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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 03: Ji-Man Choi #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays collides with Joey Wendle #18 catching a pop fly off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on October 03, 2021 in New York City.

Just because we didn’t get to the happy ending we wanted doesn’t mean it’s over for the Tampa Bay Rays. It is time to get ready to take the World Series next year. Three major questions should be on the mind for the future of the team.

How will they manage their 40-man roster?

The Rays will need new pitchers as some have finished the season on the 60-day injury list. Even some, like Lefty reliever Adam Conley, were out due to Coivd-19. According to the MLB Website, seven players are being sent to free agency. Added, we have 19 players, some of who may be traded or cut altogether. Finally, with a wave of young players, they will want to trim the roster to make room to build the organization.

Will they pick up Mike Zunino’s club option?

Taking priority to get set for next season is to retain one of MLB’s top catchers. the 30-year-old has maxed out his option salary at $7 mil playing a total of 109 games this season. The Rays may be losing out money-wise, but they are gaining a solid hitter who had 33 home runs and paired with Francisco Mej√≠a as the Rays ranked Second on OPS amongst catchers at (.812).

Will they pursue any of their free agents?

Several names are being looked at, but they did not get a chance to show their stuff this season due to injuries. Nelson Cruz, Collin McHugh, Michael Wacha, David Robertson, Chaz Roe, Chris Archer, and Tommy Hunter. Speculation is being made that the Rays will consider a reunion with Nelson Cruz, but his inability to perform against the Twins has led to many thinking he may be cut.

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