With Matt Moore appearing to join Tampa's rotation this season, it looks like the Rays will have a surplus of starters in 2011. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann, who will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation in the spring, are two players who could very possibility be traded before the deadline this summer. Last year's ace James Shields has also been in the discussion, as teams have been interested in his services for a while now.
Although the Rays have filled in their main roster holes via free agency this offseason, it's still pretty likely that the Rays will seek a trade. Most of the offseason's action is over, but the trade possibilities have not exactly faded.
Recently, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Rays' president Matt Silverman said he isn't finished looking to trade away a starter. Considering how much sense it makes for the Rays to trade away pitching in exchange for offense, it's no surprise that the front office is mulling this over. When a team lacks hitting and has a surplus of pitching, a trade is the obvious solution.
Let's take a look at eight possible deals that could get the Rays to trade away starting pitching. The bats on the trade market are limited, but there still are some intriguing possibilities for the Rays.