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The Tampa Bay Rays’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

The Tampa Bay Rays' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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The Tampa Bay Rays were on the cusp of playoff greatness not too long ago, but the team looks drained and old recently. Being in a division with the Yankees, Red Sox and the emerging Blue Jays make it hard to compete on a year-to-year basis. Fortunately, the Rays have both young talent and experienced veterans to get back into the thick of things.

5. Wil Myers

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5. Wil Myers

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Last season, Myers gave the Rays roster a much needed shot in the arm. His electric play and timely hitting was everything for Tampa Bay late last year. This season, he has been able to recapture some of that magic. He is the high-energy player that successful teams have.

4. Chris Archer

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4. Chris Archer

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With David Price likely to be gone sooner rather than later, the Tampa Bay rotation will soon belong to Chris Archer, who has all the skills needed to lead the Rays on the mound. He just needs to put it all together.

3. Sean Rodriguez

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3. Sean Rodriguez

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MLB teams see a lot of success when they have great production from reserve players. Rodriguez doesn’t start, but plays he makes the most of his limited opportunities. He leads the team in long balls with six on the season.

2. Desmond Jennings

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2. Desmond Jennings

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Most of the time, Jennings looks as good as B.J. Upton playing defense in center field. Jennings has four home runs and 24 runs scored. I think he’s safe in the outfield for a while.

1. Evan Longoria

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1. Evan Longoria

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Longoria is easily one of the best third basemen in the league, and he is the centerpiece of this team.