Don’t look now, but the Rays are still hanging around. Tampa Bay isn’t just in position to earn the first Wild Card at this point. They’re also still challenging Boston at just two games back. The Rays already pulled off a trade to improve their defense at shortstop by acquiring Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami.
They look to be not done yet. The big buzz is the Rays are looking specifically for a lefty bullpen arm. They’ve reportedly scouted Justin Wilson (Detroit) and Tony Watson (Pittsburgh). Teams are inquiring about what it could take to acquire Jerry Blevins according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
I don’t see the Mets parting with Blevins because of his team option for next season. Plus, he’s been one of the few mainstays in what has otherwise been a rough bullpen. The Rays do have the pieces though if they come over the top with a deal that’s too good to turn down. Tampa Bay has a farm system that ranked 10th according to MLBPipeline.com.
Tampa Bay could also be in on the Reed sweepstakes. The Rays are looking to improve on a bullpen that is 20th in the league in ERA and 17th in batting average against. Reed has taken off as the season has gone along. He has given up just two walks and two runs since the beginning of June (16.0 IP).
The Rays and Mets’ trade history is next to none. The last time the two teams dealt with each other was in 2004 when the Mets shipped Scott Kazmir and Joselo Diaz to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato.
The likelihood of any of these scenarios happening is obviously difficult to predict. These are just a few of many other options that may present themselves to Sandy Alderson within the next 12 days.