Today is the trade deadline and the Rays have already made one trade, acquiring Jesse Crain from the White Sox two days ago. On this page, we will keep tabs on all the rumors out there today involving the Rays. If it is whispered, it will be here. If a trade does happen, that will show up in its own post above.
Let’s get started…
[4:00 pm] It looks like no deals for the Rays, but we do know who is injured. Matt Moore has been placed on the DL with elbow soreness.
[1:37 pm] According to Dan Connolly, the Orioles are also in hot pursuit of Michael Morseb and are hoping to add him today. And Peter Gammons added that in addition to the Rays and Orioles, three or four other teams are also interested in Morse.
[1:06 pm] Marc Topkin is reporting that Ryan Roberts could be promoted but that it is not trade related. The speculation now is that somebody is injured and heading to the DL.
[12:30 pm] Jon Heyman reports that the Rays are one of several teams talking to the Mariners about Michael Morse. Morse is hitting ,246 with a .327 wOBA, and 11 home runs. And while he can play multiple positions (1B,LF,RF), he doesn’t play any of them particularly well. So the only logical reason to get Morse is to use him as a right-handed DH. This season he is hitting .304 with a .364 OBP and 5 of his home runs versus lefties. He is in the final year of a 2-year, $10.5 million contract is still owed approximately $2 million this season.
[9:00 am] Marc Topkin is reporting that the Rays are working on a deal “presumably to add a hitter.” Also, Ryan Roberts was pulled from the Durham Bulls game last night after two at bats. The presumption is that he is somehow involved, either to be moved to another team or to be called up to replace somebody else…One big name being bounced about is Justin Morneau. Mike Berardino says the Rays had been “monitoring Morneau for weeks” but that the Rays are no longer a likely landing spot…Jayson Stark is reporting that Kyle Farnsworth has “suddenly been made available.” This would make sense with the acquisition of Crain, who would presumably jump ahead of Farnsville on the reliever depth chart.