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Disappointed Rays see busy off-season, bright future ahead



Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman and manager Kevin Cash wrapped up what both called a disappointing 80-82 season today with a media session at the Trop.

"Anytime we're sitting here before you guys and not talking about a postseason series, it's a disappointment,'' Silverman said. "We came into spring training believing we had a team that would compete for the playoffs and possibly extend our season deep into the playoffs, and that didn't happen. There are a number of reasons for that.''

Among the more interesting points:

* While acknowledging injuries are a factor for all teams, Silverman said it was a bigger issue for the Rays due to the number of injuries and that they "don't really have the luxury for bad breaks.''

* Silverman said he sees "a really good foundation" between the major- and minor-league teams, and Cash said the experience gained by the young players, and the staff, will benefit them going forward."

* Silverman said he expects it to be a busy offseason at least in terms of talking, and they have a number of positions to address. Shortstop looks to be the biggest hole, and he made clear they would be open to dealing a starting pitcher.

* Though principal owner Stuart Sternberg indicated last month the payroll may go down from $72-million, Silverman said they are just now having those conversations as they look at it over a several year window. He did note that the top 10 teams average $100- million more than the Rays.

* One reason for their losing record was a run differential of only plus-2. Both Cash and Silverman put the onus on the offense to improve and feel that it can especially as they stick with the more aggressive approach.

* Silverman said the oft-discussed pitching philosophy was hatched out of necessity and will be further studied as they shape their rotations and bullpens going forward.

* Silverman said they were probably lucky to be 40-30 at one point, and that he felt the actually played better later in the season and didn't have the same results.

* All the coaches are expected back; all are signed thru 2016 except 1B coach Rocco Baldelli.

* The Rays will open spring training Feb. 19 in Port Charlotte, first spring game is March 2 at home vs. #Nationals.

* Asked his prediction for who wins the post-season, Cash chose the Blue Jays.

Rays manager Kevin Cash, during an end of season press conference Tuesday at Tropicana Field.


Rays manager Kevin Cash, during an end of season press conference Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 5:46pm]


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