Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Whole lotta nothin’ going on
Posted Jul 31, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Jul 31, 2009 at 02:57 PM
Good afternoon from the Trop, where the lights just flickered on but didn’t shed any new insight on anything the Rays might have cooking as we get down to an hour before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Now that Victor Martinez is reportedly headed to Boston, it’s all but a lock that the Rays’ biggest hope for an added impact player over the final two months is the guy who’s running the stairs in the lower bowl down the first-base line right now: Pat Burrell.
Maybe the Rays go get a reliever to throw into their bullpen in the next hour, and Seattle’s Mark Lowe has been mentioned in reports today. But other than that, it appears this will be another quiet July 31.
Anyone who’s surprised by this hasn’t been paying attention. Of course the Rays made inquiries on basically everyone thought to be available and even some who weren’t—Joel Sherman tweeted earlier that they asked the Mariners about Felix Hernandez and were swiftly told to take a hike—that’s just the way they do business. But as always, their resources are finite, and it would have had to be a situation where they found the exact right fit both in terms of prospects going the other way and finding a way to handle incoming salary for them to make a blockbuster-type deal.
So we’ll wait out the next hour, knowing Andrew Friedman never rests, but by all appearances at this point, anything the Rays do today will be of the “Oh, by the way” variety.