Tampa Bay Rays Outlook

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The 2016 campaign was a disappointment for the Rays. The Rays tied the Reds and the Padres for second worst in the league last season, only scoring a better record than the Minnesota Twins. The Rays might improve this season, but they are nowhere near a playoff team.

The Rays improvement could come from their pitching rotation. Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Blake Snell are projected to lead the rotation, according to the Rays’ online depth chart.

The batting line-up doesn’t appear to be as hopeful. Evan Longoria (3B) and Brian Miller (1B/DH) are expected to lead the team at the plate, but with a line-up that is only four or five solid hitters deep, this could be a tough year in the batter’s box for the Rays.

Expect the Rays to be sellers this season, starting from training camp all the way through the trade deadline. The Rays are going to want top prospects and draft picks to replenish the team and get back near the top of the AL-East. To do that, top players might be shipped elsewhere so don’t surprised if Evan Longoria doesn’t finish the season in Tampa.

The Rays’ spring training will begin Feb. 12 at Charlotte Sports Park.

Dominic LoVallo

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