Kevin CashOn Friday we took a look at how the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays roster is shaping up. There are still a few mysteries surrounding the roster but they are all linked to the biggest mystery of them all, how different Kevin Cash will be compared to Joe Maddon.

On the surface, that seems like a simple question. Cash is a much more no-nonsense personality. He is not going to do press conferences wearing a football helmet or bring penguins and salsa bands into the locker room.

So on the surface, it would seem that Cash would be a more conservative manager and do things like, name a closer and use a more set lineup with fewer platoons and nightly matchups. But what we don’t know is how much of Maddon’s constant tinkering was his doing or at least partially fueled by what the front office wanted Maddon to do.

Remember, the front office doesn’t just collect players and leave the rest up to the manager. They also do the math on how best to maximize the production of those players. Certainly Cash will implement his own vision. But that vision is going to be guided by the numbers the front office provides.

So things will be different off the field. But things may not be that much different on the field and Cash will make more than $4 million less than Maddon this year to do it.


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  • Matt Silverman says the team is even more confident in the 2015 team than they were a couple of months ago. []
  • Marc Topkin mentions that one way Rays can upgrade offense is to take a chance on a veteran player another team no longer wants and may be willing to eat most of the contract. A couple of names mentioned are BJ Upton and Alex Rodriguez. []
  • Would Tampa-St. Pete lose some credibility if it lost the Rays? []
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  1. monte says:

    NO, NO, NO to BJ Upton!!!!
    No to Alex Rodriquez.
    Who else is available?

  2. Skateman says:

    Evan Gattis

  3. Peter says:

    Cash won't set the lineup. That's why Giants bench coach Ron Wotus walked out of his interview after 5 minutes. The constant lineup "adjusting" is just the Rays way. But man did Maddon love to take credit for the Rays success. Maddon is a complete fraud, and the Chicago media and more specifically managing in the NL will eat him alive.

  4. edward williams says:

    I know this may sound crazy but if he is still available , why not johny gomes, he would give the team more energy , if that is the word I am looking for, and he was a fan favorite the last time he was here.

  5. monte says:

    I'm in agreement on Jonny Gomes. He'll supply a lot of energy to the clubhouse, power at the plate and he strikes out a lot.

  6. edward williams says:

    except for the home runs and the energy, he fits this offense to a tee. lolol


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