Coming off of a 96 win season and a trip to the ALDS, the Tampa Bay Rays are in a position to compete again in 2020. Here are three moves they can make to improve their chances for a ring next season:
Over the past few seasons, the Tampa Bay Rays have compiled a young roster filled with talent and have supplemented it with veterans like Charlie Morton and Mike Zunino. The formula paid off last season when they won 96 games and made it within a game of an ALCS matchup with the New York Yankees. Now, with their eyes on October in 2020 despite the departures of Tommy Pham and Travis d’Arnaud among others, the Rays have some moves to make if they want to raise a World Series banner.
If possible, they would like to bolster their depth and talent behind the plate, add another right handed bat with pop, and bolster an already strong bullpen.
In an interview conducted by the Rays local media members, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg talked about the Rays’ “willingness” to spend more than the 62M they spent last season. If they are willing to spend more this offseason, there are a number of free agents they should be considering. Along with a more flexible payroll situation ahead of 2020, the front office also has a stacked farm system to deal from if they choose to pursue high end yet available players on the trading block.