Dodgers' talks with Rays ongoing. Other clubs say Ray still most likely to trade Moore but they've never stopped listening on Archer.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2016
Jayson Stark's take: Now that the Yankees have traded away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, all eyes are on Tampa Bay, where the Rays now control the deadline starting-pitching market. Over a week ago, one executive told us he thought the chances of the Dodgers trading for Chris Archer were "70 percent." And they've actively pursued him ever since, but remain unwilling to include top pitching prospect Julio Urias in any deal.
Teams that have spoken with the Rays say that their asking price for Matt Moore is lower than what they've asked on either Archer or Jake Odorizzi, making Moore the most likely starter in that group to get dealt. But the Dodgers are said by other clubs to be under pressure to do something big, and are a prime candidate to overpay for Archer, who leads the American League in strikeouts even in a down year, and is under control for five years, at a total of $19 million, if all his options are picked up.
Meanwhile, a dozen teams had scouts in the park to watch Drew Smyly pitch against the Yankees on Saturday night, with both clubs on the verge of actively selling. Those teams: Indians, Cubs, Royals, Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Blue Jays, White Sox, Rangers, Marlins, Pirates and Orioles. One exec whose team has interest said he believes Smyly could be traded Monday to a team that "isn't a traditional buyer."