The Rays, who currently sit 6.5 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees and have struggled in recent weeks, are poised to both buy and sell at the upcoming trade deadline, according to a baseball source. The team is expected to be "cautious buyers who will pick spots" and "aren't opposed to selling some pieces" if another team is willing to pay a premium.
If the Rays are willing to sell, the veterans who are the most likely to be moved are David DeJesus, John Jaso and Kevin Jepsen, according to a source. Multiple teams have reached out with interest in the team's controllable starters (Nathan Karns, Erasmo Ramirez and Alex Colome) and relievers (Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee), though the Rays would have to be overwhelmed to part with any of those arms.
As buyers, Tampa could look to upgrade offensively, with plenty of hitters available on the open market. A rental would be considered unlikely due to the team's current status in the standings and young core of productive players. Adding a catcher is not out of the question, with Rene Rivera and Curt Casali currently being the club's best options. A significant addition is unlikely at this point.