With an impending deal on the way, the question most Rays ask is...
"Which Rays player will be the first to go?"(POLL ATTACHED)
The options are...
Joey Gathright: His speed is world-class and his Minor League stats say that he could be an OBP machine at the top of the line-up. Has improved his defensive greatly and is at least average there now. Would thrive if ever given a full shot at being a starting CF for another team, he'd end up being the Rays 4th or 5th OF(due to the organization's glut of OFers) if they decided to keep him. His only drawback is his Low Slg Pct. and knack for being a "glorified singles hitter" with little or no bunting skills.
Aubrey Huff: Versatile player who can play(I use that word strongly, though) multiple postions. Until last year, he put up Rolen-like stats offensively. Change of scenery would greatly help his numbers go back to what they once were. His blasting of the Rays former front office is one of the main reasons why the Rays want to trade him. His drawback is that he's aging and fans thought that he "dogged it" for much of the season defensively(which was already bad before he decided to give up). It's a matter of opinion, though, and could be useful for many teams.
Danys Baez: Rays closer whose improved every year that he's been here. Non-vocal closer who has some "ice water in his veins". He's increased his stock with a 40+ save season in 2005. Even though he had alot of blown saves(9, I believe), he still managed to get the W in at least half of them. He's being to be too expensive for the Rays as their closer, but he'd be a nice fall-back for teams in search of a closer and lose out on the "Wagner/Ryan Sweepstakes". His drawback is that his pitching peripherals have worsened every year with the Rays and he's only good in 1 inning of work...beyond that it's up to chance whether or not he keeps the game intact.
Julio Lugo: One of the most underrated shortstops in baseball. Average Defense mixed with average-to-above average offensive production. Turned into the Rays leadoff man(finally) and thrived there. Combined with Crawford, he was 1/2 of the best 1-2 hitters in baseball who combined for 376 hits, 85 Stolen Bases and 21 Triples. 2 things may stand in the way of Lugo returning with the Rays: Rays Uberprospect BJ Upton(who is MLB-ready) and Rays new Exec. VP Gerry Hunsicker(who has a "history" with Lugo from their days in Houston). Lugo's OBP soared with the move to the leadoff spot. Lugo's drawback is that he's sometimes not the greatest fielder, prone to being picked off/caught stealing and his OBP is normally low(Pre-2005, his career OBP was around .335).
Who will be the first Devil Ray to be traded?
This poll is closed
Other- Toby Hall
Other- Prospects/Lesser-known 40-Man Roster Players
Other- Surprise "bigger name" Rays player(Gomes, Upton)