But before the Rays can even think about the possibility of facing the righty, they must first focus on lefty C.J. Wilson, who takes the mound Saturday in the second game of a weekend series.
Wilson is coming off a solid start in which he gave up three runs over 6 2/3 innings on nine hits and a walk with six strikeouts, but didn't factor into the decision in a win over the Royals. Anaheim had lost two of his three previous starts, in which Wilson gave up 12 combined runs in 20 innings pitched.
On the season, Wilson is 9-6 with a 2.89 ERA and 108 strikeouts.
Tampa Bay could be a welcome sight for Wilson because of a struggling offense that has scored more than four runs just once of its last six games.
Taking the mound opposite of Wilson will be another lefty who gets plenty of strikeouts: rookie sensation Matt Moore. The 23-year-old has 106 punch outs on the year and is 6-7 with a 4.23 ERA.
Though he picked up the loss, Moore's most recent start may have been his most impressive on the season. He threw a career-high eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and 17 straight batters retired.
"I really liked the tempo of the game, felt like I was throwing the ball and getting right back on the rubber," Moore said. "So, to be able to maintain that tempo throughout the game, I felt like it helped, even on offense. Get back in the dugout, have opportunities quicker."
Rays: Longoria feels no pain in rehab start
Tampa Bay's biggest late-season acquisition may not come via a trade, with third baseman Evan Longoria inching closer towards rejoining the team after making a rehab start Thursday.
Though he went 0-for-3 with a walk, Longoria reported back to the club that his partially torn left hamstring felt fine.
Rays manager Joe Maddon guessed Longoria could potentially return to the club when it returns to St. Petersburg on August 3, but did not rule out him possibly joining the team in Oakland when it begins a series with the Athletics on Monday.
Longoria has been out since April 30 and was hitting .329 with four homers in 23 games prior to his injury.
Angels: Greinke acquired from Brewers
If there was any doubt before, Anaheim is a buyer. The Angels acquired 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke in exchange for middle infielder Jean Segura and two other Minor Leaguers Friday.
"It should be fun," Greinke said. "They're a great team. I think the first month they struggled, but since [then], they're one of the best teams in baseball. [They have] a lot of great players, good pitching. The pitching staff will be pretty incredible."
The 28-year-old righty is 9-3 in 21 starts for Milwaukee this season with a 3.44 ERA.
Greinke had not been placed on the roster as of Friday night, meaning the team must make a corresponding move to make room.
Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann threw 50 pitches off the mound Friday afternoon and hopes to return from a broken right leg in late August.
The Angels placed Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured big toe and called up Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake before Friday's game.