The Tampa bay Rays surprised everyone with the season they put together in 2019, pushing the Houston Astros to the brink by taking them to Game 5 of the ALDS.
With that being said, there's still plenty of work to do for this team if they want to replicate or improve upon the success they had last season. The Rays' pitching staff should be in a pretty solid spot with three great starters anchoring their rotation in Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow and Charlie Morton, but this lineup could use a boost.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three players the Rays should consider signing this offseason.
1. Travis d'Arnaud – Catcher/First Base
Travis d'Arnaud only played 92 games for the Rays last season, but he ended up making a solid impact. His numbers aren't going to jump off the stat sheet, hitting .263 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI in Tampa Bay, but his work behind home plate was invaluable. Re-signing d'Arnaud would help keep a positive part of the Rays' lineup intact and would allow him to continue to gel with Tampa's pitching staff.
2. Edwin Encarnación – Designated Hitter
It seems Edwin Encarnación's stint with the New York Yankees will be a short lived one after the Bronx Bombers declined to pick up his option for the 2020 season. Still one of the league's most prolific power hitters, Edwin managed to hit 34 home runs in only 109 combined games with the Seattle Mariners and Yankees in 2019. For a team that is in dire need extra pop in the middle of the order, Edwin could be an ideal fit in Tampa Bay. Given that he's 36 years old, though, the Rays might be able to get him at a fair price.
3. Howie Kendrick – Second Base/Outfield
Howie Kendrick is coming off a solid two-year stint with the Washington Nationals, especially during their postseason run, as he was named the 2019 NLCS MVP. Although he's 36 years old, Kendrick hit .344 last season and clearly still has plenty left in the tank. He could fill a number of needs in Tampa, as he can play multiple positions and is a solid, reliable presence in the batting order. For a team that's trying to get over the hump, a veteran like Kendrick could be a great addition.
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