MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays follows hits a solo home run in front of catcher Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a game on September 17, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.                                                                                        Brian Blanco/Getty Images

27. Tampa Bay Rays

After sending David Price to Detroit and getting dirt in return, the Rays then traded their best young player in outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres and again pretty much received dirt in return. Then Joe Maddon bolted for the Cubs and the Rays are in a limbo now. The Rays still have a solid rotation, but Evan Longoria is the only threat in the lineup with Myers gone. New-comers Nick Franklin and Steven Souza have a lot of potential, and Asdrubal Cabrera is a solid veteran presence, but there are too many holes that the Rays have to fill. Franklin and Souza are still unestablished prospects, and Asdrubal Cabrera has taken a step down since he was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012. Being an extremely small-market team, the Rays aren’t a great free agent destination, and until the can move over into the actual Tampa area or into another region altogether, the will be stuck as a middling team in an AL East already containing the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Red Sox.

One Response

  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…

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