Other teams have predicted that the Rays would try to make an impactful deal, as they did in 2018, and they have been doing work on closer Edwin Diaz.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2019
- Nerd Power is coming to Tampa Bay and Sogard seems excited for the opportunity.
- And according to some other rumors Nerd Power could be leaving Tampa Bay just as quickly.
- 4 questions Rays need to answer by Deadline - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Rays have 40 man crunch to still address, things they can buy, some things they can shift around, and opportunities to upgrade for now and later.
- What relief is on the way for the Rays? - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Rays are poised to make some moves before Wednesday’s deadline. How big or flashy they are is still up in the air, but it does seem like they will make some move(s).
- Snell has elbow surgery, still eyeing Sept. return - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Some good news from Monday on the reigning AL Cy Young winner.
- Rays Radio with a trade deadline preview:
Around the League
- 7 most likely to move by Wednesday’s Deadline - Richard Justice, MLB.com
- Here’s why Edwin Díaz is still in high demand - Mike Petriello, MLB.com: Edwin Diaz was a lights out closer last year, and was traded for a haul that reflected that this past winter. Now, the Mets might be looking to unload him after a truly dreadful first half, and Mike Petriello makes a good case for why this would be a good time to buy.
- Three Days in Cooperstown - John Trupin, The Hardball Times: Coopsertown is a magical place, and every baseball fan must make the trip at some point. John has a fantastic love letter to baseball’s favorite village.
- Check out Marcus Stroman as a small child winning a prize on Nickelodeon’s “Figure it Out” after Amanda Bynes performed the “Secret Slime Action” and gets slimed. That’s the most 90s sentence I’ve ever written.
- Let’s check in on the Mets after they “hijacked” the trade market with their surprise trade for Marcus Stroman:
Official: The Mets send Jason Vargas and cash to the Phillies for Austin Bossart.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) July 29, 2019
Bossart is a 26-year-old catcher with a .195/.303/.335 slash line in Double-A this year. He is a former college teammate of Bradley Wilpon, Jeff's son.
- Noah Syndergaard has a Twitter bio update...
“Mrs. Met would hate to see me traded.”— SportsNation (@SportsNation) July 29, 2019
Noah Syndergaard in trade deadline mode pic.twitter.com/0R23EDTUtm
- The Missed Phone Call that Changed the Course of Mariners History - Amanda Lane, Lookout Landing: A wild “What If?” story of what could have been had the GM of the Mariners been in town and by a telephone at the trade deadline.