The Tampa Bay Rays have always relied upon their cheap and cost-effective arms to get them through a season. In 2018, they changed the way bullpens are used and in 2019, we should expect more of the same. Here are 5 pitchers that could be used a lot in 2019.
I recently broke down the state of the Rays bullpen and discussed a number of in-house options that the Tampa Bay Rays have as they look towards spring training which will begin with pitchers and catcher reporting in just over a month.
I listed roughly 10 in-house options the Rays could lean on this coming season. Of the 10 options, Jaime Shultz was one, but has recently been DFA’d. In his place the Rays have added Oliver Drake to the mix. There is still a chance that Shultz isn’t traded and remains with the Rays after the period passes.
But, if Shultz is no longer in the discussion for a relief role in 2019, don’t worry… The Rays still have plenty of options to choose from. I want to talk about 5 relievers that could play a big role in the bullpen this season for the Rays.