Putting together the Rays All-Time 25th Anniversary squad
Closer: No. 56, Fernando Rodney
Spending time with 11 MLB teams, including the World Series Champion Washington Nationals squad in his final season, it's his third major league club that lands him his spot on this list. Being elected to his first of three All-Star teams with the Rays, Rodney was only in St. Pete for two years. Armed with a palmball and mid-'90s fastball as his repertoire, Rodney didn't necessarily have closer stuff, but he had incredible control.
In two seasons as the Rays closer, Rodney posted a gaudy 202 ERA+, 102% better than the league-average arm. This includes a 2012 campaign where Rodney posted the best season for a reliever in Rays history, with 48 saves and an absolutely insane 641 ERA+ and 0.60 ERA. He finished fifth in Cy Young voting despite being a 35-year-old reliever. In his two seasons, he posted a 1.91 ERA and recorded 85 saves. Despite only two seasons, he's third all-time in the save column for Tampa Bay.
Relief Pitcher: No. 26, Brad Boxberger
New Cubs reliever Brad Boxberger has had a peculiar run in the majors, but saw his most success playing his home games at Tropicana Field. Coming over from the Padres in the same deal that saw Logan Forsythe and Matt Andriese come to Tampa, Boxberger was excellent for the Rays from 2014-2017.
An All-Star in his second year with the Rays, Boxberger posted 41 saves in 2015, leading the league in his only season as Rays closer. Overall in his Rays tenure, Boxberger posted 240 Ks in just 180 innings of work, with a 3.33 ERA.