Here are the latest rumblings as we are now four days from the trade deadline…

  • Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report BJ Upton is unlikely to be traded. That is not surprising, but what is telling is that the Rays apparently don’t think Desmond Jennings is ready. They also cite the dropoff in defensive ability from Upton to Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez. Rosenthal and Morosi also note that other teams have “heavy interest” in Rodriguez, Reid Brignac and Wade Davis, but that the Rays would prefer to trade prospects. [Fox Sports]
  • Jon Morosi reports that the Rays are interested in Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks. Qualls has an 8.49 ERA in 41 appearances this season. His FIP is a lot better at 4.14 and he has been the victim of an attrocious .452 batting average on balls in play (it varies, but average BABIP is about .300). [Twitter]
  • Meanwhile, Andrew Friedman spoke about the upcoming trade deadline and pretty much said nothing (standard). For example, when asked if the Rays preferred to acquire players that will be free agents or players that would be around a while, World B. Friedman responded: “blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah either” (we’re paraphrasing). [Rays Report]


  1. Sublime says:

    He's saying the same thing I've said for months on this forum: For all of BJ's misgivings, all jokes and wisecracks aside, there's no one this team that's going to replicate his centerfield defensive ability. Zobrist turns routine outfield plays into an adventure.

  2. Another bonus about Garza's no-hitter, we won't have to hear crazy trade rumors all day. That brings us one day closer to the deadline.

  3. John S says:

    Hahahaha blah blah blah blah blah blah

  4. Pendulously says:

    Os fans debate McGee for Luke Scott.

  5. Tone says:

    Why would they want another crappy bullpen pitcher? They have WAY better options in the minors. I see no reason to have another Russ Springer experience. If a trade is made, it needs to be for a REAL DH rental and not some shitty bullpen BP pitcher. Unless of coursed you get that pitcher by trading Shoppach or Navi. Why not bring up Jake a little early(all in year right?). Lefty in the pen is needed for sure since Choate sucks ass, but giving away something good for a shit pen pitcher makes zero sense when there are kids with good arms ready to go.


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