Rays wrapup: Sting remains, turnover expected, future bright
We'll have more later today in words and video on tampabay.com, but here are some highlights from today's Rays season wrap-up interviews:
Manager Joe Maddon said he felt the proabably played to their potential, and got beat by a better team.
Maddon said he expects all coaches - whose contracts are up - to return.
Several players said they hope the Rays find a way to keep David Price - who left before the media availability - and executive VP Andrew Friedman said he wouldn't comment on "what-if" situations.
Friedman said they have interest in bringing back several of their potential free agents, and they would like to add more speed.
Closer Fernando Rodney is one of those free agents, and teammate Joel Peralta said Rodney would be willing to take less money than he could get elsewhere to return.
3B Evan Longoria said though the ending was disappointing, it was important to keep perspective on how the season was successful overall, though he felt the Rays got away from their even-keel approach and were too emotional at times.
Friedman said even with turnover expected and the payroll unlikely to grow - and possibly be cut - he expects them to be a competitive team again next season.