Pirates talking to Rays about Bay

July, 30, 2008
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that the Pirates are deep into talks with the Rays about Jason Bay. Separately, with about 29 hours to go before the trade deadline, sources indicate to ESPN that while nothing is imminent, the two sides are talking constructively and trying to bridge the gap.

The Rays have a distinct need for an experienced right-handed hitter in the middle of their lineup, and they are loaded with high-end prospects like David Price, the No. 1 pick in 2007. Tampa Bay won't trade Price or some of its other better prospects. The team does, however, probably have the volume of prospects to create a deal for Bay, who is under contract for 2009 at $7.5 million.

Buster Olney | email

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine

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