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That would allow cheap Logan Morrison jersey and cheap Steve Pearce jersey to share first, with cheap Corey Dickerson jersey getting a chunk of his at bats at DH and their preferred outfield alignment of cheap Desmond Jennings jersey in left, cheap Kevin Kiermaier jersey in center and cheap Steven Souza Jr. jersey in right, with cheap Brandon Guyer jersey as the top backup (and starter somewhere vs. lefty pitchers).
A signing is more likely given the number of arms still on the free agent market, probably to a minor league deal. Though RHP cheap Tyler Clippard jersey may prove too expensive, RHP cheap Ryan Webb jersey, along with RHPs cheap Tommy Hunter jersey and Burke Badenhop, are among legit possibilities.
Or the Rays jerseys could use their surplus of hitters to trade for a reliever, with the Indians jerseys, Nationals jerseys, Rangers jerseys and Angels jerseys among the teams that could fit. Adding a reliever with options would be a bonus as the pen could use some flexibility.
As it is now, they have RHPs cheap Brad Boxberger jersey, cheap Alex Colome jersey, Steve Geltz and cheap Danny Farquhar jersey and LHPs cheap Xavier Cedeno jersey and cheap Enny Romero jersey, with RHP Andrew Bellatti and non roster LHP cheap Dana Eveland jersey competing.
Trade Jennings or Guyer: The Rays jerseys feel they are better and deeper keeping both, knowing there will be days when Kiermaier and Souza aren’t the best matchups and that Jennings is also their next best centerfield option.
It can work, though that assumes a) Jennings, who has played 28 of their past 190 games, is healthy and ready to have the kind of season they’ve been waiting for and b) Dickerson, already adjusting to a new league and altitude, can handle the DH role, which he says he is okay with.
Or they could trade one Guyer may bring more, per some evaluators, though Jennings provides savings given his $3.3 million salary and open more at bats for Pearce and/or Morrison and others, with cheap Mikie Mahtook jersey potentially getting the last spot.
Sign SS cheap Ian Desmond jersey. The longer the Sarasota born free agent sits on the market, the more his price drops and the more the sliding scale shifts toward it being worth giving up the No. 13 draft pick, whether in a low base salary, an additional year of control or both.
Signing Desmond would, in theory, add another powerful bat to what is already a more dynamic lineup. But it would bump cheap Brad Miller jersey, who was acquired to play short, into a utility role.
Desmond, who turned down a one year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Nats, still seems likely to end up elsewhere. But the longer this goes on, the more the chance he makes the short drive to Port Charlotte.
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