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Rays Playoff History Is Short

Throughout their history, the Rays have five total playoff appearances. Two of those are divisions championships, and one of those, 2008, was the lone American League Pennant for this team.

Somehow, with a very unusual approach, the Tampa Bay Rays are making things work in their division. The last couple of seasons the team has managed to improve, all while using different approaches to put together a roster. Projected to finish fourth, the Rays won 96 games and were the second wild card team. After defeating the Athletics, the Rays took the powerhouse Astros to five games before bowing out. Still, it was a great season nevertheless.

The Rays kicked off the offseason by adding catcher Mike Zunino on a one-year contract. In December they traded right-handed pitcher Tommy Pham and super-utility man Jake Cronenworth to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infielder Xavier Edwards. Their other December move was to add third baseman/outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo on a two-year contract. In January they avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake, right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, and infielder Daniel Robertson. They finished January by adding a slew of players on minor league contracts, the notable of which are catcher Chris Herrmann and right-handed pitcher Angel German. It is time to recognize the Rays as serious contenders. Whether or not they can win it all remains to be seen, but they are contenders.

The Rays recent run of success has officially come to an end, as they have entered into a rebuild, from the ground up, literally. General Manager Andrew Friedman left to take the role as President of Baseball Operations for the Dodgers and Joe Maddon is now the manager of the Cubs. Taking Friedman’s place as General Manager will be Matthew Silverman, a Harvard Graduate. Taking Joe Maddon’s place as manager will be former Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash. The two of them have much work to do, and as many players will need to be traded as the Rays simply can’t afford to pay all of their players long term contracts. Two of those names are already out the door in recent years as James Shields was traded to the Kansas City Royals prior to the start of the 2013 season and David Price was traded to the Tigers before the trade deadline last season. Evan Longoria could be next on the trade block, as his eight year contract he signed in his first season is set to expire.

The Tampa Bay Rays found themselves taking a deep dive, just around mid-season of 2016. Their record is good for last place in the American League East and their season is fading fast. The Rays tried to hang on last year to no avail, and many people wonder if the Rays should finally admit what the rest of the world knows. It's time. Meaning it's time for a rebuild in Tampa Bay. The Rays had a nice long run of success, but it's time to let the bottom fall out, and rebuild the team. This means trading longtime franchise player Evan Longoria.

If the Rays choose to move their franchise player, he would certainly be in high demand, and they could get a pretty big sum in return. Looking around the league possible landing spots could be the Indians, Mets, Cardinals, and Giants. Desmond Jennings is another player they should move. They also have a few other players they could move as well, but all of them are on the DL at the moment.

The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off of rought 2016 season. They finished with a record of 68-94, good for the second worst record in the league, and the third worst record overall. Many people think the Rays have reached the end of the line, and it is time to trade Evan Longoria. However, that did not happen this offseason. Every year until he is traded, Longoria is going to be a prime candidate to be a deadline trade.

During the off season, the Rays named Erik Neander their new general manager and they made a bunch of small moves as well. Their most notable move was signing catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year contract. Ramos was headed for a big contract early in his career, but two devastating knee injuries ruined that. Ramos will try to put his career back together in Tampa.

Many of baseball teams feature tradition-rich history such as the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Tampa Bay Rays are not one of those teams. The Rays are baseball’s newest franchise coming into existence in 1998. Rays baseball tickets are easy to select by game listing below. The team was officially known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but changed their name in 2008 to just the Rays. They have only called one building home, Tropicana Field which opened in 1998. However, they are looking to get a new stadium built because as far as desirable baseball revenues are concerned, Tropicana Field is way down the list. However the State just built a new stadium for the Marlins, so the Rays may have to wait a little while.

Ten years ago, the Tampa Bay Rays came out of nowhere, establishing themselves as one of the American League’s best teams. They reached the World Series in 2008 and wound up finishing .500 or better every year between 2008-2013. This was a team that featured a lineup anchored by Evan Longoria, who at one point in his career was the best two-way third basemen in the game, meaning he could both defend and hit. That group of Rays made Carlos Pena, a career borderline starter, into an All-Star. Those Rays teams were known for their defense and pitching, anchored by the very talented David Price.

In the last few years, the Rays have been on a downturn. Being one of baseball’s smallest payroll teams, the Rays could not afford to keep most of these players. Longoria watched as his teammates from those years left one after another, and the Rays suffered because of it. The most head-scratching decision was how long they held onto Longoria, finally trading him to the Giants this off season, simply for prospects. Had they traded Longoria two years ago, they could have received a much better haul then they did. Instead, Longoria’s wear and tear showed the past two seasons, and the team received much less in return than they would have. They can’t be blamed though for holding onto him. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has been trying everything he can to get a new stadium, as Tropicana Field is considered the worst stadium in baseball at the moment.

The Tampa Bay Rays had a very surprising 2018, winning 90 games but still finishing a distant seven games out of the second Wild Card spot. So what did they do this offseason to build on their surprising 2018? The Rays kicked off the offseason by making a very significant trade, sending outfielders Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley to the Mariners for left-handed pitcher Michael Plassmeyer, outfielder Guillermo Heredia, and catcher Mike Zunino. Eleven days later, they made another trade, sending right-handed pitcher Chih-Wei Hu to the Indians for infielder Gionti Turner. In December, they participated in a three-team trade with the Mariners and Indians in which they traded away first baseman Jake Bauers and received infielder Yandy Diaz and right-handed pitcher Cole Sulser. They also signed right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton to a two-year contract to give their rotation some help that badly needed it. In January they settled arbitration with catcher Mike Zunino, third baseman Matt Duffy, and right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe. They also added outfielder Avisail Garcia to a one-year contract and added infielder Emilio Bonifacio as well as right-handed pitchers Ricardo Pinto, Casey Sadler and Luis Santos on minor league contracts. At some point, the smoke and mirrors of the Rays, especially in regards to how they handle their pitching staff, is going to be exposed and their bluff will be called. When that happens, they will come back to earth a little.

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