Margot was among more than a dozen Rays players that participated in informal workouts at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The offseason acquisition was ready to roll in what was the first official opportunity for Rays players to convene in more than two months. Margot and his teammates didn't yet have access to amenities such as batting cages -- that could change as soon as next week, however -- but they were able to play catch, run, use a limited amount of free weights in an on-field makeshift gym and complete plyometric exercises. Margot will be looking to sharpen up his swing in the coming weeks ahead of a possible 2020 season, as he hit just .130 (4-for-23) over 10 Grapefruit League games before play was paused.
Margot hit .130 (4-for-23) with a double, two walks, a stolen base and a run across 10 Grapefruit League contests.
The offseason acquisition's sluggish spring was disappointing and serves as a reminder that Margot's average declined in each of his last two campaigns in San Diego. Nevertheless, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports Margot should get plenty of playing time in the outfield versus left-handed pitchers, against whom he slashed an outstanding .330/.420/.466 across 120 plate appearances last season. The 25-year-old brings some power and speed to the table, having slugged double-digit home runs in two of the last three seasons while recording double-digit steals in three consecutive campaigns.
Margot and prospect Logan Driscoll were traded from the Padres to the Rays on Saturday in exchange for reliever Emilio Pagan, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Margot has seen significant time in center field with San Diego over the last three years, but the acquisition of Trent Grisham from the Brewers earlier this offseason made him a bit more expendable. The 25-year-old had a .234/.304/.387 slash line with 12 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 151 games, and his defense in center field continue to be his main asset. Margot figures to fill a reserve role in Tampa Bay's outfield with Austin Meadows, Kevin Kiermaier, Hunter Renfroe, Jose Martinez and Yoshi Tsutsugo already in the mix.
Margot agreed to a one-year, $2.475 million deal with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This was Margot's first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. He has been worth 4.3 fWAR in 428 games over three-plus seasons.
Margot is not in Sunday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
He hit .188 with one home run and one steal in 64 at-bats this month. Travis Jankowski will start in center field and bat eighth.
Margot went 1-for-4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored Tuesday in the Padres' 6-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Margot's playing time had been trending downward in September, but he manned center field for the fourth straight game Tuesday with Wil Myers (illness) unavailable. Myers hasn't been shut down for the season following a recent fainting episode, but the 70-87 Padres don't have much incentive to rush him back for the final five games. With that in mind, Margot could continue to draw regular starts and provide some aid to fantasy managers looking for help in the steals category.
Margot is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies.
Margot has been a two-win player this year, but he hasn't been playing much at all in September. In fact, he's only logged a handful of starts this month. Wil Myers is in center field for the third consecutive game.
Margot went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
Margot got the Padres on the board with a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning and crossed the plate again in the seventh after beginning the frame with an infield single and a stolen base. Following four straight games in which he came off the bench, Margot has started the last two, going 5-for-9 with three RBI and three runs scored. He is slashing .246/.318/.411 with 12 homers and a career-high 20 stolen bases in 398 plate appearances this season.
Margot went 2-for-5 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and a run Tuesday in the Padres' 9-8 win over the Cubs.
Margot brought in the winning run when he drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning. The productive night at the dish was nice to see from Margot, but it may not be enough for him to recapture an everyday role in the San Diego outfield. Before starting in center field Tuesday, Margot wasn't included in the lineup in any of the Padres' previous four contests.
Margot isn't starting Monday's game against the Cubs.
Margot will remain on the bench for a fourth straight game, making way for Wil Myers to start another game in center field. Margot has been called on to pinch hit in each of the last three matchups, though he's 0-for-3 over that stretch.
Margot is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
Margot is 6-for-33 over his last 12 contests and will remain on the bench for the third straight game. Wil Myers receives another start in center field for the Friars.
Margot remains on the bench Saturday against Colorado.
Margot will sit for the second game in a row, with Wil Myers starting again in center field.
Margot is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies.
Margot has hit just .213/.260/.319 over his last 15 games. Wil Myers starts in center field in his absence.
Margot is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Margot started the last nine games and went 8-for-31 with two doubles and a home run in that stretch, but he'll take a seat Sunday. Wil Myers will start in center field in the series finale.
Margot went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a victory over the Giants on Thursday.
Margot got the Padres on the board with a blast to left center field in the third inning. The home run was his first since Aug. 10 after a brief power surge early in the month in which he hit four long balls in a nine-game span. On the season, Margot is slashing .239/.315/.405 with 11 home runs, 30 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
Margot is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.
Margot will hit the bench for the second time in three games after going just 7-for-36 (.194 average) over his past 10 contests. Wil Myers will cover center field in Margot's stead.
Margot is not in Monday's lineup against the Reds.
Margot is hitting .260 with four home runs and two steals in 16 games this month. Wil Myers gets the stat in center field while hitting seventh.
Margot will start in center field and lead off Sunday against the Phillies, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
He'll occupy the table-setting role for the third time in the four games that Fernando Tatis Jr. has missed since suffering what is expected to be a season-ending back injury. With Tatis out of the mix for the rest of 2019, Margot could benefit from a spike in his run-scoring and base-stealing opportunities if he ends up sticking atop the lineup. After going only 11-for-21 on steal attempts in 2018, Margot has rebounded massively this season, as he's been caught just once in 17 tries.
Margot went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a win over Colorado on Saturday.
Margot plated a run with a single in the fifth inning and delivered a tiebreaking two-run blast in the eighth. In 27 plate appearances in August, he has slashed .375/.444/.958 with four homers and seven runs batted in.
Margot drilled a solo home run in his only at-bat and scored an additional run in Thursday's win over the Rockies.
Margot entered the game as a pinch runner in the sixth inning and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. He later capped the scoring for the Padres with a solo home run in the eighth. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to August, hitting .333 (6-for-18) with three long balls.
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