As Christmas Eve dons on us, Let’s check out what should be on the Tampa Bay Rays wishlist for the remainder of the offseason.
A year ago, the Tampa Bay Rays battled a tough A.L. East, getting to that glorious 90-win mark, but fell short of the playoffs by seven games. That included a slow start and selling off pieces at the deadline. So what moves could get the Rays over the hump and into the postseason for the first time since 2013?
The Rays can get over that proverbial hump a plethora of ways. By making trades, signings, and even just players within their system growing.
From a trade aspect a pair of names that could, or have surfaced as names the Tampa Bay Rays could go get: J.T. Realmuto, and Jose Martinez.
Inking free agents have never been the Rays forte, but with at least $30 million dollars to spend to get back to even just their opening day payroll from a year ago of $67 million, this is as good of a year as any to go try to catch a big fish…or even a little goldfish.
The Rays only have one player on their roster that is post-arbitration, and that is newly signed pitcher Charlie Morton.
In the free agent pool, the Rays could swing for bigger names, like a Nelson Cruz, or lesser-known players like Matt Davidson.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been rumored to be in on a few different hitters, some mentioned above, but you can not forget about who you throw out on the bump. Would Rays GM Erik Neander pull the trigger on bounce-back candidate Cody Allen? Could Zach Britton even be a possibility?
What should be on the Rays wishlist this offseason?