The first thing the Tampa Bay Rays will need to do this offseason is make final decisions on their arbitration eligible players.
- C.J. Cron – $5.2MM
- Tommy Pham – $4.0MM
- Matt Duffy – $2.6MM
- Chaz Roe – $1.4MM
- Jesus Sucre – $1.2MM
- Vidal Nuno – $900K
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