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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Trade Deadline-O-Rama

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Trades and rumors of trades. The big fish is still Max Scherzer

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Rays rally against the Yankees last night came up a little short, as they went down 4-3. They hook up again tonight at 7. Michael Wacha gets the start against the magnificent mustache of Nestor Cortes.

Look at that thing. It’s glorious.


Shane McClanahan talks about some adjustments he’s made.

Adding Nelson Cruz is an unequivocal win, but it has led to shuffling in the rest of the lineup.

Manuel Margot returned to the active roster last night. To make room, Sean Poppin was optioned.

Adam Berry says the Rays aren’t done making moves yet.

Other moves around the league:

The Yankees got mediocre reliever Clay Holmes from the Pirates for minor league infielders Diego Castillo (no, not that one) and Hoy Jun Park. Bold move!

The A’s got pretty good reliever Andrew Chafin from the Cubs for minor league outfielder Greg Deichmann and minor league right-hander Daniel Palencia.

Kendall Graveman goes from the Mariners to the Astros.

The trade did not go over well in the Mariners dugout.

Not long after dealing Graveman, the Ms had a deal for Tyler Anderson from Pittsburgh after the Bucs deal with Philly fell through.

The Yankees continued to revamp their roster, sending Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Reds for — um — some magic beans?

The big fish, Max Scherzer, is still out there. Rosenthal with a thorough rundown on Max.

We may not know where Max is going just yet, but we’re pretty sure one place he’s not going: The Yankees.

Unfortunately, he’s not likely headed for St. Pete either, as he is said to strongly prefer the West Coast.

Hey! Max! Florida has a West Coast!

The Ms expanded the ranks of women in front offices by hiring Caries Griggs as President of Business Operations.

In case you missed it, Joon Lee broke a big and important story over the weekend on the plight of minor leaguers. One (among many) of the things that makes this a real bombshell is the players interviewed were willing to go on record.

Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended through August 6th. The Pasadena police and Major League Baseball continue to investigate Bauer after a woman alleged he sexually assaulted her.

Brendan McKay and Nick Anderson are making progress at the Florida Complex League.

Some excellent promos for this weekend.

And that T-shirt? It’s almost as amazing as Nestor Cortes’s mustache.

Baseball is back in the Olympics.

Fangraphs latest power rankings. Rays are fifth.

Lastly, a palate cleanse. This doggo is living her best life.