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Time For The Rays To Buy What Cleveland Is Selling

By Austin Reimann
ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 12, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 12, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 12: Yan Gomes #7 of the Cleveland Indians looks on in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 12, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 12: Yan Gomes #7 of the Cleveland Indians looks on in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 12, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Entering this offseason, the Rays had three main objectives, adding a feared bat in the middle of the lineup, upgrading at behind the plate, and solidifying their rotation. A blockbuster trade for all three of the players outlined above would solve all three issues in one fell swoop.

While a blockbuster involving Encarnacion, Carrasco, and Gomes may be unlikely and require a return outside of the Rays comfort zone, the Rays should absolutely be in on two of the three veterans.

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I’m not convinced the Rays should pay for the aging Encarnacion who is owed 40 million over the next 2 years when Paul Goldchmidt and Jose Abreu may be available this offseason. Carlos Carrasco and Yan Gomes, on the other hand, would fill two of the Rays most pressing needs this offseason.

The best part about making a trade for Carrasco and Gomes, is that the Rays would get multiple years of team friendly contracts that would be cheaper than any combination of catcher and starting pitcher of their respective caliber.

Next. A look at the starting pitching market for the Rays. dark

The Tampa Bay Rays have the prospect pool and financial flexibility to acquire both Carlos Carrasco and Yan Gomes this winter. The Indians are trying to move money and he Rays have money to spend, time to spend it.

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