Rays hunker down to deal at Deadline
Talks of acquiring Bay from Bucs swirl, but Price is off-limits
TORONTO -- Prior to the start of Wednesday afternoon's contest against the Blue Jays, Joe Maddon said the possibility of the Rays making a deal before Thursday's trade deadline is "a solid 50-50."
The Rays manager said he spoke to Andrew Friedman, the Rays' executive vice president of baseball operations, Wednesday morning.
"There are actually some things on the table," Maddon said. "Very interesting stuff, actually. I mean really interesting. ... I just talked to him this morning and he ran some scenarios by me that I felt were really interesting. And we'll see."
In the past, Friedman has made deals nobody saw coming. Last year, Friedman sent third baseman Ty Wigginton to the Astros for reliever Dan Wheeler. Maddon was asked if the scenarios discussed by Friedman on Wednesday morning were deals that have been speculated upon in the rumor mill.
"This one's been under the umbrella of speculation," Maddon said. "I think I read it somewhere."
And the Rays could make more than one deal.
"It could be multiple [deals]," Maddon said. "Believe me, [Friedman is] working very hard. He gets hunkered down and it's 'forget about it.'"
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that the Rays and Pirates are working on a deal that would send right-handed-hitting outfielder Jason Bay to the Rays for multiple prospects -- but not top prospect David Price.
The Rays have scored just 51 runs in their last 19 games, and the addition of a right-handed bat in the middle of their lineup is what most feel would help create more runs. Bay is under contract for 2009 at $7.5 million.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.