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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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Zach Britton
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 09: Zach Britton #53 of the New York Yankees reacts in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 09, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Rays have a ton of money to spend this offseason, but the reality is despite having a great young core, big fish on the market will likely still be skeptical (rightfully so) of the Rays “win now” mode. That puts them behind the 8-ball on nabbing marque guys like Zach Britton who World Series contenders could view as the missing piece to their bullpen once he gets a clean slate this season fully healthy at the time of pitchers and catchers reporting.

The only way the Rays will get their hands on a top-of-the-line-hurler is via trade by my estimation. If the New York Mets are in fact willing to deal Noah Snydergard, like a potential J.T. Realmuto trade, the Rays have the farmhens to pull off a blockbuster move.

If the Rays enter spring training without any of these moves happening, their front office has a built-in youth movement “excuse” and it is a dang good one.

This team won 90-games a year ago. If guys like Jose De Leon, Brent Honeywell, and Tyler Glasnow bounceback from injury in the cases of Honeywell and De Leon, and poor play in the case of Glasnow, this Tampa Bay Rays team will be a playoff favorite (as a wildcard).

However, to me, that is more of the reason to go make win-now trades and signings.

What moves would you like to see the Rays make? Who was left off this wishlist that you would have added? Let us know in the comment section.

For everyone at Rays colored glasses, thank you for reading and engaging with our staff’s articles, and hopefully, the Tampa Bay Rays can cross a few things off this wishlist.

Merry Christmas, Rays fans!

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