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With the Red Sox and Rays in the Cellar, MLB Scouts Flock to the Trop

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Friday's starters, Jon Lester and David Price, have both drawn great interest around the league with the trade deadline less than a week away. Chris O'Meara/AP

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:

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.

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