Friedman on trade market, possibilities, etc.
Executive VP Andrew Friedman spent about 10 minutes discussing the trade market before Monday's game. And while he didn't say whether or not the Rays will make a deal by Saturday's deadline, he shared some insight into how the look at things, and what type of player - at least generally - they are looking for.
On their approach:
"It's always a busy time of year. ... Standard business. ... We try to operate in as stealthy of a manner as possible. ... Go back and look at a lot of the deals we have done, and most of them were not reported beforehand. ... Our favorite approach is the sneak attack.''
On feeling the need to make a deal:
“I look at it that we have a very good team right now, and if we can find a deal that makes us better and does so by using some of our depth, great. But I guess the challenge of navigating this week is to not make a move for the sake of making a move; doing something that fits us, that will have an impact on us and significantly improve our chances. If it doesn’t do that, I guess like anything else it comes down to acquisition costs. But if you’re not giving up much than I’m okay with a move that doesn’t necessarily increase your chances in a meaningful way as long as it’s a role that fits us, but for the most part, we tend to focus on those types of moves in August than July.”
On what type of player they are seeking:
“I think for the most part our focus has been on adding guys that can really impact our roster. And this year it’s more limited than it was in ’08 and ’09 in terms of guys who fit that description, at least the way we look at it. So we’re working hard not to create the illusion of that player and make sure that it’s someone that we really want. And there are guys who fit that description. Hopefully we’ll be able to do something that makes us better, but only time will tell.”
On whether they'd consider a "rent-a-player" who leaves in October, or want someone who they can control for a while:
“There are some thyat we’re looking at that we'd control short-term and some that we’d control longer. Obviously, it just gets into the type of player, what we’re giving up. All those things factor in. But we’re open-minded to either.”
On what makes an "impact" player:
“If it’s a pitcher someone that helps us on the run-prevention side in a meaningful way, so whoever it's replacing on the roster, it’s not just rearranging the deck chairs, it’s a meaningful difference in the way that we look at it over a two-month period. Obviously, you can’t know for sure and things play out in different ways over a two-month period of time, but that we feel like has a good chance of doing that. And on the offensive side, someone that we feel like is a very additive player and depending on whose at-bats it’s coming at the expense of, what the net effect is.”
On the likelihood of seeing top prospects RHP Jeremy Hellickson and OF Desmond Jennings this season?
“I think we have really good players in Triple A that I wouldn’t be surprised if they help us win games in 2010. Whether it’s in September or in August, I don’t know yet. I wouldn't say it's going to be in the next five days, so we can say August or September. We'll get through this trade deadline and assess the depth that we have and how it may fit for us going forward, but I guess that helps us some because it allows us to focus on a higher caliber of player on the trade market because of the depth we have in house.”