Random Trade Speculation Begins Early for Rays

We haven't even reached June and there is already talks of potential trades, albeit pure speculation. Gordon Edes from our official partner, Yahoo! Sports gets us started with two trades that may sound like a good idea to him, but not to me or probably any of you.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who just placed closer Troy Percival on the disabled list and are anticipating his retirement after one too many injuries, need a closer.

 A logical trading partner for Tampa Bay would be the Astros because Jose Valverde is a year away from free agency, but that’s assuming Astros owner Drayton McLane would commence on a long-overdue rebuilding plan. Houston would probably ask for Wade Davis, Tampa Bay’s best pitching prospect after David Price.

Valverde is 30, hurt, and owed the rest of his  $8 million dollar salary in 2009. Even before the injury he was ineffecive (6.41 FIP) and allowed three home runs in just eight innings. For Wade Davis? Yea, pass.

The other name he mentions is Mark DeRosa, you know the guy who crushed one off Matt Garza last night. Edes suggest DeRosa could fill the second base void left by Akinori Iwamura, but is there really a void when you have Willy Aybar and Ben Zobrist? Not to mention Reid Brignac when Jason Bartlett returns. DeRosa is a nice role player, but he's making $5.5 million this year and he has a career UZR of -12 at second base...again, pass.

With the Rays hovering around .500 the rumors are only going to be more numerous and more ridiculous than years past.

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