Jul 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA;Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) throws to first during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Who Could the Rays Be About to Acquire?

The MLB Trade Deadline is now less than five hours away, and the Rays are about to do something. What is happening? At this point, we really don’t know. A few minutes ago, we discussed how the Rays might do a contender-to-contender trade of Kelly Johnson, Matt Joyce, or Sean Rodriguez, a move that may seem like selling but would in reality be a chance for the Rays to get future value and lose negligible value from their major league roster if the right offer came along. But what if the Rays are instead using at least one of those three as part of a blockbuster trade? In lieu of any actual information, let’s look at the players in the trade rumors and see who could be a posible fit.

Cliff Lee: Lee just makes too much money. It isn’t happening even if the Rays were willing to deal big-time prospects, which they’re probably not.

Alex Rios: At least we’re talking something semi-feasible, but no. He only has a 101 OPS+ this year and is signed for next year at $13 million if he’s traded. Rios would be the highest-paid player on the team and maybe the 12th or 13th best.

Ian Kennedy: The Rays just faced him and he was mediocre, but more importantly, he’s not that great and made $4,265,000 his first time through arbitration. No chance.

Nate Schierholtz: He’s an older version of Joyce making less money. It would be funny to swap the two, but it would be extremely surprising if it happened.

David DeJesus: He’s having a nice year, but he wouldn’t add anything to the Rays outfield.

Bud Norris: There’s a mystery team going after Norris. Is there any chance it’s the Rays? The chances are extremely small, but I don’t think it would be the craziest thing in the world. If the Rays didn’t like Alex Cobb‘s prognosis and were willing to trade some of their Triple-A arms (Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome), they could make the deal happen. That being said, the chances of this happening are about one in a million.

Mike Morse: Morse would give the Rays a big right-handed bat, but where do you put him? The most reasonable trade would be something like a Morse for Johnson swap, but the Mariners aren’t contending.

Howie Kendrick: He can play second base, first base, and the outfield, he’s signed for the next two years at $18.85 million, not the highest salary in the entire world, and he’s having a really nice year. He’s not the worst fit for the Rays. But I don’t think Joyce, Rodriguez, and Johnson would be very appealing for the non-contending Angels unless they have completely lost their minds, and I doubt the Rays would give up top prospects for Kendrick.

Raul Ibanez: He’s having a great year, but how much better is he than Luke Scott and where do you put him?

Justin Morneau: He’s not having a great year and can only play first base and DH. He’s a prime target for the Rays, but in free agency, not right now.

That’s all the names I can think of off the top of my head. If the Rays are acquiring a big name, who could it possibly be? We’re just giong to have to wait and see.

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9 Comments on MLB Trade Rumors: Who Could the Rays Be About to Acquire?

  1. Joey says:

    What if its David Price to the Twins for Morneau and Sano.

  2. Joey says:

    What do we do with Morse if its him? Platoon DH? Would be nice but I remember he went to Seattle because he wanted to play the field. He’s awful in the field not a fit unless he wants to DH only.

    • Robbie_Knopf says:

      Scott has no platoon split this year. Why would you sit him? Basically you’d be replacing Rodriguez, but that Morse for Rodriguez swap doesn’t work for anyone.

      • Joey says:

        Yeah I know but the only reason why we would go for Morse is his bat. He doesn’t fit anywhere for us in the field and never ever will. Can’t you see Maddon going nuts with 2 DH’s. Morse vs all lefties and Luke vs all righties. We give up Roberts/SRod and maybe an arm.

        • Robbie_Knopf says:

          Why would you give up all that for a contract-year player? You’re losing flexibility for a moderate offensive gain that may be canceled out by his defensive misgivings. It’s not happening.

          • Joey says:

            Not both Roberts and SRod just one of the two. Especially if its Roberts who has no spot on the team. Neither of them have sniffed an average close to .290 and Morse has just 2 years ago. I’m only in favor of this if its at a DH capacity, otherwise not a good fit. But if we’re gonna have a guy on the bench who can pinch hit late (like Hinske) and DH part time, I wouldn’t mind it if costs us Roberts or Srod. No arm should be added I take that back.

          • Robbie_Knopf says:

            Rodriguez’s value is too high and Roberts is of no use to a non-contender.

          • Joey says:

            BTW, I think our biggest disagreement comes when the topic is about now or the future. You seem to not want to jeopardize any future assets regardless of the gains. Where as, I’m also conservative, but realize that our window will not stay open like this forever and the time to shake is now. They can’t pull Loney/Rodney/Johnson type moves out of their hat every year and expect to win it all. The move they made this week along with this rumor suggests Freidman and Co. are thinking the same.

          • Robbie_Knopf says:

            If they were all-in, they would be doing a lot more than this. That’s not the way they operate and it will be a long time before they change. Prospects are everything to the Rays because they’re the cheap controllable players that have to be the backbone of the team year after year.

            On Morse and DeJesus, I just don’t know why you give up any sort of real value for a very marginal benefit the rest of the year. The Rays don’t need anything else for a World Series run this year, and it doesn’t make sense for them to get too cute and risk losing future value for something that will barely make any difference at all.

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