Red Sox GM: Demise of Rays "greatly exaggerated''
Red Sox GM Theo Epstein still considers the Rays a threat despite all their changes, and had some interesting comments on them, courtesy of Gordon Edes at ESPN:
On the addition of former Red Sox stars Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez: "Good moves Those guys probably can still hit a little bit, to say the least. It'll probably make for some interesting head-to-head matchups.''
On their overall roster changes: "I think the demise of the Rays is greatly exaggerated. Even before those moves we never erased them at all from our radar. I think they’re uniquely positioned to lose some really good players and keep their status as one of the best teams in baseball, given the strength of their farm system and the players they have ready to step in. They lose (Matt) Garza, they have (Jeremy) Hellickson to step in. They lose (Carl) Crawford they have (Desmond) Jennings and (Matt) Joyce to step in. They're going to be real tough.''