The York Revolution has announced that the Atlantic League contract of outfielder Jose Constanza has been purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays. It marks the first time in the nine-year history of the Revolution that Tampa Bay has purchased the contract of a York player in-season.
As the Atlantic League continues to affirm itself in the highest levels of professional baseball with “Major League Ready” players, Constanza will be added to Tampa Bay’s 40-man Major League roster shortly, of which all players are eligible to play in the Major Leagues as of September 1 for the remainder of the regular season, per MLB rules. After a short stint with the Triple-A Durham Bulls, whose season ends on September 7, it is likely Constanza will be promoted to the Rays to finish out the year in the Majors. Doing so will make him the ninth former Revolution player to reach Major League Baseball.
Constanza will also become the first player to play in the Rays organization following a stint in York. To date, in nine seasons the Revolution has placed a former player with 26 of the 30 MLB clubs with the addition of Tampa Bay (including in-season and off-season signings), leaving the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, and New York Yankees as the only remaining organizations that have not employed a former York player.