Off-Season-In-Review: Rays (Bonus: Line-Up Included!)

Shanan H.Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Designated hitter Pat Burrell #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays signs an autograph before play against the Philadelphia Phillies February 28, 2009 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Ray's off-season wasn't huge, but it probably improved the team.

Let's review:

12/10/08

Acquired OF Matt Joyce from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for RHP Edwin Jackson.

This added good depth, and although Jackson's important, he's not as important as this depth.

1/5/09

Signed OF Pat Burrell to a two-year contract, and released 1B Dan Johnson.

Replaced Cliff Floyd, and more!

1/12/09

Signed OF Gabe Kapler to a one-year contract. 

More depth, and a great player, too.  Maybe occasionally playing for Gross?

2/9/09

Signed 3B Morgan Ensberg to a Minor League contract. 

More depth!

2/19/09

Signed 2B Adam Kennedy to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

May see some time, but more depth. 

2/20/09

Signed RHP Jason Isringhausen to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.  

Maddon loves having guys like this in his packed bullpen.

Line-up and Rotation:

2B: Iwamura

CF: Upton

LF: Crawford

3B: Longoria

1B: Pena

DH: Burrell

C: Navarro

RF: Gross

SS: Bartlett

SP: Kazmir

SP: Shields

SP: Garza

SP: Sonnanstine

SP: Price

CL: Very Deep! Percival/D. Wheeler