The Rays need to fill a few holes this offseason. First, we need to stop the revolving door at RF. Second, we need a DH that will help out the middle of the order. Finally, we need a closer.
There's talk about Jackson or Sonnanstine being bait to fill one of these holes. One of the reasons being the emerging Price. His stocked really moved up with great bullpen appearances in the post season. Should we keep Price in the Pen to start the year? This could be a similar approach as Joba for the Yankees.
What if Jackson has his breakout year in 2009? Jackson has value this offseason but it's hard to imagine his stock bringing what we need in RF or at DH. Jackson is not an eye sore for our cap and could easily eat innings in multiple roles. Jackson as a UTILITY arm could be very useful next year. If one of our starting 4 get injured then we might be in a tight spot in the best division in baseball.
With all of this said, "I think we should bargain shop in January to fill holes." It sounds horrible but I think there are option on the FA market this year and unless we maximize on a trade I think we stick to what worked in 2008. RF is huge this year and Edwin will not fill that need in a trade. Will depth in the pitching game and a bargain deal bat be enough for 2009? Should we keep Jackson and plan on him starting in 2009?