Tampa Bay Rays: Five Burning Offseason Questions

(Oct. 1, 2015 - Source: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America)

(Oct. 1, 2015 – Source: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America)

1) Can Evan Longoria once again be a superstar?

You either love him or hate him right? No other player stirs as much angst in Tampa Bay as Evan Longoria. In 2015 he slashed .270/.328/.435 and, per FanGraphs, had a 4.2 WAR. He also was a finalist for the Gold Glove. At a salary of $11 million it was quite the bargain. But still fans want to see 30 HR and 100 RBIs.

Steamer projects that in 2016, Longoria will slash .256/.323/.434 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs. This is very similar to 2015. Perhaps if the Rays lineup was more offensively minded these numbers would be a lot better. However, until then the Rays NEED Longoria to push back up to the next level. There will be no Justin Upton or Jason Heyward walking into the clubhouse. There will be a stretch in 2016 where runs will be hard to come by. That is when Longo puts the team on his back and carries them into meaningful September/October games. Because at the end of the day, that is what superstars do.

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