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Yoshi is bringing the hype and doubling the fanbase with his army of Yokohama die-hards.

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Coming off 97 win season, Renfroe and Yoshi will provide some new power, pitching will be what Rays pitching always is, best farm in MLB to provide reinforcements—and right around the corner looms the chosen one, the prince who was promised, the messiah who will lead his people out of the scorching sands into the bountiful land of milk and poutine.
 

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What is your guess at the current lineup? The pitching staff seems pretty unchanged from last year, and loaded in both rotation and bullpen if guys are healthy, but the lineup seems weaker as of now without Pham and D'Arnaud.
 

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Yoshi is bringing the hype and doubling the fanbase with his army of Yokohama die-hards.

View: https://twitter.com/raysbaseball/status/1207435834812764160?s=21



Coming off 97 win season, Renfroe and Yoshi will provide some new power, pitching will be what Rays pitching always is, best farm in MLB to provide reinforcements—and right around the corner looms the chosen one, the prince who was promised, the messiah who will lead his people out of the scorching sands into the bountiful land of milk and poutine.
Wait til he finds out the 12 million they offered him was in yen. :)
Actually he could be really good bargain at 2/12.
 

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Wait til he finds out the 12 million they offered him was in yen. :)
Actually he could be really good bargain at 2/12.
I expect he'll be a decent bargain yeah. I have to be honest, I'm going to hate the Rays a little less this year.
 

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I expect he'll be a decent bargain yeah. I have to be honest, I'm going to hate the Rays a little less this year.
I was thinking the only Ray/Devil Ray I disliked was Maddon. Then I remembered Gerald Williams and ironically three future Sox, Gomes, Price, and Crawford. Crawford was the "respect" kind of hate. You know wishing he was on your favorite team. Then he was on my favorite team. No more respect just hate.
 

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Rays lead BA top 100 with 8 on the list including the chosen one in the top spot. McKay is at #14 followed by:

2B Vidal Brujan, No. 51

RHP Shane Baz, No. 71

RHP Brent Honeywell, No. 80

LHP Shane McClanahan, No. 83

2B Xavier Edwards, No. 85

RHP Joe Ryan, No. 98



An embarrassment of riches.
 

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More Wander Porn:


Best prospect ever, etc etc etc
 

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(sorry for posting, Justin Turner, I know the physicals aren't done yet)
 

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"One more thing from #Rays press conference, Neander stressed they will do what’s best for top prospect Wander Franco’s long term development, but ... if he keeps progressing as he has, there COULD be conversations late in this season about bringing him up"
 

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"One more thing from #Rays press conference, Neander stressed they will do what’s best for top prospect Wander Franco’s long term development, but ... if he keeps progressing as he has, there COULD be conversations late in this season about bringing him up"
They are teeing up extension talks, with the big carrot hanging out there that if he signs an extension, he can come up and play in MLB right away and won’t get his service time “managed.”

12/$150m and he’s hitting lead-off in October.
 

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What is your guess at the current lineup? The pitching staff seems pretty unchanged from last year, and loaded in both rotation and bullpen if guys are healthy, but the lineup seems weaker as of now without Pham and D'Arnaud.
I've been stalling on replying because I continue to think there may be more moves coming. Hopefully trading some OF/1B depth for a catcher and then signing Puig. But pitchers and catchers are in Port Charlotte, so might as well take a crack at it now.

The lineup is....there is no lineup. Rays seem to be planning to respond to the extra roster spot, limit on pitchers and constraint on bullpen usage by looking to achieve maximum lineup flexibility and play hitting matchups even more aggressively than in the past. The 26 man will have overlapping clusters of players who can cover multiple positions and the supercomputer in the basement of the Trop will presumably spit out the best combination based on what the analytics suggest for any given day's opposing pitcher and park, etc. So, with all that said, here is the roadmap to glory.


Position players:
Zunino RH primary C
Perez LH backup C
Ji-Man LH 1B/DH
Martinez RH 1B/DH
Yandy RH 3B/1B/DH
Yoshi LH 3B/LF/DH
Brandon Lowe LH 2B/3B/LF/RF
Brosseau RH 2B/3B/1B/LF/RF or Wendle LH 2B/SS/3B/RF or Robertson RH 2B/SS/3B (prob only room for one, if Brosseau he needs to show he can backup SS)
Adames RH SS (only spot where one player penciled in as every day starter)
Renfroe RH LF/RF/CF/DH
Meadows LH RF/LF/CF/DH
Kiermaier LH CF
Margot RH CF
Arozarena RH RF/CF/LF or O'Grady LH OF/1B or Nate Lowe LH 1B/3B/DH (last spot on bench)





Pitchers:
Starter-ish--> Snell, Glasnow, Morton, Chirinos, Yarborough
Reliever-ish-->Anderson, Castillo, Alvarado, Drake, Poche, Roe, 1 of Fairbanks/Kittredge.
Mckay will be inserted as a starter at some point in the season if not right out of the gate. Possible 6 man rotation early in season.
Beeks and Banda knocking on the door for bulk guy/long relief.
Honeywell coming back from 2 missed seasons and is a total enigma. No timetable but he's throwing and telling people he'll be pitching in the majors sometime this season. Who knows with him. Really unfortunate injuries.