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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: A toast to 2018

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Countdowns and lookbacks galore!

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Rays Links

Top Rays social media posts of 2018 - The Ray Tank: As we approach 2019, take a fun look back at the highlights from a fun year for the Rays excellent media team.

These 5 pitchers should break out in ‘19 - Mike Petriello, MLB.com: Tyler Glasnow is one of Petriello’s 5 breakout pitchers for 2019.

Inbox: What will Zunino’s role be in 2019? - Richard Justice, MLB.com: Justice takes on the mailbag questions for the Rays this week.

Blue Jays Designate Oliver Drake - Connor Byrne, MLBTradeRumors: Multi-week former Ray, Oliver Drake is now back on the market.

3 ways the Rays can still get better in 2019 - Richard Justice, MLB.com: Losing out on Nelson Cruz was a tough pill to swallow for everyone. Will the Rays make a splash at DH/1B or will they get creative with a strong platoon split bat to go with the in-house candidates?

MLB hot stove: Six hitters the Rays could target after losing out on Nelson Cruz - Mike Axisa, CBS Sports: Some interesting new names to go with long rumored ones Axisa brings up as potential options.

10 plays from 2018 that will leave you in awe - Mike Petriello, MLB.com: Kevin Kiermaier always leaves us in awe, and of course he made the list for Petriello for “The great catch that required the longest distance”.

10 pitchers who made impressive debuts in ‘18 - Andrew Simon, MLB.com: Ryan Yarbrough makes the list of impressive first year players with his impressive 26.9 percent hard-hit rate.

Around the League

Blue Jays acquire lefty Richard from Padres

With deadline looming, where will Kikuchi sign? - Jason Catania, MLB.com: It seems likely Kikuchi will land on the West Coast.

Sunday Notes: Analytics Have Changed, Leadership Hasn’t Changed - David Laurila, Fan Graphs

Trump administration aims to stop professional baseball deal with Cuba - Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald