ST. PETERSBURG - Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman described the last hours of the non-waiver trade deadline as "frenzied," but he came away without making a trade.
"We were extremely active in talking about different things, and we are in a fortunate situation in that we like our guys, we like the depth that we have. So it allowed us to be selective in who we targeted," Friedman said.
Most talks were aimed at adding depth, Friedman said. And he can still make trades this month, though it becomes more difficult because any player would have to pass through waivers.
"A lot of the big trades we made in the past offseason have been the results of a lot of the conversations that we had at the deadline," Friedman said, "and so there are a lot of interesting things that we'll continue to monitor."
The Orioles and Red Sox took measures to upgrade their rotations. The Orioles acquired Bud Norris from the Astros, and the Red Sox traded with the White Sox for Jake Peavy.
"Our expectations in the offseason, our expectations in July, are teams in the American League East are going to add. It's a just a matter of who it is," Friedman said. "They added really good players. We added a really good relief pitcher (Jesse Crain). We have good players in place. I think the last two months are going to be really interesting."
Crain, picked up Monday in a trade with the White Sox, joined the Rays on Wednesday and is eager to get to work in the back end of the bullpen. The hold-up is the strained shoulder that sent him to the disabled list in late June.
The right-hander said he wasn't sure when he will be able to pitch.
"I still have to meet with the training staff and everything, and we'll kind of go through a plan. Obviously, sooner than later, I hope," he said. "I hope to be here for sure this month. That's my goal. But to give a timetable right now, I don't want to do that until we get something planned out."
Crain suffered a setback last week when his second scheduled bullpen session was canceled because the pain returned in his shoulder. He said that was the result of throwing too many pitches during his first bullpen session two days before.
"I was feeling pretty good, then I went to the mound and threw too many pitches at first," Crain said. "I wasn't ready for that."
As for the trade, he's happy to have left the last-place White Sox for the Rays, who entered Wednesday's game with a half-game lead over the Red Sox.
"With how bad we were playing in Chicago, I really wanted an opportunity to come to a team who was doing really well," he said. "So when I start hearing things, I get excited. I would've been disappointed if nothing happened. I'd still be over there. But to come here and be refreshed and come to a great ballclub who's in first place, I couldn't ask for anything more."
INF Ryan Roberts is back for his fourth stint with the team.
With the Rays going to the four-man rotation, and with five games next week in National League parks where the designated hitter is not used, the Rays decided to add a position player to give manager Joe Maddon another pinch-hitter.
"We're going to see some lefties coming up, and Ryan has done well for us against them," Maddon said. "The schedule permits all this kind of stuff, so we're going to try to take advantage of that."
Tuesday's complete game by RHP Roberto Hernandez was the fourth by the Rays in a span of eight games. The last team to do that was the '03 Devil Rays - Geremi Gonzalez, Doug Waechter, Jorge Sosa and Victor Zambrano. . RHP Alex Cobb played catch Wednesday without anything covering the blister on his right index finger. He said he is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday with Class A Charlotte. . RHP Brandon Gomes (right lat strain) had his rehab assignment transferred to Durham, where he will pitch today.