Some thought Canzler would have a shot at making the big league club as a backup first baseman/ outfielder. Canzler tore up AAA last season, so it would have been interesting to see how he did at the big league level. I guess we will now have to see how he does in Cleveland for our answer.
Justin Ruggiano, who had been in the organization for 5 seasons, was also designated last week. His roster spot was given to Carlos Pena. Ruggiano refused his assignment to Durham and elected free agency.
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As far as the Rays obtaining free agents, it’s fairly safe to say they will not be big spenders. They will most likely look for role players who fit needs that they have, perhaps in the bullpen and bench depth. If the Rays want to make things interesting, bringing back Carlos Pena or bringing in career Yankee Jorge Posada would be fun. But, if you think that’s too much of a gamble, you might try this Sports Betting Website.]]>
1) Joe Maddon- This is a no-brainer choice for me. He led the Rays back from there horrible start to the playoffs, with an improbable comeback thrown in there. The team could’ve easily given up after the bad start, but they didn’t because Joe wouldn’t let them. Joe definitely deserves the award.
2) Jim Leyland- The Tigers were certainly underachievers last season, but they finally lived up to expectations this year in a big way. With 96 wins they easily won the AL Central and now take on the Yankees in Game 5 tonight. He has done a great job managing this team to where they are.
3) Joe Girardi- As much as it pains me to say it, Joe Girardi has turned out to be a great manager. Sure, he has an amazing team, but it is not always easy to manage a squad of superstars. Girardi led the Yankees to the division title this year and dominated baseball while doing it.]]>
The Rays have a great chance to build around their talented young core to make a run at the championship next season. With Evan Longoria, Matt Moore, Desmond Jennings, and David Price, the Rays have a great young core that could make a run to the championship with the right pieces around them.
We are starting an offseason preview series of posts taking a look at the upcoming make-or-break offseason. First, we will take a look at the expiring contracts and whether or not the Rays will try to bring them back. More after the jump.
The Pending Free Agents
It will certainly be a busy offseason for the Rays, and it all starts off with the expiring contracts and what to do. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, but in the end, I see them only keeping Damon and Farnsworth. Farnsworth is a no brainer with his team-friendly option and Damon can still be a good bat for the Rays, but maybe in a lesser role.]]>