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Cash: 'We'll be very active' at Deadline

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball's non-wavier Trade Deadline is a week away, and many contending teams are looking to trade with the Rays in order to get help.

Rays manager Kevin Cash was asked if he had a sense of how active the club will be leading up to July 31.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball's non-wavier Trade Deadline is a week away, and many contending teams are looking to trade with the Rays in order to get help.

Rays manager Kevin Cash was asked if he had a sense of how active the club will be leading up to July 31.

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"I would say in all honesty, we'll be very active," Cash said. "I think we'll be very active. I know there's teams calling nonstop. I'll bet [senior vice president of baseball operations/general manager] Erik [Neander] and [senior vice president of baseball operations] Chaim [Bloom] have not slept."

Starters Chris Archer and Nathan Eovaldi are the Rays' top names that could be headed elsewhere, but almost anybody on the roster, save for the likes of some of the youngsters, is fair game.

Cash said he felt as though his players have handled the lead-up period to the Deadline "OK" to date.

"I think our job, when we come to the ballpark, we talk and focus on winning the game that night," Cash said. "And if we get away from that, we're not focusing on the things we need to focus [on].

"The people who want to talk about it, they're entitled to do that. We're sensitive to all players, what they go through, their livelihood. All of those things. But when you step foot in the ballpark, you step between the lines, it's time to win a game. You have to be big enough to be able to remove that."

Eovaldi, who has experienced being traded as well as being rumored to be traded, was asked what he would tell some of his teammates if they solicited advice on how to handle the experience.

"I'm not really on social media or anything like that, so I try to stay out of it as much as I can," Eovaldi said. "Here's what I would say, 'Try not to read into it too much. It's out of your control. Just focus on what you can do day in and day out, whether that's pitching or playing infield, focus on the things you can control.' ... That's what I try to do."

Wendle Wins Heart and Hustle Award

Rookie Joey Wendle was chosen as the Rays' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

In 85 games this season, Wendle is batting .278 with five homers and 30 RBIs.

Committees of former Major Leaguers are enlisted to choose a winner for each team. The award honors those who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody its values, spirit and traditions.

Video: Must C Crafty: Wendle's amazing glove flip

A winner is chosen for each of the 30 teams. An overall winner will be announced in November.

"I think just the way he plays speaks volumes," Cash said. "The type of person he is speaks volumes. He's carried himself really well here this season for a young player. We've asked a lot of him. He's done all that. He plays the game with a lot of heart and a lot of hustle."

Field to the Indians

Cleveland claimed outfielder Johnny Field on outright waivers on Tuesday. The Rays designated Field for assignment on Friday.

"You wish him the best," Cash said. "I know that organization really well. He's going to a good organization. You want the best for Johnny. He did a nice job for us, and hopefully he goes there and does a good job for them."

Field hit .213 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 62 games this season.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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