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Rays Trade Rumors: with Steve Pearce signing, Cubs trade could be imminent

Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist
Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays are just a passed physical away from signing local product and veteran utility man Steve Pearce to a one year. Pearce can serve many roles for the Rays, however, there's just one problem.

The Rays currently have a full 40-man roster.

This is the same problem that cost them two prospects during the Rule V Draft in December, so the players they have are surely valuable and worth keeping around. In order to make the Pearce signing official, the Rays will have clear a spot.

Enter the Cubs, who so happened to sign the lovable Munenori Kawasawki earlier today.

That signing brought about this speculation:

The Cubs and Rays have been connected all winter, so could a trade finally be on?the horizon? Or, could the Rays possibly be in talks with another team to possibly off-load James Loney.

We don't yet know, but we're going to find out.