The Rays won 40 of 60 games in the shortened 2020 season, making it all the way to the World Series for the second time in franchise history where they fell short to the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the bright side, they also won the AL East for the first time since 2010. 2020 was a success and the Rays will look to build on the championship or bust mentality for 2021.
Randy Arozarena is under investigation from the league’s department of investigations after the Rays outfielder was detained in Mexico. Two different Mexican media outlets (the Yucatan Ahora and Diaro de Yucatan) have reported on the alleged incident giving different accounts.
This is by far the biggest priority for the Rays after they declined Charlie Morton’s $15 million dollar club option. Morton has signed with the Braves for one year already. Yonny Chirinos will be out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and Brendan McKay has left shoulder surgery in August. But they would need to add another experienced pitcher into a rotation that will include Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell, and Ryan Yarbrough.
The Rays have no catchers. Tampa declined Mike Zunino’s option and waived both Michael Perez and Kevan Smith. They are still interested in bringing back Zunino and Smith, but Perez was claimed by the Pirates, so they’ll look to replace him. Their only catching prospect, Ronaldo Hernandez, hasn’t played above Class A Advanced. Tampa seems to always need a catcher in the offseason. Will they reunite with Wilson Ramos? Will they attempt to bring in JT Realmuto?
The Rays need a veteran left hander for the bullpen. Both Colin Poche and Jalen Beeks underwent Tommy John Surgery, and Aaron Loup is a free agent. Right now the Rays have only three lefties on the 40 man roster.
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