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Tampa Bay Rays: 3 players who could be on the move this offseason

By Austin Reimann
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: Joey Wendle #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after being called out on strikes against the Houston Astros during the third inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: Joey Wendle #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after being called out on strikes against the Houston Astros during the third inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Rays will likely be active on the trade market this offseason and these are three players who could be on the move.

There seems to be a consensus around the baseball community that the Tampa Bay Rays will try to move Tommy Pham this offseason to avoid the 8.6M he is projected to earn in arbitration this offseason. I don’t buy it. The Rays are a different team with Pham in the lineup and they can afford to pay a difference maker, such as the former Cardinal.

If the Rays were that concerned about Pham’s potential earnings, they should instead try to trade Kevin Kiermaier who is owed 31.5M over the next three years.

In an effort to build upon their 96 wins in 2019, the front office will be looking to add some impactful pieces to their major league roster. Likely to be pursued are a right-handed hitter with pop, possibly a designated hitter or outfielder, bullpen help, and catching depth.

They arguably have the best farm system in baseball and I would expect them to be aggressive in utilizing it in trade talks for bigger pieces. If the Rays want to make a splash this offseason, they have the major and minor league pieces to do so.

Putting together a list of Rays players that could be moved this offseason or any offseason for that matter is never easy due to the wealth of team control on the roster and the depth the front office has accumulated.

Yet, it seems as though the middle infield is locked and loaded for 2020 with Willy Adames and Brandon Lowe. If Yandy Diaz can stay healthy, third base should be his home in next season. This only leaves a hole at first base and DH for a right-handed hitter with power. In the outfield, the Rays will likely be looking for depth behind Pham, KK, and Meadows. And behind the plate they Rays will likely look to free agency and the trade market for options.

Look for Erik Neander and company to deal from their pitching, prospect, and infield depth to fill their needs this offseason.

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