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Stop the presses ...

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  July 31, 2008 03:51 PM

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... looks like that Jason Bay-to-Tampa Bay deal isn't a done deal after all. MLB.com is backing off a bit from an earlier report. Here's the latest from Jenifer Langosch

"Updating an earlier blog entry, there are conflicting reports about whether or not Bay will in fact be headed to Tampa Bay.

"A short while ago, a source in Pittsburgh corroborated an earlier MLB.com report that Pirates outfielder Jason Bay is likely to be traded to the Rays before 4 p.m. ET this afternoon. As reported earlier, the Pirates are believed to be satisifed with taking shortstop Reid Brignac and pitcher Jeff Niemann in exchange for Bay.

"However, it could be a little more complicated that that. According to another industry source in Pittsburgh, the Rays still are not believed to be offering both Brignac and Niemann. One, it is not known which, is deemed unavailable, along with Wade Davis, David Price and Jeremy Hellickson. A third baseball source also confirmed that no deal sending Bay to Tampa Bay is done as of 15 minutes prior to the deadline.

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