The Rays already made one move this morning, picking up reliever Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks. We will use this thread to keep you updated on any rumors the rest of the day. You can also follow us on Twitter where we include all the rumors as well as the thoughts and opinions of members of the media.
[4:20 pm] Marc Topkin just called it. Time of death for any other deals is 4:20: “No other deals for Rays today.”
[3:59 pm] Closing in on the deadline and Marc Topkin says it is “unlikely [Rays] make a deal.” Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Adam Dunn is going to stay with the Nationals. And Dan Connolly is hearing that teams “haven’t been too aggressive” for Luke Scott and that the O’s are probably looking for a big return.
[3:25 pm] Here is where trade deadline news gets nutty…First we hear from Jayson Stark that the Rays are not likely to land Brandon League from the Mariners and that the Rays are “unlikely to make another deal today.” But just a few minutes later, Tom Krasovic reports that the Rays are “in the mix” for Luke Scott from the Orioles.
[2:17 pm] Two hours to go and the chatter is starting to pick up. Joel Sherman now says the Rays have shown interest in Brandon League of the Mariners and Scott Downs of the Blue Jays.
[2:09 pm] Ed Price says the Rays and Orioles are having discussions. Price speculates that the Rays could be asking about Luke Scott or Will Ohman.
[1:10 pm] With Grant Balfour headed to the DL, Joel Sherman reports that the Rays are still looking for another relief pitcher.
[12:11 pm] Joel Sherman is reporting that the Rays are still in the market for a right-handed hitter to bat 5th. He adds that “a while back” the Rays called the Dodgers and asked about Manny Ramirez, but didn’t get very far.
[10:00 am] Jayson Stark says that the addition of Qualls (and his salary) means the Rays are less likely to add a bat today. He notes that that Rays are “not pursuing any bat out there aggressively.”