Rays Whispers...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Rays currently have the best record in baseball. The pitching is doing their job and the hitting is coming through at the right times. Maybe it is the year for the Tampa Bay Rays, they certainly have been patient enough. Rumors are spreading across the country that the Rays may break their status quo and make a trade for a big name player. CC Sabathia's name has come as one possible option for the Rays, but would he make a significant difference? Sabathia is 6-8 with a 3.79 ERA so far this season, but he would probably cost the Rays a top prospect or two. He is a free agent at the end of the season though and will probably ask for Johan Santana money. The Rays are in place to invest that kind of money in a player like Sabathia.

The Rays are also interested in pitcher Brian Fuentes. Adding Fuentes would help at the closer spot while Percival is down, but he would also help in the playoffs when Percival returns. He is experienced in the later innings and could be the player in the bullpen that makes all the difference.

3 comments:

Bucky, NY 8:46 PM CDT  

Why would they trade away their young talent for a rental, unless they are going for it just this year. Long term, not going to happen, he is major market bound.

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Anonymous 10:44 AM CDT  

Interesting... The Rays are a small-market team that builds by trading established players for prospects. Will they gamble it all in '08 by reversing that strategy and trading their prospects for a proven veteran? I don't think they can afford Sabathia long-term, so what will they be willing to give up to get him for half a season?