Rays rumblings 

July, 26, 2008
The Phillies and Rays were the two runners-up to Los Angeles in the bidding on Casey Blake, according to sources with knowledge of those negotiations. But neither team was willing to meet the Indians' price of one high-ceiling prospect and one secondary prospect closer to the big leagues. Both teams made multiplayer offers, but Cleveland preferred the Dodgers' package -- and informed all three teams of that decision Saturday morning.

Rays may look in-house
Like the Mets, the Rays also had Blake and Nady at the top of their offensive shopping list. With both already gone, it now appears that Tampa Bay is more likely to call up outfielder Justin Ruggiano -- and, eventually, Rocco Baldelli -- than it is to make a trade for a right-handed bat before the deadline.

It's believed the Rays have bounced around Mark Teixeira's name. But their game plan was to add a right-handed hitter who also could play right field, so acquiring the switch-hitting Teixeira would mean either using him as a designated hitter or shifting their current first baseman, Carlos Pena, to DH.

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