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Is Alex Colome telling us something about Rays’ plans with his Instagram account?

UPDATE, 9:22: So, Colome says he was just using good social media manners, tweeting (at 4:15) this morning:

"I keep getting nice messages and tags from those accounts, so I gave them a follow"

And, keeping his emoji game strong, adding one with arms up as he if doesn't know what's going on.

DEVELOPING: Closer Alex Colome was not traded by the Rays to the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

But he appeared to be either prepping for or having some fun with the possibility.

On his alexcolome37 verified Instagram account, Colome started following the Cardinals official account and three other team-related sites, as NBC Sports' Drew Silva noted.

If Colome did know something, he picked an odd way to share as the teams had nothing to announce. As we tweeted late Tuesday, there was no deal in place nor was anything about to happen.

The Cardinals' interest in Colome has been well known and oft reported, with talks between the teams going back at least several weeks.

The Cubs, Mets and Rockies (even despite signing Bryan Shaw on Tuesday) are also considered to be very interested, and there are other teams that have checked in.

So why would Colome stir the rumor mill?

It could be that he was told he is being traded to the Cardinals but the teams are still working out details of the deal, or are including other players, as St. Louis has also been connected to RHP Chris Archer and 3B Evan Longoria.

It could be that Colome wants to go to the Cardinals and decided to express his feelings. It could be that he wanted to see what the Cardinals people and fans were posting about him. It could be that he has friends on the team and is following then that way.

Or it could be his way of having fun with the situation, knowing that doing so would spark the buzz and chatter that it did.

Further, there was a screenshot posted by the STL Sports Central account of a message it sent to Colome about wanting to see him in a Cardinals uniform, and his supposed response of two emojis – a horse head in a nod to his nickname Caballo, and a winking face.

And there is also the possibility that Colome doesn't run his own account and this was the work of a friend or agent, or that he could say he was hacked.

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Is Alex Colome telling us something about Rays’ plans with his Instagram account?