“And a lot of that is based on our expectations that the players that are returning will perform better than they did last year,” Silverman said. “If our players play to their expectations and we get the contributions that we expect from the players we’ve added, this should be a better offensive team.”
Should that improvement take place, this year’s team could be pretty interesting.
“If you couple that [offensive improvement] with the pitching and defense that we rely upon, this team should be competitive,” Silverman said. “It should be compelling. The talent level is certainly there. It just looks different than it has in years past.”
Silverman was asked if the Rays are still in the market for a power bat. A question for which the answer is painfully obvious.
“A power bat is probably of interest to every club and very difficult to find out there,” Silverman said. “We’ll continue to have conversations with clubs about different combinations, and I’m sure we’ll discuss adding more power. But it’s hard to handicap anything coming together.”
“And while his bat doesn’t have the traditional profile of the traditional power bat, it’s a plus bat against right-handed pitching, with some power potential,” Silverman said. “And that has real appeal to us. Our lineup with him in the mix is a much more formidable lineup, and that was a big part of the motivation for bringing him back in trade.”