Keep in mind, sometimes deals trickle in after the deadline that had to pass through the front office and such, but it appears that Chad Qualls is the only acquisition for the Rays at this deadline. The good news, that is one more acquisition than the club has made the past two deadlines but the bad news is the club did not address the offense. I would expect Andrew Friedman to make some kind of statement saying the club was very active in talks all day long but in the end, felt that they would get better results from calling up players such as Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson, and even Dan Johnson than they would in trading for new faces while giving up pieces of the future. There is certainly some merit to that type of statement but it was a painful sell to the fanbase in 2008 and 2009 so I do not expect it to go down any easier in 2010. That said, if they were to announce in the next 24 hours that two of those three players were being promoted, this would be a very successful trade deadline day. Until then, there is definitely much to debate about the perceived lack of inaction without knowing what went on behind closed doors.
If the Rays do not sneak a deal in, then the only acquisition of the day will be adding a reliever with a 8.30 ERA to the bullpen which is sure to play very well on message boards and talk radio on Monday. The early returns on Twitter are rather entertaining:
- rays have lied to me
- Will Ohman? Chad Qualls? Yeah, they’re good for another 5,000 or so butts in the seats. Donde esta Manny?
- The only thing the #Rays did was trade for a RP who has a 8.00 ERA? alright.
- Still a little time left, but wondering if Sternberg’s “gut feeling” was just a smoke screen
- Ridiculous RT @WAD1980 Awesome so the#Yankees add Berkman, Kearns and Wood. The #Rays add Qualls