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Rays "Investigating" Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee

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So much for quiet on the trade rumors front:

Ken Rosenthal

  • The Rays are engaged in a whirlwind of activity, investigating Lee, Halladay and numerous other options — "major, major stuff," according to one source.

    Payroll flexibility remains a significant obstacle, and the Rays might need to move left-hander Scott Kazmir or another high-priced player to clear room for a major acquisition.

  • There are no indications, however, that the Rays are discussing trades involving Kazmir, who is earning $6 million this season, $8 million in 2010 and $12 million in '11 with a $13.5 million or $2.5 million buyout for '12.

    More on the Rays and the interest in Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee tomorrow a.m.