The Tampa Bay Rays roster has been picked apart this offseason, with a lot of players being signed by their American League East rivals. The Rays tried to get back at the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees by signing a pair of their former players, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. These veterans will be welcomed into Tampa Bay to add experience and talent to a team who has the talent but not much experience.
Last year with the Detroit Tigers, Damon hit .271 with eight home runs and 51 RBI in 145 games. While Manny Ramirez played only 90 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox due to injury, which could be a concern for the Rays going forward. In 2010, Ramirez hit .298 with nine home runs and 42 RBI.
Initially, these signings look great for the Rays, but if you are wondering how they fit into the Rays lineup and clubhouse, I will give you a couple of examples.