The question is whether Mottola can solve this with the current players or are significant changes needed.
The realignment of the Rays infield was a very positive move
The addition of Duffy and moving Miller to first base gives the Tampa Bay Rays a talented player at each position.
All they needed was time together to learn to work as a team. Unfortunately, just as they were starting to click, it was announced that Duffy would be out for the season with minor surgery on his Achilles.
All of this throws a monkey wrench into the new look of the Ray’s infield.
It also raises questions as to whether Miller will return to shortstop causing two changes to the infield or whether Tim Beckham will be let out of the doghouse to play the position in Duffy’s absence.
And finally there is the annual September call up of minor leagues players.
Mahtook should play in the outfield every day and Shaffer should DH or play first on a regular basis.
The Rays appear to be making a legitimate effort to put together a team for next year but they need to work harder to straighten out the corner outfield positions and scour the market for a decent catcher.