760 ALCS GM7 RED SOX V RAYSIf 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.

Without further ado…

On the second day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, TWO BIG LEAGUE DESIGNATED HITTERS…

Have you seen the projected opening day roster based on players currently in the organization? If the season started today, the DH would be some combination of Elliot Johnson, Sean Rodriguez, and Ryan Roberts. That’s not good. Once Wil Myers is promoted, things get a little better as you can add Brandon Guyer and either Sam Fuld or Matt Joyce to the mix. But who knows for certain when that will happen.

In the meantime, the Rays need at least one bat, and probably two. They don’t have to be traditional DH-types. More likely they will be typical utility-type players with strong splits. But who? If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them.

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  1. Kyle Harris says:

    I think the Rays should sign Ryan Theriot. He is similar to Keppinger and we can get him for a decent price. This signing would add more depth as well as many more line-up possibilities.

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  2. Drew says:

    Unlike last year, there is not a single free agent left that I would like to see the Rays sign to (primarily) DH. Best case scenario is Berkman but I'm not counting on it. After that...Jeff Baker, Carlos Lee, Grady Sizemore, Austin Kearns...not a lot there

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  3. Andy says:

    Is Dan Johnson still available? ;-) If so, he's probably not too different from the 1st group above, but with more power/majic, perhaps. Maybe 3rd time's a charm for this DJ :-)

    Grady might be a good reclamation project since he's a CF. Has Damon found a home yet? Last of the least, what @ Vlad Guerrero; is he still teamless? He often seemed to give our pitchers a challenge/tough time. Maybe we can squeeze another decent year from him.

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  4. Daniel Bamber says:

    In my opinion the Rays should be trying to make a trade for Alfonso Soriano or Mike Morse to be the DH.

    I would prefer Soriano, the Cubs would willing to pay approximately $26MM of the $36MM remaining on Soriano's deal. That is a 2 year deal by the way, so the Rays would only have to pay Soriano $5mill which is a steal, in my opinion. I just think that if the Rays had Soriano on their radar a deal should of been done already or deeply discussed beacause Soriano is a perfect fit for the Rays. The aksing price is low in comparision to his value, he has two years left on his current deal, he fits financially but most importantly he provides a power bat that we so desperately need.

    On the other hand the Rays have already discusessed a trade with the Nats for Mike Morse. I think the Nats are going to trade Morse until they have Adam LaRoche signed, at this moment i think Morse is being kept as a security blanket just in case LarRoche signs elsewhere. Morse is an FA next year which isn't exactly great. I think what attracts the Rays to Morse, other than his bat and low salary is the fact he's versatile, the Rays could play him in the OF and at 1B. That helps because Joyce and Loney don't particular hit lefties very well, for that reason Morse can be moved around and fill in for those lefty bats.

    We'll have to wait and see, i would like Soriano as our DH but i think Morse is the guy who will be DH-ing for the Rays in 2013.

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    • Phil says:

      I agree would love Soriano or Morse...depends on the prospects you have to give up ...Soriano ....Torres and Guyer? Morse ..Archer or Ordonnzi?
      Either one would allow Myers to stay in the minors and have less pressure to perform once he comes up!

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      • Daniel Bamber says:

        Well i think it would take the Rays, Romero and Guyer to acquire Soriano, as for Morse i read an article today saying Archer for Morse and prospect Matt Skole, could be considered a fair deal. I actually think the Nats deal would be the best despite giving up our best pitching prospect. I like Morse, he'll provide a solid bat as well provide some versatility plus adding Skole into the deal would be a plus as well. Skole (22) would be one of the best pure power hitters in our system, he would be our long term answer at 1B.

        Another DH option could be Mike Napoli. It was reported that he signed with the Red Sox however the deal yet to be finialized because there is an issue medically. It's been reported that Napoli as an issue with one of his hips. If the Red Sox walk away from Napoli due to his injury, the Rays could try and fly and the radar and get him. With this hip issue Napoli will have take a shorter and cheaper deal which will benefit the Rays.

