After failing to catch the Orioles in the AL East at the end of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Rays saw their 2023 playoff run come to a premature end at the hands of the red hot Rangers in the wild card round. Despite all of the talent on the Rays' roster, they were simply outplayed in the series in every way. Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap.
There was still a lot to like about the Rays' 2023 season. Despite being one of the most payroll-limited teams in the entire league, Rays yet again fielded one of the best teams in the league in route to winning 99 games. It wasn't always easy especially with all the injuries they had to deal with with their pitching staff, but Tampa got the job done thanks to having one of the most talented young rosters in all of baseball. That does not mean that fans shouldn't expect some changes this offseason, though.
Here are 4 Rays players that probably won't be coming back for the 2024 season
The Rays mostly feature a ton of arbitration eligible and pre-arb players on their roster, so they don't have to deal with a ton of guys leaving in free agency or guys that are set to get really expensive going into next season although Randy Arozarena, Aaron Civale, and Harold Ramirez aren't going to be cheap in arbitration, either. However, they do have a handful of pending free agents as well as one very notable outlier case that could be heading elsewhere (or at least out of action) next season.
Let's take a look at some of the Rays players that may not be coming back in 2024.