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It is July 31st, 2017, the MLB Trade Deadline will officially come to pass at 4pm EST.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

It is July 31st, 2017, the MLB Trade Deadline will officially come to pass at 4pm EST.

The Rays, so far, may be the most active team of the deadline season as they’ve made several notable acquisitions with Adeiny Hechavarria and Trevor Plouffe being brought in, just over a month ago, as well as four moves made over the past week.

Rays moves so far

7/28 - Acquired RHP Steve Cishek from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Erasmo Ramirez

7/27 - Acquired 1B Lucas Duda from the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Drew Smith

7/27 - Acquired LHP Dan Jennings from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for 1B Casey Gillaspie

7/22 - Acquired RHP Sergio Romo from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations

6/26 - Acquired SS Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins in exchange for OF Braxton Lee and RHP Ethan Clark

6/17 - Acquired 1B Trevor Plouffe from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations

What to watch for

Despite all the trades thus far, the Rays are reportedly still on the look for extra bullpen help as well as an extra bat to the lineup. They were in on both JD Martinez and Howie Kendrick, before losing out to other clubs.

There are several notable players who could all be with new clubs by the end of the day with Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish being the most coveted starting pitchers, but both would take a steep price. Meanwhile, almost any reliever from any non-contending team is likely on the market.

Article to be updated throughout the day

Update - 8:05 AM

We have our first completed trade of the day and it was for one of the most coveted relief pitchers on the market

Update - 9:10 AM

Slow developing morning thus far, but just a quick trip around the beats

Update - 10:30 AM

Rumors are beginning to swirl, as the talks continue

Update - 10:50 AM

We have our first trade (not yet official) but it seems the Boston Red Sox are adding a great bullpen arm. The Orioles meanwhile, may move one of their own.

Update - 12:15 PM

Not much has happened since the Red Sox acquired Addison Reed (still not official), although things can change quickly.

Update - 1:20 PM

Things are starting to pick up slightly, but still, it has been a relatively quiet deadline thus far

Update - 2:00 PM

A couple of deals have gone down in the past half hour

Update - 3:05 PM

The Yankees have finally gotten their man, reportedly acquiring Sonny Gray

Update - 3:50 PM

Just 10 minutes left