If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.”
However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that many of our wishes came true. Many did not. If we can get a couple of more this year, the Rays might just win it all.
Without further ado…
On the fourth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, FOUR ALL-STARS…
OK. Asking for four all-stars is a lot. But if the Rays are going to be in the race in July, they need at least four players that are at least worthy of all-star consideration. That means Evan Longoria needs to be healthy. And it means James Shields and David Price need to be pitching well.
Those three guys should be all-star candidates every year. But those three might not be enough. So somebody else will need to step up and have an unexpected career-year. Will Matt Joyce finally be put a full season together? Is Desmond Jennings ready to put up all-star numbers? Or will BJ Upton put up a solid six months in his contract year?
You can make an argument for all three of those guys, and hopefully all three will have good years. But the Rays need one of them to have an All-Star season.