UPDATE, 5:58: Rays expect Anderson and Aguilar to be here in Boston for Thursday game. Sounds like they’re still deciding what to do with Richards, who needs to be stretched back out for starting/bulk duties. ... They will activate McKay tonight in case they need someone for extra innings, otherwise he starts Thursday. They are also trying to get another pitcher here from Durham.
DEVELOPING: The Rays found pitching help right at the trade deadline, making a deal to get reliever Nick Anderson and starter Trevor Richards from the Marlins.
The Rays gave up OF prospect Jesus Sanchez and primary opener Ryne Stanek to get them.
The Rays also traded lefty reliever Adam Kolarek to the Dodgers for minor-league OF Niko Hulsizer and OF prospect Joe McCarthy to the Giants.
Anderson, a 29-year-old rookie, has been racking up strikeouts, with 69 in 43 2/3 innings. He is 2-4, 3.92 in 45 games. Richards is 3-12, 4.50 in 23 games (20 starts) for the Marlins.
Stanek, who has been on the injured list with a hip issue, is 0-2, 3.40 in 41 games, including 27 starts.
Sanchez is considered one of the Rays top prospects, though seemingly the most expendable. He is hitting .206 with 1 homer and 5 RBIs since moving up to Durham.