Tampa Bay Rays Trade Deadline Hub

The 2010 Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is imminent. The Tampa Bay Rays, being major players in the American League playoff hunt have been active in rumors for a while... We'll be covering the deadline and how it affects the Rays here.

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Trade Deadline Wrap-Up: Chad Qualls

As always, DRaysBay has the best look at the trades that went down didn’t go down for the Rays. Steve Slowinski writes:

I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed… Just like the last few years, though, the Rays talked to everyone, but didn’t pull the trigger on a big trade. They acquired Chad Qualls, but they didn’t get the big bat that we wanted for the middle of the line-up. Disappointed? Yeah, that’s me.

Still, the Rays have earned the second best record in baseball, with the players they’ve had all year. Their competitors didn’t do much, either. The Red Sox (Jarrod Saltalamacchia) did not make a significant upgrade, while the Yankees did what the Yankees do – grabbed three players who may or may not help, just because they can.

We’ll see how it all pans out, but I still like the Rays’ chances.

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Hellickson Called Up

Not a trade, but a roster move; RHP Jeremy Hellickson will be called up from the AAA Durham Bulls and will start Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. A corresponding roster move to accommodate Hellickson’s spot on the roster will be announced later. The Rays regular starting pitching rotation will be pushed back one day. Manager Joe NMaddon says Hellickson is not joining the rotation, that this is merely designed to give the regular starters an extra day of rest. After Monday’s game, Hellickson is expected to return to Durham where he is 12-3 with an ERA of 2.45, 123 strikeouts and 35 walks in 117.2 innings (21 games, all starts) this season.

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Rays Acquire Chad Qualls From Arizona Diamondbacks

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired relief pitcher Chad Qualls from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player-to-be-named-later.

Qualls is expected to be at Tropicana Field tonight for the 2nd game between the Rays and the Yankees.

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