Looking at Rays’ Roster Picture Following the Ben Zobrist Trade

By Robbie Knopf
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Aug 17, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) is congratulated by first baseman James Loney (21) after he scored a run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays will certainly look different next season, but they appear to already have the pieces necessary to put together their Opening Day roster. It will be exciting to see rising players like Nick Franklin, Kevin Kiermaier, and eventually Steven Souza receive more playing time, and we will have to see if they can help the Rays surprise next season.