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The Tampa Bay Rays need an expensive and ambitious offseason plan

By Austin Reimann
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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ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 27: C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a homer in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees on September 27, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 27: C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a homer in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees on September 27, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The first thing the Tampa Bay Rays will need to do this offseason is make final decisions on their arbitration eligible players.

Arbitration Players and Projected Salaries:

By finalizing their arbitration decisions they will need to make decisions on C.J. Cron, Vidal Nuno, and Jesus Sucre. I expect them to pay Chaz Roe, and obviously they will keep Matt Duffy and Tommy Pham. The Rays will need to non-tender Vidal Nuno and Jesus Sucre by the November 30th and either find a trade candidate for Cron or non-tender him by the deadline as well.

I don’t expect the Rays to retain Cron, Sucre, or Nuno this offseason thus freeing up 7.3 million to spend in free agency.

Sucre will find himself out of a job after spring training if they choose to keep him. Vidal Nuno only blocks one of their talented young pitchers from getting experience. By trading or non-tendering Cron, the Rays clear the way for the second step in the offseason…

Total Money Saved: 7.3 million

Total Cost for 2019: 8 million

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