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Projecting the Rays Opening Day roster ahead of spring training

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A detailed view of a Tampa Bay Rays hat and catching glove is seen on a dugout step during the sixth inning of the MLB game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 14, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Rays defeated the Angels 3-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A detailed view of a Tampa Bay Rays hat and catching glove is seen on a dugout step during the sixth inning of the MLB game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 14, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Rays defeated the Angels 3-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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With a few days left before spring games officially kick off in North Port, let’s take a look at how the Tampa Bay Rays project out for 2021.

It’s been nothing short of a super busy offseason in the Bay area which, truthfully, means that it really is business as usual.

Trades, non-tenders, declined options, and some sneaky signings have the Tampa Bay Rays coming into an AL title defense with both key supporting cast members as well as face of the franchise stars wearing different uniforms. With the likes of Blake SnellCharlie Morton, and Hunter Renfroe being shown the door this offseason, the Rays will be replacing over 15% of plate appearances and greater than 35% of innings pitched from one year to the next.

New faces and new openings will have the lineup looking different from the pennant winning team from a year ago, but there’s plenty of reason to think the talent pool has increased.

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