big leagues. 

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The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT.