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Tampa Bay Rays Recap: November 12th-17th

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Blake Snell wins the 2018 AL Cy Young Award. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Blake Snell wins the 2018 AL Cy Young Award. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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The least exciting week of the Tampa Bay Rays already busy offseason began on Monday, no big rumors broke and no signings occurred. The Rays ace did bring home some hardware though. Lets recap the latest week on Rays Colored Glasses…

Monday, November 12th

On Monday, I put forth my (way too early) prediction for the Tampa Bay Rays 25-man roster come Opening Day. I presented a few options at first base and for the rotation. It will be interesting to see how close my prediction really is to the actual roster!

Next. Roster Prediction. dark

Tuesday, November 13th

I made an argument for why the Rays should be interested in trading for former number three overall pick, Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies. The Rays fit as trade partners since they can offer C.J. Cron and the Rockies are in need of a first baseman. Gray offers tremendous upside if he experiences a resurgence to his 2017 form. Kevin Cash finished 3rd in the Manager of the Year race.

Next. Trade Target: C.J. Cron. dark

With the FanSided MLB GM Offseason Simulation beginning on Wednesday, I gave Rays fans a sneak peek at what I would be trying to accomplish as the “GM”.

Next. GM Sim scheduled to start. dark

Wednesday, November 14th

On Wednesday, I wrote about the Tampa Bay Rays skipper finishing 3rd in the race for the AL Manager of the Year award. Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin won the award, finishing ahead of World Champion head coach Alex Cora. I made one final argument for why Kevin Cash should have won the award… Oh and Blake Snell won the Cy Young!

Next. Cash finishes 3rd. dark

Thursday, November 15th

CyZilla! Pat Davenport breaks down Blake Snell’s award-winning season highlighting with the lefty rightfully won the award.

Next. CyZilla: Snell wins Cy Young. dark

After a busy Wednesday as the fake GM of the Tampa Bay Rays, I broke down the trades that I made. On day 1, I traded for Jon Gray, Jose Leclerc, and Nomar Mazara. I traded away Matt Duffy, C.J. Cron, Guillermo Heredia and prospect Shane McLanahan. I explained the rational below…

GM Sim: Day 1 Recap. dark. Next

Friday, November 16th

Following Blake Snell’s Cy Young worthy season, I made the argument for locking up the new face of the franchise. It is time to lock up Blake for the foreseeable future as he looks to lead the Rays through their next golden age.

Next. Time to lock up CyZilla. dark

I recapped my second day as the GM of the Rays. A much less hectic day, I signed Trevor Cahill and flipped Nomar Mazara and prospect Kyle Bird for Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.

Next. GM Sim Day 2 Recap. dark

Saturday, November 17th

The final day of the simulation was a success as I signed a 5 time all-star and NL MVP to play any outfield position and DH. With the simulation coming to a close, I put together a new 25-man roster, given that the Rays actually make the moves I did.

dark. Next. GM Sim Recap

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