By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on June 2, 2014
The Tampa Bay Rays are going to be put in an unfortunate situation when the trade deadline arrives due to their small market status. At 23-34 and 10.5 games out of first place in the American League East, they are going to be selling at the deadline this season. Here are five players who could be moved before July 31.
Every team that is buying at the deadline will want Ben Zobrist. He is probably the most versatile player in baseball with the ability to play several positions. In 192 plate appearances this season, the 33-year-old is hitting .253/.340/.355 with an OPS+ of 98.
The Rays have David DeJesus under contract until after the 2015 season, but they also have an option for 2016. He is already 34 years old, so the Rays may look to move him before July 31. He is having a solid season, hitting .267/.348/.466 in 164 plate appearances.
At this point, a David Price trade seems inevitable. The Rays are struggling and won't be able to keep him from free agency. Price has a 4.27 ERA and 3.24 FIP in 84.1 innings this season while walking virtually no one, with just 0.96 BB/9.
Erik Bedard is a veteran lefty who could fill the back of a contending team's rotation or even pitch out of the bullpen. In 46.1 innings in 2014, the lefty has a 4.27 ERA and a 3.86 FIP.
In 188 plate appearances, the Rays' outfielder has hit .266/.362/.390 with a 114 OPS+. Most teams could use an extra outfielder at the deadline, so finding a taker for Joyce won't be much of a trouble for the Rays.
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