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  5. J 2.0 says:

    This isn't going to be popular among Rays fans, but other than a trade for Soriano or Morse I'd bring back a healthy Luke Scott at a discount.

    He's a good clubhouse guy and if he is healthy he could get back to hitting .275 25 hrs and 80 rbis coming at $2 million would be great. I'd give him a shot if he could pass a physical.

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    • Phil says:

      Luke Scott only if he is 100% healthy and cheap because he can back up at 1st or of if needed

      How about Luke Scott and Soriano/Morse?

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      • J 2.0 says:

        I would love Soriano or Morse, but Luke Scott or Berkman are more "Rays baseball" type moves.

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        • Phil says:

          Yeah i know but i would like a lefty(Scott) and righty one dh's the other plays left ..and then bring up Meyers on July 1st!

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  6. Tom says:

    1) Willingham
    2) Morse
    3) Kubel
    4) Duda
    5) Soriano
    6) Guzman

    I am not sure if my Top 2 are available but I think any of these 6 would be a nice upgrade.

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  7. deezy333 says:

    Hairston and Morse

    Book it

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    • Tom says:

      I would take those 2 in a heartbeat. Hairston crushes lefties!

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      • deezy333 says:

        I already checked the numbers and Hairston would platoon with Fuld very well. Although Hairston is pretty average versus rhp, he actually hits ground ball righties well. Fuld inversely hits fly ball righties well. In this proposed platoon, Hairston would end up getting 75% of the starts in left field until Myers is called up. The Yankees were rumored to be intrested in in Hairston and they just signed Diaz, presumably taking them out of the running. Pairing Hairston with a true DH (Morse, Berkman, etc.)

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        • Daniel Bamber says:

          The things is though when Myers arrives July 1st, then we would have 5 outfielders (Hairston, Myers, Jennings, Joyce and Fuld.) You only need 4 Outfielders, it would only make sense to sign Hairston if the Rays were to acquire Morse. Morse would be able prevent the log jam to a certain extent because he has the ability to play 1B. Against lefties Morse could play 1B, Hairston moves to DH and Myers, Jennings and Zobrist would occupy the 3 OF's spots. What about Righties? Were does Hairston fit in? on the bench is the answer, he isn't a logical fit for the Rays simply because by July 1st, we have 1 too many OF's, plus the Rays would be paying him 5-7MM to just DH for lefties at that point. BTW Kevin Kernan of the New York Post says the Yanks remained interetsted in Hairston despite the signing of Matt Diaz.

          I think the Rays need 1 more bat to DH that's it. If the Rays were looking to pair a power RH bat with a DH, i would say Napoli would be the best option. He can catch, DH and play some 1B, while providng a powerful bat. Last 3 years he's .AVG has been inconsistent (.238, .320, .227) but the last 3 years he's hit 24+ HR's in each season.

          As for DH, i think it's between Soriano and Morse. I would prefer Soriano for these reasons, i think he can produce more, his salary would be less than Morse, the asking price is lower and we get 1 more year of control as Morse is an FA in 2013 and Soriano is an FA in 2014.

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  8. Dave L says:

    I think what we get in return if we have to trade real players who are legit Rays prospects and may contribute one day isnt worth the difference of what we could get free agent wise to deplete our talent especially pitching.

    I dont want Soriano, we dont need a guy making more money than 3/4 of the roster combined, its not good for chemistry. If a guy is going to be older like 35+ he would have to have a playful makeup like Luke to fit in with this bunch. I would prefer a guy under 35.

    Who? I dunno but anybody has to pass the "definitely a better potential than another year of a cheap Luke Scott" threshold

    We need a DH and/ or a RH power bat to platoon with Loney at first the Rays wont trust his splits I think, that doesnt bode well for Luke unless we pick up 2 bats he can be the other so thats my choice a RH power bat DH/1st + Scott.

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  9. Beazy says:

    "TWO BIG LEAGUE DESIGNATED HITTERS…" that can play every position!

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