Dan Pompei of The Sporting News wrote:The Tigers tried to acquire Devil Rays closer RHP Danys Baez before signing free-agent RHP Todd Jones. The Rays asked for a top prospect--RHP Joel Zumaya or CF Curtis Granderson--and a pitching prospect. No deal. . . .
O.K., so the D-Rays fleece the Mets out of Scott Kazmir, and now they won't do a deal unless they're fleecing someone else. Zumaya/Granderson AND a pitching prospect for a guy in Baez that they've been shopping for two years? Why would GMs even bother calling the Rays front office anymore?
If I was a ML GM, this would be the only type of call I'd make to the Rays:
"Hey, it's Omar over in New York. Yeah, you probably heard we're trying to trade Kaz Matsui and Kris Benson. I was thinking maybe we could make a deal."
"O.K., Omar, what did you have in mind?"
"Well, both are pretty good players, so I was thinking Matsui and Benson for Aubrey Huff, Danys Baez, B.J. Upton, Jorge Cantu, and Delmon Young."
Maybe, just maybe, they would get the point.