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July 23, 2017

The Rays are one of many teams said to have looked in on J.D. Martinez before the Diamondbacks got him from the Tigers for almost nothing. Still, this is a rare Tampa Bay team already stacked with power hitters, thanks in part to Logan Morrison’s huge breakout. Instead, improving the bullpen looks like the main goal here. The Rays have never shied away from doing things differently, so a highly effective frisbee-thrower like the Phillies' Pat Neshek could fit their needs as well as any big flamethrower out of the 'pen, especially if the price tag for the Neshek class of relievers is a fair bit lower than what it costs for a high-90s beast.

For a Tampa Bay club that is playoff relevant this deep into the season for the first time in four years, the mere act of buying at the deadline would be a welcome change of pace.

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