Chris ArcherThe Rays lost last night in Los Angeles. Meh. So instead of talking about that, let’s get caught up on all the trade rumors that are scurrying about.

  • According to Marc Topkin, “at least 10 teams” are having ongoing discussions with the Rays about trading for one their starting pitchers.
  • Topkin adds that all of their starting pitchers are drawing interest, although, obviously, teams are most interested in Chris ArcherMatt Moore, and Jake Odorizzi.
  • According to Rays consigliere Ken Rosenthal (video link), the Rays “believe there are about 8 teams with farm systems strong enough to land Chris Archer.
  • Rosenthal also notes that if the Pirates want Chris Archer, it would take prospects P Tyler Glasnow and OF Austin Meadows. Meadows was the 9th pick of the 2013 draft and both players are ranked among the top 10 prospects in baseball.
  • Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the Texas Rangers would prefer to trade for Chris Sale of the White Sox, but have shifted their focus to the Rays’ starters as those talks have stalled. However, now it seems like talks with the Rays have stalled also. The Rays want slugging 3B/OF Joey Gallo and will give up either Matt Moore or Jake Odorizzi for him. The Rangers will trade Gallo, according to Grant, but only for Chris Archer.
  • Jon Morosi says the Rays are asking for Jurickson Profar in a trade and the Rangers are saying no. He adds that 1B Ronald Guzman and LHP Yohander Mendez have also been discussed as part of a package.
  • In an earlier column, Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Rangers are “optimistic” about trading for a Rays starting pitcher. He also notes that it is unlikely that Jurickson Profar will be included in a deal.
  • Rosenthal also notes that some non-contenders are active in the trade market for Rays starting pitchers because they are under contract beyond this year and the free agent market will be weak this offseason. This includes the Houston Astros, a division rival of the Rangers, which could force the Rangers to up their offer.
  • As we mentioned last week, an executive on another team told Rosenthal that the Dodgers may have no choice but to overpay for Chris Archer or Chris Sale because of the injury to Clayton Kershaw.
  • In non-pitcher news, Jerry Crasnick reports that Steve Pearce is drawing interest. He calls the Giants and Indians “potential fits.


  1. J 2.0 says:

    I usually want the Rays to make a move at the deadline, but this year is different. All of our pitchers come with a great level of affordable control. Maybe see if you can get something for Andriese, but Archer, Odorizzi, Moore, and even Smyly should be untouchable.

    • Rob says:

      I agree - I like what I am seeing out of Moore recently and I think Archer's control is a huge asset. By they way, it was really nice to see Archer dealing last night, even if he did take the loss. He had life and late movement on his fastball that I haven't see all year. I am not sure if it was the dry air out in LA or what, but he looked great.

      • Rob says:

        I would say, that if the right package came along I would trade all of those guys except Archer. But again, the package would have to be overwhelming.

        • J 2.0 says:

          I can see maybe getting a young arm to replace either Moore or Odorizzi. I suppose we need to give Cobb the opportunity to improve his trade value before next year's deadline unless we can sign him to a longer deal.

          At the same time our farm system is just awful. We have missed on so many early picks. Guerreri looks like he will never be ready to be more than a 4 or 5 starter. Faria is up and down. He may get it together to be a solid 2 or maybe 3. And other than Adames and possibly Gillespie we have nothing on the offensive side. Their careers will just get ruined when they make it to the big club anyways as long as Derek Shelton is still here.

          It is no mystery to me how every free agent or trade we make comes here and has career worst numbers offensively. Maybe restocking the farm for a run in 3 or 4 years isn't a bad idea. We might be able to make the playoffs for Longo when he is 36 in a new stadium.

          • OriginalTom says:

            "It is no Mystery to me how every free agent or trade we make comes here and has career worst numbers offensively" I disagree Look at:
            Brad Miller
            James Loney
            Casey Kotchman
            Jeff Keppenger
            Asdrubal Cabrera
            Logan Forsythe
            Carlos Pena
            Jason Bartlett

            Plenty of players come to TB and have career year or resurrect there careers. May players also leave TB and see there careers fall apart. CC, Upton, Kotchman, Kepp etc.

  2. Gus says:

    Highest paid players this year are: Longo, Moore, Pearce and Morrison. Expect every one of those to go except Longo (although Morrison's injury and play may have made him untradeable). They have 35% of their 2016 salaries yet to be paid.

    Follow the money. Every year at the trade deadline, the most expensive guys go (if there are takers), and the more affordable guys stay.

    Odorizzi is dirt cheap, he stays. Archer still cheap, he stays (for now). Erasmo isn't that cheap and could be gone; Colome is cheap and he stays.

    Don't fall for the head fakes. Stu's kids are getting to expensive ages. His limited partners want their annual profits. This is about the $, pure and simple.

    • Gus says:

      Smyly also not cheap, has arb 2 coming and will be gone if there is a taker.

    • Rob says:

      I don't disagree with this logic at all. However, I think the Rays are more about value than the actual price tag. For example, they probably feel like they can find a replacement for Moore who will put up similar numbers for much less money - they actually already have one in Blake Snell (who could end up being better). Why pay Moore $8m when you can pay the kid league minimum for a couple of more years? Agree on Colome - I can't see how they can get rid of a bona fide closer being paid the minimum and under control for several more years.


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