Trade deadline update: No deals (updated 4:01)
UPDATE, 4:10: Annual reminder inserted here, that trades can still be made after today's deadline but those players need to clear waivers first. The Rays have actually been busier in that window during the Andrew Friedman regime, acquiring RHP Chad Bradford in 2008 and Gregg Zaun in 2009 and making the Scott Kazmir trade in 2009.
UPDATE, 4:01: No deals for the Rays as the deadline passes.
UPDATE, 3:30: Sounds quiet again on Rays front as deadline approaches.
UPDATE, 2:17: The Rays are talking about enough things that there may be a deal yet today. But a trade with the Rangers (ie, involving Shields) remains unlikely.
UPDATE, 2:05: Still relatively quiet, though ESPN/SiriusXM's Jim Bowden reported the Rangers, seeking pitching help, made what sounds like a cursory check back with the Rays - "circling back to kick the tires - on James Shields. But if the Rangers stick with their stated position of not giving up any of their blue-chip prospects, that seems quite unlikely to happen. Besides the fact that the Rays have no pitcher for tonight.
BREAKING: With less than nine hours since last night's game ended and less than four hours until the deadline for nonwaiver trades, things are still relatively quiet from the Rays perspective.
With a surplus of pitching and their lack of production of shortstop and catcher most glaring, the Rays are expected to spend the final few hours as they've spent most of the last week, in a large number of discussions but unlikely to make a deal.
One catcher was traded last night, with the Rangers getting Geovany Soto from the Cubs, for Double-A pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named later or cash. To make room, the Rangers designated for assignment Yorvit Torrealba (so maybe he could be a low-end pick up for the Rays).
Among middle infielders that are being talked about by other teams, Arizona's Stephen Drew is an interesting name, though he has a history of injuries.
For the Rays, the question seems to be whether the potential upgrades are significant enough to give up the required assests now, or bank on the return of injured hitters Evan Longoria and Luke Scott and hang on to their pitching and prospects for future use.