Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos both have some big league experience out of the bullpen with San Diego and will be in Tampa next year after the Bartlett trade.
Hak Ju Lee could give the Rays depth in the infield after the deal with Chicago.
Now you add a sparkplug like Johnny Damon to the top of the lineup. And yeah, Manny is no longer Manny. But he still gets on base, has some pop and always has a little peak when he arrives with a new team.
Folks, the A.L. East is going to be fun again. People who hate to see either the Red Sox or the Yankees in the playoffs may get their wish for the fourth time in six seasons to see one of them play golf this October.
There will be LOTS of reasons to circle the Rays arrival in Fenway AND Yankee Stadium in red.
Remember Red Sox fans… it’s OK to cheer Manny and Johnny when they play the Yankees. In fact, I think it will be a nice nostalgic feeling.