With obvious needs for bullpen help and a right-handed bat, Rays executives are expectedly busy in advance of Wednesday’s trade deadline.
Manager Kevin Cash claimed to know no details but said Sunday morning they are working hard.
"I don’t have specifics,'' he said before the game vs. the Blue Jays. "I know we’re in, I’ve said this fairly consistently, there are so many teams that are right in the thick of things, I think a lot of the same guys are being called on right now.
"It comes down to a little bit of a negotiation war, a bidding war, who’s going to offer up the best. But I can assure you our guys are doing everything, doing their due diligence, of exploring every avenue to improve. Not just our bullpen, but if there’s somebody out there that can improve our club, they’re going to look to do it.''
The Rays were among the teams interested in lefty reliever Jake Diekman, who was traded Saturday from the Royals to the A’s. They were not believed to have interest in bringing back former closer Sergio Romo, who was traded Saturday from the Marlins to the Twins.