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The Tampa Bay Rays need an expensive and ambitious offseason plan

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 6: Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg speaks to members of the media before the start of the Rays' Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 6: Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg speaks to members of the media before the start of the Rays' Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Rays  (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays  (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

As the offseason will begin to soon pick up steam, the Tampa Bay Rays will be among the busiest teams in the league over the coming months. The expectation is that the Rays will look to improve on their ninety win season and expedite their youth movement, and why not?

The Tampa Bay Rays finished as the best team in the American League to not make the playoffs after a complete overhaul of their roster last offseason and a rash of injuries that left their pitching staff decimated.

After a painstakingly long five years, the Rays finally reaped the awards of their so-called rebuild, which consisted of amassing youth in their farm system while maintaining the appearance of a team that wanted to compete.

The Rays no longer need to maintain the appearance of a team that wants to compete because, now they are a team that can compete. A team that is now expected to compete in a division where you can win a 100 games and be forced to play a winner take all wild card game.

If the Rays make the right moves this offseason, we could very well see three teams from the East in the playoffs. With the acquisition of Tommy Pham at the deadline, the Rays front office showed that they believe they are ready to contend.

It is time for the Rays to take some chances. The Rays will need to dip into their talent pool and pocketbook to acquire a star first baseman, an all-star caliber catcher, a starting pitcher, and finally, replace Ji-Man Choi with Daniel Robertson.

2019 October baseball is calling and the Rays need to answer the phone.

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