The winter meetings have come and passed with plenty of fanfare and not much else as only one major trade went down — the Miami Marlins shipping Marcell Ozuna off to the St Louis Cardinals — and several top of the line free agent relievers found homes as well.
The Rays made a couple of minor moves, but have been rumored to have something major in the works regarding several of their core players with Evan Longoria and Alex Colome among their most popular names being sought out.
However, as of now, the Rays have stood pat with the majority of their roster still in tact from when the season ended. The only difference has been the dismantling of the bullpen, with Tommy Hunter, Brad Boxberger, Xavier Cedeno, Sergio Romo, Chase Whitley, and Steve Cishek on moving on in some fashion.
If the season were to start tomorrow, here’s how the Rays would stack up on Opening Day:
Catcher - Jesus Sucre and Wilson Ramos
First Base - Brad Miller
Second Base - Matt Duffy and Ryan Schimpf
Short Stop - Adeiny Hechavarria and Daniel Robertson
Third Base - Evan Longoria
Left Field - Mallex Smith and Micah Johnson
Center Field - Kevin Kiermaier
Right Field - Steven Souza Jr
Designated Hitter - Corey Dickerson
Starting Rotation - Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Blake Snell, Jake Faria, and Nate Eovaldi
Bullpen - Alex Colome, Dan Jennings, Chih-Wei Hu, Chaz Roe, Austin Pruitt, Matt Andriese, and Jose Alvarado