Need another catcher, preferably one with good defensive skills? No problem. Need an outfielder who can wreak havoc on the basepaths? Sounds good. How about a veteran hitter who is an above-average lefty masher for his career? Got that too. Maybe another promising arm for the pen, even greedily asking for him to be a lefty? Done, done, done and done.
On Wednesday the Rays should be calling up Navi, Desmond Jennings, Baldelli, and Jake McGee. That isn't even counting Brad Hawpe and Jeremy Hellickson, two guys who could be key contributors down the stretch and into the post-season.
What other team can assemble talent like this for the season's final 30 games? If you think Maddon is matchup stir crazy now, just wait until the calvary arrives.
The Rays have assembled the perfect combination of in case of injury veterans (Navi, Baldelli, Hawpe) along with MLB-ready prospects (Hellboy, McGee, Jennings). Both point to the amazing job Friedman has done in putting this team together. The Rays preach quality organizational depth, acknowledging the rigors of a 162 game season and they've put together talent that can step in without missing much of a beat.
If the Rays go on to win the division, it will be of no surprise if this next wave gives them the final push needed.
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