NEW YORK -- The Rays are buyers.
They confirmed their status Thursday morning by making a deal with the White Sox to acquireDan Jennings, a much-needed left-handed reliever.
In exchange for Jennings, the Rays sent Minor League first baseman Casey Gillaspie to the White Sox.To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Diego Moreno was designated for assignment.  Rays acquire reliever Dan Jennings from White Sox for minor leaguer     A corresponding move to the 25-man roster will be announced later. In addition, Tampa Bay recalled right-hander Austin Pruitt, and he will start Friday at New York in place of injured right-hander Jake Odorizzi. After losing their fifth straight game on Monday, Tampa Bay appeared to be on the cusp of becoming sellers rather than buyers prior to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Then the Rays won the final two games of their three-game series against the Orioles, leaving them in third place in the American League East, 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox and a half-game back behind the Royals for the second AL Wild Card berth as they begin a big four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday. Jennings, 30, was 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings for the White Sox this season. A six-year veteran who began his career with the Marlins, he has a 2.86 ERA in 261 1/3 innings over the course of his career. Jennings should provide the Rays with a solid left-handed relief option in a right-handed-heavy bullpen. Gillaspie was drafted in the first round in 2014 by Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old was hitting .227 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs in 95 games for Triple-A Durham. A 6-foot-4, 240-pound switch-hitter, he brings plus power potential at the dish while playing solid defense at first base. Gillaspie was the Rays' No. 10 prospect, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. Though he is not having his best season, Gillaspie is coming off a strong 2016 campaign in which he hit .284 with 18 home runs and 64 RBIs in 132 games for Double-A Montgomery and Durham. Many in the organization thought highly of him, so parting with him underscores Tampa Bay's intentions of doing everything possible to get to the postseason this year.
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