Maddon expects Rays to stand pat at Deadline

Maddon expects Rays to stand pat at Deadline

OAKLAND -- Major League Baseball's Trade Deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, and heading into the final 24 hours before the deadline passes, the Rays are looking more and more like they will stand pat.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he texted a couple of times on Monday with Andrew Friedman, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations, "but nothing, zero" according to Maddon.

When a reporter noted that it sounded as though things were "fairly quiet" on the trade front, Maddon replied: "They are. Extremely quiet."

"There's nothing for me to think about right now, it's just play today and not worry about anything because it's probably going to look like this after the Trade Deadline," Maddon said.

Maddon said that he expected to have the same 25-man roster for Tuesday night's game that he had Monday night.

Of note, James Shields is scheduled to start for the Rays Tuesday night. When Maddon was asked if he had a contingency plan for who might start in the event that Shields got traded, he replied: "Have not even thought about that. Because I don't believe it's going to happen."

Inside the Rays' clubhouse, the atmosphere appeared loose Monday afternoon.

B.J. Upton, who has not been the focus of as many rumors this year as in years past, said he believes the team will be in good shape if it doesn't make a deal.

"We believe we can win, we believe we can win, man," Upton said. "And we believe we can do it with what we have. Now if they do happen to make a move, I mean that's kind of out of our hands. We don't really know what's going on with the front office. That's kind of their department, and let them handle that."

Based on what's happened in the past, Upton can empathize with Shields, who easily has been the Rays player most mentioned in trade rumors.

"Yeah, it's kind of a running joke between me and him," Upton said. "We see each other every day and it's like, 'You're still here? I'm still here.' It hasn't really bothered us, we know [trade talk is] part of it."

Like Maddon, Upton expects the team to remain in place after the deadline passes.

Shields didn't care to speculate on the hypothetical question about being traded.

"I don't like to say anything until something happens," Shields said. "I'm an in-the-moment guy. ... We still have 24 hours left. Hopefully I'm still here. It is what it is. It's part of the game."