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Tampa Bay Rays: 5 Players Deserving of an Extension

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3. OF Randy Arozarena

Randy Arozarena has been a fan favorite for a couple of years now with his aggressive style of play and a sweet power stroke. He gives every play his full effort on the field and has been a catalyst for the Rays offense in many situations, including clutch postseason moments. Hitting .254 this year isn't too bad at all, but he's on pace to have the most RBI and HR of his career, providing a lot of that pop needed from the right side of the plate. That includes the 3-run nuke he hit a few days ago that led the Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees.

His defensive style is pretty much "go for it," which I love. He finds himself making plays that wind up on SportsCenter Top 10 from time to time and his arm is nothing to mess around with either. Randy's speed though is what makes him a constant threat not only patrolling the outfield, but on the basepaths as well. He has 21 stolen bags, the most in a season in his career thus far, and I'm sure he has no plans of slowing down. His ability to create opportunties for runs on the offensive side while being able to make plays that prevent runs from being scored in the field is a great tool to have.

It's also forgotten how young Arozarena really is. Only 27 years of age, he still has hopefully a flourishing career ahead of him. Staying healthy has been huge for him this year as well, allowing him to consistently be a factor in the lineup. The Rays would be wise to make a move to secure this young talent for at least a few more years to have opposite Manuel Margot. The upside is more than prevalent, and I think he has so much more to show.

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