With the final week of July upon us, the trade season – or more appropriate “trade rumor” season – has arrived, with less than a week until the July 31 MLB trade deadline, where teams with World Series aspirations look for that missing piece that can propel them over the top in the race for a world championship.
Both the Red Sox and Rays, buyers at last year’s trade deadline, are currently sitting near the basement of the American League, and with that in mind, scouts from around the league were on hand for Friday’s matchup at Tropicana Field, according to media reports:
There are scouts from at least 17 teams in the Trop tonight. Royals, Giants, Pirates all have two. Phillies are here, as well— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 25, 2014
FWIW, Phillies have their top talent evaluator on hand to watch Red Sox-Rays.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) July 25, 2014
ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes also reported that representatives from the Marlins were in attendance, but those looking for hope of a Giancarlo Stanton deal will be out of luck, as a major league source says he is unavailable.
Jon Lester and David Price, Friday’s starters for the Sox and Rays, have both received plenty of attention in trade circles, as either would be an immediate boost to a pitching staff looking for another ace. Both starters were 10-7 entering Friday’s game and were in the top-6 for strikeouts in the American League.
Other Red Sox players who have drawn interest on the trade market include Jake Peavy, Jonny Gomes, Andrew Miller, Stephen Drew, and Junichi Tazawa.