Do you imagine what another big bat might do in the middle of the Tampa Bay Rays’ lineup?
Sadly, it doesn’t sound as if it will happen.
Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg told the Tampa Tribune that the team is likely to stand pat at the upcoming trading deadline. Despite the fact the Rays are 14th of 15 teams in hitting, Sternberg suggested that improvement would have to come from the players themselves.
“Even though we might not be performing as we’d like to or as others would like us to be, I can’t point to anything so glaring that we could or would replace them,” Sternberg said.
“To add a bat who’s not going to take away, or take away very little from run prevention, the natural source at that point would be designated hitter, and we think we have a guy who can hit the ball at DH.”
“Nobody’s willing to give us a bat who’s a good deal better than John Jaso, and anything else we do in the field will take away from run prevention.”
Sternberg said the team could trade a player to another interested club, however.
“We’re anticipating we’re going to be in the hunt by the end of July.”