The Rays opted to take a player rather than receiving cash, getting 18 year-old RHP Neraldo Catalina from the Mets.
Catalina is a little known prospect, mostly because he has yet to throw an inning of professional baseball in his young career. He signed as an international free agent in 2018 out of the Dominican Republic, earning a $150,000 bonus from the Mets, but did not appear in any games last year.
Catalina has a lot of size behind him, as he is listed at 6’6”, 203 pounds, and “throws hard, with a low- to mid-90s fastball that reaches 95 mph. His fastball plays up beyond the pure velocity, getting on hitters quickly with good extension out front in his delivery. Catalina complements his fastball with a power slider as well”, per Ben Badler of Baseball America.
While Catalina is a ways away, limiting the damage on the Mets minor league system, the Rays got a mountain of clay with a live arm, one they hope to mold into something as he develops.