Today is the last day of November so let’s take a look at some of the best Tampa Bay Rays content from Rays Colored Glasses this month. There is plenty to choose from as it was a busy month filled with trades, predictions, and reactions. Time to break down the top 10 articles of November.
#10: Assessing the Starting Pitching Market
With the assumption that the Rays will be looking to add a starting pitcher prior to opening day, I broke down the free agent starting pitching market that the Tampa Bay Rays would have to navigate. There are plenty of options but few of them are in their price range. I broke down 15 of the Rays best options if they choose to go the free agent route.
#9: 3 Prospects who could be on the move this winter
As the Rays are expected to be aggressive this offseason, they could look to add an impactful right-handed bat via trade. Although Kean Wong is less likely to be traded now as they neglected to add him to the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 deadline, Joe McCarthy and Nick Solak still are viable trade options.
#8: Rays in Review Parts 1 and 2
Pat Davenport began his Rays in Review series where he has gone back and reviewed the first two portions of the Rays 2018 season. He offers incredible insight on a season that left Rays fans excited for 2019.
#7: Thanksgiving Edition: Rays players to be thankful
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I took a moment to thank the Tampa Bay Rays players that have impacted me as a current baseball player and fan. They have a bigger impact than some of us may realize so I wanted to say thank you.
#6: Time to lock up Blake Snell
After the Rays ace won his first Cy Young award, I talked about the need to lock up the new face of the franchise just as the Rays locked up Evan Longoria 6 years prior. I outlined a possible extension that could work well for both parties.
#5: Blake Snell wins Cy Young
2018 was an absolutely dominant year for Blake on the mound and it ended in the lefty winning his first Cy Young award. CyZilla!!!
#4: Syndergaard Blockbuster
I recently made the case for why the Ryas need to trade for Thor and how they might go about doing it. The package could change if and when discussions begin but I think the deal would be centered around Kevin Kiermaier, here’s why:
#3: Way too early roster prediction
I made a way too early roster prediction that provided Rays fans with a possible look at what their 2019 Rays may look like.
#2: Could Duffy end up in Philly?
I have made it known before that I believe Matt Duffy’s time as Tampa’s starting third baseman is likely over. I think he will be traded this offseason, but where to is still undecided. Philadelphia could be a valid option and here’s why:
#1: Mike Zunino trade
The Rays made the first major trade of the offseason and with who else but the Seattle Mariners. In sending Mallex Smith back to the west coast the Rays got Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia. The two teams also swapped a couple of prospects. Here is my initial reaction to the trade:
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If I had to guess, December will prove to be a busy month as well for the Tampa Bay Rays as they look to fill the void left by C.J. Cron and find an additional starting pitcher. Stay up to date with all Rays breaking news and rumors along with analysis from Rays Colored Glasses!