Matt MooreAnother day and more stories about teams scouting Rays pitchers and rumors about teams interested in trading for Rays pitchers. But in the latest twist, one report suggests the Rays are playing hard to get.

Here are the latest rumors and reports:

  • According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the top talent evaluator for the Red Sox recently traveled to St. Pete “specifically to watch [Jake] Odorizzi.” The Rays are never going to shy away from trading in the division if that is the best deal on the table. But the Red Sox may shy away from sending too many good prospects to the Rays and making them stronger down the road.
  • We previously heard that the Royals were scouting Matt Moore. According to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have “looked at arms in the Tampa Bay starting rotation.” He notes that the group includes Moore, but the plural suggests that they have also scouted others.
  • According to Jon Heyman of FanRag, the Marlins would be interested in talking to the Rays about Jake Odorizzi and Matt Moore. This suggests that talks have not taken place between the two teams yet and the Marlins have a pretty weak farm system (ranked 29th by most outlets) which would make a trade difficult.
  • Heyman does say what we already knew, that “rival teams are still clamoring for [Rays] pitchers, especially [Chris] Archer plus Moore and Odorizzi.” However, Heyman says that none of those three pitchers are available “for now.” Heyman also adds that other teams do expect the Rays to trade Moore or Odorizzi, not Archer.

On the one hand, it might not be that surprising that the pitchers are not available yet. The last thing the Rays want to do is to look like they have to make a trade and will just take whatever good offer comes along. The Rays don’t have to move anybody now. There will also be a weak market for starting pitchers in the free agency market after the season and the Rays could just wait and deal then.

But at the same time, there could be an advantage to moving now, before other teams fall out of the playoff race and add more arms to the trade market.

At the end of the day, everybody is available (even Archer for the right price), and just about every team in contention is interested. That sounds like a recipe for something happening.

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  1. Matt says:

    I'm sure it will end up being another boring, uneventful trade deadline as usual. They may trade away an expiring contract like pearce or morrison, but I don't see them moving a starter now, unless they're wooed. I'm sure they'll shut down snell at some point in september for an innings limit, and they may do the same with Moore. Cobb is still a question mark, so I see them hanging on and not trying to sell low. They'll have to make a move in the offseason due to the surplus, which will probably look like the Karns trade.

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  2. Brent says:

    The buzzards ahead are starting to fly around!
    Let's just hope we don't get picked clean for nothing, we have a young team w/ our oldest player(s) are only 30...
    We could use better pieces like a good Catcher, but it's not worth losing another WIl Myers like player again, young today, great tomorrow...

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    • Geoff Peterson says:

      Wil Myers is by no means a great player. He's having a decent year for a bad team, much like Evan Longoria. When you're kicking the snot out of a team, there's no reason to pitch around their power hitters as in most cases they're already losing or no one is on base. Plus as you recall, Wil's sense of urgency on the field was similar to that of a garden slug.

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      • Jim says:

        Wil had iissues beyond his fielding. He was far from a team player while here. His own admission that he wasn't prepared to start the season was his ticket out of here.

        He got pissy with coaches both here and KC.

        Stephen Vogt is who I can't understand why we let get away.

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        • Dave L says:

          0-season on his 2 stints up didn't help.

          nobody piped up at the time that 'wow we let him get away!'

          hindsight in this case is truly 20/20

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  3. Jim says:

    What's the feeling hear on Archer? Since the AllStar break last year he's been far from special. Why should he be off the table?

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