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RCG Mailbag: Have Tampa Bay Rays Improved Their Future This Offseason?

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Sep 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (3) dives to catch a line drive by Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee (not pictured) in the ninth inning to end the game in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Miami Marlins 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Signings

The Rays have not signed many free agents, agreeing only with Asdrubal Cabrera, Ernesto Frieri, and (briefly) Michael Kohn on major league deals. Cabrera is an improvement from the Rays without Zobrist and at least mitigates some of the damage from his leaving. Frieri, meanwhile, may not work out, but at just $800,000 plus incentives, he is certainly a worthwhile risk for the Rays.

On the minor league side, the Rays added Allan Dykstra, Eugenio Velez, Corey Brown, Bobby Wilson, Jhan Marinez, Juan Francisco, and Joey Butler. As mentioned above, Francisco could make an impact for the 2015 Rays while the others (except for maybe Wilson) have outside chances at contributing.

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