Upton market shifts with Beltran, Rasmus deals
Several moves being made today by other teams will likely shape the Rays' actions over the final days before Sunday's 4 p.m. deadline for non-waiver deals.
With the Rays working toward an expected trade of CF B.J. Upton, two of the other top outfielders on the market have already been moved, eliminating several options for the Rays. Carlos Beltran, the top OF available, is reportedly headed from the Mets to the Giants, and Colby Rasmus - whom the Rays reportedly had interest in acquiring, presumably after dealing Upton, went from the Cardinals to the Jays. That leaves Upton as the only centerfielder on the market, though Houston's Hunter Pence is among other available outfielders.
ESPN's Buster Olney reported on Twitter that the Rays offered the Cardinals one of their starting pitchers - RHP Jeff Niemann, RHP Wade Davis or RHP Alex Cobb. (His tweet: It'll be interesting to see what STL gets for Rasmus, because sources say Cards were offered one of three TB SP: Niemann, Davis,Cobb.)
The Cardinals ended up instead with ex-Ray Edwin Jackson, who came via the White Sox as two multi-player deals were linked.
With the Giants out of the mix, the Rays options for moving Upton would seem to most likely involve the Braves (who have an additional need to make a deal with C Brian McCann's bat out of their lineup for a while due to injury), the Indians (who were reportedly shunned by Beltran), the Nationals (who have long coveted him and whom the Rays have been scouting closely), along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds.