The Tampa Bay Rays are a team that has been involved in a variety of MLB trade rumors as we make our way to the deadline, but it does not sound as if the team is planning on making any major moves.
Perhaps that’s just what the media wants.
Executive vice president Andrew Friedman sounds as if the team is always looking to improve, but is very, very confident in the roster the team already has in place (per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times):
“We are always looking to improve, and between now and Wednesday, we’re going to do everything we can to do that,” executive vice president Andrew Friedman said Saturday. “But I can’t overstate our confidence in the team that we have. This is a tremendous group of guys, and the worst thing we can do is to feel pressure to make a move just for its own sake.”
“In our situation, we always have to keep one eye on the future. Our goal is to sustain success year in and year out, and that’s always on our minds as we look at the market,” he said. “But we don’t take lightly where we are in the standings, and we’re certainly focused on winning the AL East. So if something lines up, we will be aggressive to do something that furthers that pursuit.”
The Rays are focused on the present and future, but feel the roster has enough to take the AL East. That’s a fair assumption with pitcher Chris Archer leading the way.
Right now the Rays are in a good position and do not need to act as buyers or sellers. If something amazing comes up, expect the Rays to pounce like any smart decision makers would.
Just don’t expect anything to come up between now and the deadline.
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