It is coming down to the trade deadline and the Tampa Bay Rays are one of the teams trying to decide to buy or sell. The Rays are currently 7.5 games behind Baltimore in the AL East and if they unable to cut into that lead in the next week they will likely opt to sell off some key players for prospects.
So if the Rays become sellers at the trade deadline could they be enticed to trade Matt Joyce?
The Tampa Bay Rays have a logjam in the outfield and although they have a couple of players on the DL the Rays will have trouble finding playing time for their younger players during the second half of the season. That could make Joyce available to a team in need of a left-handed power bat.
It just so happens the Detroit Tigers need a left-handed bat with some power and Matt Joyce fits the bill. So what would it take to get Matt Joyce, who was traded from the Tigers to the Rays in 2008, back to the Motor City?
The Rays will be looking for prospects to be sure. One or more of those prospects will probably have to be a starting pitcher considering the team will likely lose David Price via trade or free agency. That means Robbie Ray, Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel will likely be among the prospects on the Rays wish list.
The price the Tigers will be willing or able to pay for Matt Joyce will depend largely on what they have to give up to beef up the bullpen.