Tampa Bay Rays: Five Burning Offseason Questions

(Aug. 1, 2015 - Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)

(Aug. 1, 2015 – Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)

2) Can the Rays rely on the bullpen?

The bullpen was a bit of an enigma for the Rays in 2015. They led the league in blown saves, which may have cost them a playoff spot. They also saw the emergence of Brad Boxberger, who led the American League in saves and became an All-Star, but also had 10 losses.

Despite those accolades, going into spring training we will likely see a battle for the closer role between Boxberger and Jake McGee. There have been rumors of teams showing interest in McGee. However, the Rays would best be served with him at the back-end of the bullpen.

It is expected that McGee and Boxberger will have successful seasons. The question becomes what piece to add so they can bridge the gap between the starters, who rarely see a lineup a third time, and the eighth and ninth inning, which McGee and Boxberger will shut down.

Internally, they could go with Alex Colome, who showed flashes of dominance when he was moved to the bullpen. Externally, I wrote of an option for the Rays here.

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