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Tampa Bay Rays Christmas wishlist

By Rylan Stiles
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 07: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates a homerun against the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 7, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 07: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates a homerun against the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 7, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Davidson #24 of the Chicago White Sox reacts to striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of the game on September 29, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 8-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Davidson #24 of the Chicago White Sox reacts to striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of the game on September 29, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 8-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

It has been fun to think about the Rays getting a J.T. Realmuto or Nelson Cruz, and both those options are legitimate and even realistic, this slide is for those who do not believe in those rumors, because when have the Rays gotten the Cruz and Realmuto’s of the world in recent memory?

Matt Davidson

Matt Davidson, the south side slugger, is coming off back-to-back 20-plus home run seasons. He hit for a career-high .228 average a year ago. Davidson was non-tenured by the Chi Sox earlier this month and could prove to be another solid fill in at first base for the Rays as he has spent time both at the hot corner and at the first base bag.

Matt Davidson falls in line with other Rays first basemen that the team took a chance on.

A year before the Rays acquired C.J. Cron, he hit for a .248 average while slugging 16 homers in L.A.  A year before suiting up for the Rays, Logan Morrison turned in a slash line of .225/.302/.383 while sending 17 balls deep into the stands in Seattle.

Davidson also pitched in a trio of contests for the White Sox, if Kevin Cash wants to get crazy.

Jon Jay

A year ago, Jon Jay split time between the Kansas City Royals, where he got off to a great start hitting for a .307 average, with 19 walks and only 39 strikeouts, his on-base percentage logged in at .363.

His time in Arizona was less kind, but still respectable. He ended his 2018 campaign with a slash line of .268/.330/.347, scoring 74-runs, and totaling 29 extra base hits, swiping four bags, and walking 33 times a year ago while playing great defense, especially in the spacious Kauffman Stadium.

While there is a somewhat logjam in the Rays outfield, what if Austin Medows does not figure it out this season and needs more minor league seasoning? Jon Jay would be a nice full-time starter and an even better fill in the outfielder.

Cody Allen

Like his Indians bullpen mate Andrew Miller, Cody Allen also had a subpar year compared to his normal standers.

Allen a year ago saw his ERA balloon to 4.70 in 67 innings while saving 27 games.

Despite that atrocious season a year ago, Cody Allen still holds a career 2.98 ERA.

A bad year heading into free agency could sour the market and bring Allen’s price tag down to a respectable range for the Rays to pull the trigger.

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