Jason Bay Going to the Bay

Paul ErskineCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2008

According to Mlbtraderumors.com Jason Bay has been traded, but not to Boston.  When the three-team blockbuster trade fell apart between the Fish, Pirates, and Boston earlier this afternoon, the Pirates turned around and sent Jason to the Rays, who are currently competing with Boston to win the AL East. 


In return the Pirates will receive infielder Reid Brignac and pitching prospect Jeff Niemann, who made his major league debut earlier in the season but had a rough go at it.


In 2007 Niemann made the All-Star team for the Rays Triple-A team by posting a 12-6 record with a 3.98 ERA.  A first-round choice in 2004, Jeff has struggled with injuries, but has been healthy lately. 


Reid is hitting at a .257 clip this year with nine home runs and 43 RBI with the Bulls as well.  Both prospects are ranked in the top 10 in Tampa Bay’s organization. 


The Rays gain the big right-handed bat they have been looking for to continue their surprise playoff push.  Bay, selected to the All-Star Game this year, is hitting .282 this year with 22 home runs and 63 runs batted in. 


After the moves made by the Yankees in recent days, the Rays felt some added pressure to add some help to stay in the race.  And with Boston still a powerhouse better safe then sorry!


Now that things are finally shaking out with the trade deadline it looks like the AL East has become the show to watch over the next two months.  With three teams fighting for the top spot, and all trying to add power and depth while it can, look for a wild August and September, and an even better October!