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3 Players Who Definitely Won't Be on the Rays' Roster Next Season

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 08:  Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Despite their best efforts against a vastly superior opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays fell in five games to the Houston Astros in the 2019 ALDS in five games. Erik Neander has a reputation as one of the most tinkering GMs in all of baseball, so despite their recent success on a budget, these three players could find themselves playing elsewhere in 2019.

3. INF Eric Sogard

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Eric Sogard #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays at bat against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 6-4.  (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | John McCoy/Getty Images

Acquired at the trade deadline from the Toronto Blue Jays, Eric Sogard didn't exactly pick up where he left off when he arrived in Tampa Bay. The Rays infielder batted just .266 with a .731 OPS in 37 games compared to .300 with an .840 OPS in 73 games with the Jays. He'll be a free agent after this season and with Brandon Lowe back from injury, there's no longer any room for the veteran.

2. OF Avisail Garcia

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 02:  Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two-run home run off Sean Manaea #55 of the Oakland Athletics in the second inning of the American League Wild Card Game at RingCentral Coliseum on October 02, 2019 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Wild Card Round - Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Garcia was a surprise signing from the analytically-driven Rays considering he isn't exactly an on-base guy. But he managed to bring some veteran moxie into a young clubhouse and add some pop in the middle of the order, hitting .282 with 20 home runs and posting an OPS+ of 111. Garcia was only here on a one-year deal, so despite the power he provided, the notoriously thrifty Rays will likely try to replace him via a cheaper alternative in free agency.

1. C Travis d'Arnaud

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 27: Travis d'Arnaud #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays | Mark Blinch/Getty Images

The Rays cashed in on a lottery ticket when they added d'Arnaud to the mix, as he instantly became the preferred catching option over former Seattle Mariner Mike Zunino. d'Arnaud hit .251 with 16 home runs this season, catching most of their playoff games along the way. A reunion in St. Petersburg is highly unlikely, however, as d'Arnaud might have priced himself out of the Rays' range. Other teams will see his OPS+ of 98 and .745 OPS as a viable backup option worth paying for.