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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: What presents will Santa bring for the Rays?

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Plus: another deep dive into the lasting legacy of the 2018 Rays

League Championship Series - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game Four Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

Rays Links

This is how the Rays started a revolution - Anthony Castrovince, MLB: In 2018, the Rays were once again at the cutting edge of the “next big advance” in baseball thinking. The Rays were first through the wall, setting the stage for what many teams seem poised to experiment with going forward.

Morton on joining Rays: ‘Too good to be true’ - Richard Justice, MLB: The Rays made official the signing of Charlie Morton, who figures to be an absolutely huge addition to the Rays in the more “traditional” starter role. Well, as traditional as you can get going from a low 90s ground ball journeyman starter to becoming an upper 90s strikeout artist.

Rays Tales: No reason to say uncle, Charlie - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: More coverage on the biggest prize (so far) for the Rays this offseason.

How Friday was like a box of Now and Laters for Rays - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: The Rays also made a trade, shifting some wins from the future to the present.

Evaluating the Three-Team Profar Exchange - Eric Longenhagen, Fan Graphs: Great breakdown of all the elements, and angles, to this three team deal.

Tampa Bay Rays Trade Three for Sergio Romo Replacement - Jason Hanselman, The Process Report: Essential reading to understand a bit more about who Emilio Pagan is, and why the Rays targeted him.

Kiermaier looking to bounce back in 2019 - Andrew Simon, MLB: Kiermaier is among several bounce-back candidates Simon profiles for the 2019 season.

Rays Community Holiday Highlights - The Ray Tank: In the spirit of the holidays, it’s great to check out what the Rays organization and players do in the community.

Around the League

2019 MLB Mock Draft v1 - Carlos Collazo, Baseball America: With the Rays adding another top 40 draft pick (and the money that brings with it), it’s perfect timing for BA to release their first mock draft.

Dodgers Clear Payroll as Reds Move Closer to Contender Status - Craig Edwards, Fan Graphs: Dodgers and Reds made a huge move, with LA seemingly trying to clear as much cash as they can for Harper.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!