Rays trade deadline update: Moore, Pearce, Guyer all traded
UPDATE, 4:21: The Rays traded LHP Matt Moore to the Giants for a package headlined by INF Matt Duffy and INF Steve Pearce to the Orioles for minor-league C Jonah Heim.
UPDATE, 2:55: The Rays have made one deal, trading OF Brandon Guyer to the Indians for two minor-leaguers, OF Nathan Luke and RHP Jhonleider Salinas. They are still talking with 3-4 team on their pitchers. Archer is unlikely to go unless something unexpected presents. Nothing close yet on Pearce.
Here is what the Rays provided on the new minor-leaguers:
Lukes, 22, is batting .299/.369/.444 (109-for-365) with 22 doubles, eight triples, five home runs and 33 RBI in 94 games this season between Class-A Lake County and Class-A Lynchburg. He hit .301/.375/.453 (103-for-342) in 89 games with Lake County and ranked among Midwest League leaders in slugging percentage (ninth), on-base plus slugging (.829, sixth), hits (10th), extra-base hits (34, 10th), triples (8, tied for second) and runs scored (54, ninth) at the time of his July 27 promotion to the Carolina League. The left-handed hitter ranks seventh among Indians minor leaguers in batting average. Lukes was selected by the Indians in the seventh round of the 2015 June Draft out of Cal State Sacramento and remains the program's all-time leader in hits (244).
Salinas, 20, has gone 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA (30-IP, 11-ER) and 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings in nine games (four starts) with the Rookie-level Arizona League Indians this season. He ranks among AZL leaders in ERA (10th) and strikeouts (38, third). He was signed as a free agent out of Venezuela in 2015. Over parts of two minor league seasons, he is 5-4 with a 2.93 ERA (70.2-IP, 23-ER) in 23 appearances (13 starts).
UPDATE, 1:17: If the Dodgers are out - and that is not certain - wonder if the Rangers don't become most motivated team to get a P from Rays. And Profar would be a good fit for Rays at SS if they wanted to go that way.
UPDATE, 1:10: The Dodgers made that deal without giving up their elite prospects, so talks with the Rays are still possible. Going to Oakland are Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton.
UPDATE, 12:59: The Dodgers are making moves without the Rays, acquiring a starter, in Rich Hill, and a bat, in Josh Reddick, from the A's for several prospects.
UPDATE, 12:32: Fully expect Pearce to be traded by the deadline, but the Rays are still talking with 5-6 teams about all their starting pitchers, and have yet to get an offer they consider worthwhile. Should be in an interesting final few hours. Also get the sense that with the right deal(s), the Rays would trade two of their starters.
UPDATE, 11:10: Even the rumors about the Rays have been quiet this morning, outside of expected reports that teams such as the Dodgers are still seeking their pitching. That's part of the Rays strategy in keeping their plans - and options - under wraps.
It still seems as if the possibilty of getting Sale could be holding up teams from committing to one of the Rays pitchers. Another team to add to the mix could be the Astros, who reportedly are seeking another starter.
An interesting tidbit from Fox's Ken Rosenthal was that the Dodgers were in the mix for C Jonathan Lucroy on Sunday, with the likely intention of flipping him to another team. Could that have been the Rays, in a deal for a pitcher?
UPDATE, 9:38: One interesting, though not necessarily complicating and certainly not limiting, factor for the Rays to consider is that Archer is slated to start tonight vs. the Royals. If he is traded, they would turn likely to RHP Matt Andriese, who threw two innings on Saturday. .... Another element to consider today is that OF Desmond Jennings was back in the clubhouse Sunday rather than continuing his rehab, which would seem to make him an option to be activated if Pearce is traded, as expected.
DEVELOPING: With today's 4 p.m. deadline for nonwaiver trades approaching, the Rays are still talking with a number of teams about several players — and may keep doing so until close to the end.
The dearth of available starting pitching and the number of contenders with needs puts them in a position of power, as they have had inquiries on all four starters — Chris Archer, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly.
The Dodgers, Giants, Pirates and Rangers have been considered the teams most interested, though the Blue Jays, Cubs, Marlins and White Sox have also been scouting the Rays a lot.
Moore is considered the most likely to go, based on both his recent success and his contract status, as he has either a $7-million option or $2.5-million buyout for 2017. Archer, who is on a team friendly deal that keeps him under control through 2021, would bring a bigger return.
One complicating factor may be the White Sox's decision in whether to trade ace Chris Sale, who is obviously of interest to the same teams considering the Rays starters.
They also are expected to trade INF Steve Pearce, who is on a one-year deal and is seen as a valuable bench piece for a contender.
While you're waiting for news, here is our coverage from today's Tampa Bay Times along with stories from last week on the Rays history of trading starting pitchers, and why they shouldn't even consider trading 3B Evan Longoria.