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"Slim Chance" Rays Make Any Big Deals

Contrary to popular belief Ken Rosenthal of says there's a "slim chance" the Rays make any big trades before July 31.

Furthermore, Rosenthal says.

  • The Rays are gauging interest on left-hander Scott Kazmir.
  • The Rays trying to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox are being proactive and creative.
  • The biggest problem the Rays face is payroll flexibility, which is a major issue when trying to acquire Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee or Victor Martinez.
  • Halladay has told several Tampa Bay players that he would waive his no-trade clause to play for the Rays.
  • The Blue Jays consider the Rays one of the most attractive suitors for Halladay.
  • It's not inconceivable that the Rays would consider trading one of their high payroll players (i.e. Scott Kazmir) to clear space for a big deal.
  • Teams often ask about Carl Crawford, but Rosenthal says there is zero percent chance he gets traded.