Jul 13, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (40) reacts after he pitched the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays at the Trade Deadline


Last year the Rays were actually buyers at the trade deadline. The only problem was that the shopped at the Family Dollar store of baseball. How many AAAA baseball players named Brooks Conrad came and went as the team tried to find a replacement for Longoria. They finally settled on Ryan Roberts and we all know how that turned out.

This year I think the team could be both buyers and sellers. Follow my logic.

SELLERS:

ROBERTO HERNANDEZ: I’m no fan of Hernandez but that is not the reason he is on my list. It’s about Chris Archer.  Assuming Alex Cobb comes back by the end of July, how are you going to sent Archer to Durham? Even if it takes a little longer more big league time for Cobb, Jake Odorizzi is not a bad thing. Save $1.5 million and get a decent prospect for Hernandez. You have to do it!

RYAN ROBERTS: They never should have tendered him in the first place. He’s making $3 million as a minor league player. That does not fit the Rays business model. Trade him for a marginal prospect and a case of sunflower seeds.

BUYERS:

This is a wild play. Send Luke Scott and a prospect to the Mariners for Kendrys Morales. I know Scott is hot but he can turn cold in the next minute. Morales is steady with hits and rbis. The Mariners save a $1million and get a mid level prospect. The Rays get a steady performer. Win-win.

I would say that the Hernadez deal should be a sure thing.  Roberts who knows. Morales is a gamble that is beyond my pay grade.

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  • phattitudes

    I would love to see Hernandez go but I doubt if there are takers. Doesn’t seem to be a player to put a contender over the top. He is more of an innings eater at best.

    As for Roberts I would think he would have value for a team with a need. From the start of the year, we have been overloaded with infielders. The combo currently on the roster is working well. Roberts is little more than insurance for the Rays should an injury occur. However his pop and ability to play multiple positions should be attractive to someone in need. Is there anyone in need? It takes two to tango.

    As for a potential trade, I think it is a real possibility. The Rays have the best roster they ever had. They believe they have a championship team. About the only hole (and that isn’t big) is at DH. Jacking up production there could put them over the top. I do believe they will explore their options. However as usual they will not overpay. Morales would be an upgrade. They may ever consider a Soriano. There were also rumors of Ibanez but there would be more risk there. The only question is “will they pull the trigger” Either way it is going to be an exciting stretch run

    • david egbert

      With any of these deals it takes two to tango. Actually, Hernandez would be an upgrade at the # 4 or 5 stater spot for a lot of teams. Colorado comes to mind. I’d dump him and just save the money rather than send Archer down. The Morales deal would depend on what Seattle wants in return as far as a prospect. In the end, the Rays don’t like to upset their roster unless they have a real need and right now, they don’t. We’ll see if it’s the same case in September.

  • Joey

    I wanted Morales back when he was injured with the Angels. The Angels with 4 first baseman plus CJ Cron mashing in the minors, and an elite cf on the bench, were perfect trade partners. Obviously this was all before we picked up Loney. I pitched on all kinds of sites a Shields for Cron/Morales & Bourjos trade. Looking back I think we are better off with Loney and Myers at least for this year, but next year we’re shopping for a 1b again so I don’t know how it would’ve worked out.

    • david egbert

      I’m not sure Loney is a one year deal. If Andrew has any sense, he will try to extend Loney. He’s the perfect Rays player and he may be willing to take a home town discount to stay with the Rays.

      • Ryan

        You have to think, with the clubhouse atmosphere and coaching staff, that players are gonna start viewing Tampa as a favorable place to spend a couple of years. Hopefully Loney is one of those, looks like Escobar, Peralta, and Rodney definitely are.

        • Joey

          Rodney’s gone chief

          • Ryan

            Well, yeah. I’m thinking more of this offseason, when he was so gung-ho about getting a contract extension.

          • Joey

            I hear ya. It really seems like all our players want to stay here, Price, Upton, Crawford to name a few but the reality of our situation doesn’t allow it. I have some friends that are die hard Philly fans and they can’t believe we let our players walk. I’m always trying to explain it but they never understand.

          • david egbert

            I think McGee is the key to pursuing Rodney or not. If they like McGee as a closer, the choice is easy. It would be made even easier if McGee could develop an off speed pitch that he has confidence in.

          • Joey

            If Rodney will take 5 to 7m/year I say its a no brainer. 5m not going to Roberts and Farns should easily cover the increase. 2 years gives us enough time to find the best in-house solution.

          • david egbert

            I’m thinking the same way with Loney. Hernadez and Niemann will fee up $6 million. Of course, w still haven’t accounted for arbitration on several ball player including Price. More on that later.

          • Joey

            oooooh, I forgot about Niemann… this might actually all work out perfect. I don’t see Price getting any more than a 3m bump. No other significant players are up for arb other than Price so we should be good.

        • david egbert

          Actually, we have Escobar through 2015 at $5 million a year. Peralta is an excellent example of what we are talking about. He is signed through 2017 at $2.5 million a year. They are all options and he has said i will be here as long as you want me.

          • Joey

            Good to know about Escobar. I feel much better about giving up Deitrich to get him.