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Thursday 14th Dec 2017

kevin kiermaier CATCHER: The Rays signed Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal more for 2018 than 2017.   Jesus Sucre is the primary backup.

 INFIELD: Brad Miller could move back to first base but he's better as a utilityman. If Matt   Duffy is finally healthy, he'll play, perhaps second base with Adeiny Hechavarria at   shortstop or maybe Duffy plays short with Miller at second. The only lock is Evan   Longoria at the hot corner.

 OUTFIELD: Kevin Kiermaier's leather keeps him in the lineup so long as he's healthy.   Steven Souza Jr. holds down one spot. Currently, Mallex Smith grabs the other, but that   could change. 

 DESIGNATED HITTER: Corey Dickerson could dabble in the outfield, or even first base, but his best position is DH.

BENCH: Daniel Robertson adds to the infield depth. The outfield reserves are currently scant. New readers - how many fantasy analysts do you know use the word scant?

Archer DFS 2017ROTATION: At last check, Chris Archer was still with the club. Jake Odorizzi, Blake Snell, Jacob Faria are set. The fifth spot could go to Matt Andriese but don't forget about Nathan Eovaldi, returning from TJS. Brent Honeywell and Jose DeLeon are long shots to break camp, but both could be a factor in-season.

BULLPEN: The Rays are likely to trade Alex Colome, leaving the closer competition to Brad Boxberger and... um... Dan Jennings? Andrew Kittredge, Austin Pruitt and Xavier Cedeno comprise an uncharacteristically pedestrian group.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: The Rays rely on home grown talent to compete with reinforcements are on the way. Honeywell was mentioned as a rotation piece, he could be a good one. Willy Adames is close and should contribute this season while outfielder Jake Bauers isn't far off. Shohei Ohtani may be a hot button topic but keep in mind Tampa has a two-way prospect in Brendan McKay, though he's a couple years away. 

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: The cost-conscious Rays aren't likely to make a big splash, but a power hitting first baseman, decent outfielder and bullpen help could be on the menu, either by trade (Archer, Colome) or free agency.

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