Report: Tampa Bay Rays to Hold Off on Trades Until Last 48 Hours of Deadline


Jul 3, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist (18) in the field against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays will wait until the final 48 hours leading up to the trade deadline to decide if they will make any moves according to Peter Gammons.

With the Rays’ recent turnaround on the field, general manager Andrew Friedman appears to be holding off for now on any trades.

Gammons was on Dennis & Callahan Monday and had this to say:

"“They actually can keep thinking, ‘We have a chance.’ I know this: Tampa Bay really thinks it has a chance. Now their pitching has come back together again, I talked to people in Seattle who thought they were very close to a deal for Ben Zobrist and they said the Rays pulled back the last couple of days because they want to take it right down to the last 48 hours before the deadline.”"

In a separate article, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggests that the Cubs should be the team to trade for Price and bring him to the South Side of Chicago.

Furthermore, Buster Olney of ESPN says that the Mariners, Dodgers and Cardinals are in the best position to acquire David Price in a trade.

Finally, in possibly the most obscene trade rumor in recent memory, the St. Louis Cardinals are apparently playing MLB: The Show in real life as they have “kicked around” the idea of acquiring not just Price, but also Evan Longoria.

Ludicrous. Unfathomable. Not happening.