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.
Constanza will be added to Tampa Bay's 40-man major league roster shortly. All players on the 40-man roster are eligible to play in the major leagues as of Sept. 1 for the remainder of the regular season. After a short stint with the Triple-A Durham Bulls, whose season ends on Sept. 7, it is likely Constanza will be promoted to the Rays to finish out the year in the majors. If that happens, he will become the ninth former Revolution player to reach the majors.
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 organizations, 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.
At 31, Constanza is in his 11th professional season.A veteran of 112 major league games with the Atlanta Braves over four seasons (2011-2014), Constanza has posted a .273 average in the majors, including a .303 showing in 42 games in his MLB debut in 2011. Constanza began this season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, playing in 41 games at Triple-A Louisville.
He then signed with York on July 26. In 30 games with the Revolution, Constanza led the team in batting at .324. He drove in 13 runs and stole 20 bases as York's leadoff man, and legged out two triples and three doubles in his time with the Revs. He scored 29 runs.
Since the beginning of last season, the Revs have seen six former players appear on major league rosters with the eventual addition of Constanza, a number unmatched over that period by any Atlantic League franchise. Left-handed pitcher Scott Rice (Mets), left-handed pitcher Ian Thomas (Braves/Dodgers), right-handed pitcher Julio DePaula (Orioles), left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend (Rangers) and third baseman Andy Marte (Diamondbacks) have each donned major league uniforms between April 2014 and the present after playing in York between the 2011 and 2014 seasons.