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3 Rays position players looking to bounce back in 2020

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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - APRIL 22: Mike Zunino #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates a two run home run with Daniel Robertson #28 in the seventh inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field on April 22, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - APRIL 22: Mike Zunino #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates a two run home run with Daniel Robertson #28 in the seventh inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field on April 22, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 1: Joey Wendle #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Daniel Robertson #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays after scoring a run on single by Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays off of relief pitcher Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of a game at Safeco Field on June 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 1: Joey Wendle #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Daniel Robertson #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays after scoring a run on single by Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays off of relief pitcher Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of a game at Safeco Field on June 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Here are three position players that will be looking to bounce back in 2020 for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Yesterday we identified three pitchers on the Rays roster that will be looking to bounce back in 2020 after a shaky 2019. Today, let’s look at a trio of Rays position players that will be looking to stay healthy and play at a higher level than they did in 2019.

Similar to the pitchers that we identified yesterday, Blake Snell, Jose Alvarado, and Brent Honeywell, all three position players that will be discussed today struggled to stay healthy in 2019 and as a result had inconsistent and down years.

After surveying the catching market and missing out on a reunion with Travis d’Arnaud, the Rays opted to take a chance on Mike Zunino signing him to a contract for next season with an option for 2021. If the option is exercised, the contract will be worth 9M over two years. After hitting .165 last season, the Rays are hoping that his bat bounces back.

Daniel Robertson was a potential non-tender candidate prior to the deadline earlier this offseason, but the Rays decided to tender him a contract. After a successful first season with the Rays, Joey Wendle dealt with injuries and got lost in the shuffle behind Brandon Lowe. Both could be impact players in 2020 if they bounce back. If not, their jobs could be at risk.

Regardless, all three players are on the roster as of now and will head to spring training looking to improve and return to their 2018 forms. If they can, the Rays will have a ton of depth in the infield and a bargain behind the plate.

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