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Rays: 16 Things to Look Forward To in 2016

By Mat Germain
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Sep 23, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger (26) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Tampa Bay Rays won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger (26) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Tampa Bay Rays won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /

Number Two Thing to Look Forward to: Improved Pen

When you have a dominant rotation, one of the benefits is that you can promote young players and use them in the pen if required. It also means that pitchers such as Colome can pitch out of the pen, improving both the length and quality.

Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger have reportedly been involved in trade talks all off season. But even if one of these is dealt, the Rays still have a pen that should improve on its 2015 performance.

With the newly acquired RHP Danny Farquhar, and returnees RHP Matt Andriese, LHP Xavier Cedeno, RHP Steve Geltz, and the hard throwing LHP Enny Romero, joining McGee and/or Boxberger and Colome in the pen, it should be a more experienced and improved pen.

Although the Rays received a decent performance from their pen in 2015, we expect that to improve in 2016, to the point where it becomes a reason they improve in the standings.

Next: Number Three Thing to Look Forward to: More Capable OF

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