Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 10/8/12

The Tampa Bay Rays finished their season with a display of runs. But much like the rest of the season, if it weren’t for Evan Longoria’s three home run night during the final game of the season, it would have been another offensive outage for the Rays on the scoreboard. So how can the Rays fix that?

The team went a long way with what they have had to work with. They had minor league players in major league uniforms playing against the big boys of baseball. They won games by narrow margins due to great pitching and decent defense. But as we saw in many games this season, Tampa Bay lost too many close games due to a lack of run production.

Evan Longoria provided sparks when he was in the lineup. However, with him out of the lineup, the Rays went 41-44 during his D.L. stint from a hamstring injury. In the 74 games he did play in, Longoria recorded 55 RBI and hit 17 home runs with a .289 batting average which ranked him second on the team in his limited play.

But the Rays need to find other ways to produce runs outside of Evan Longoria.

The team ranked 18th in the majors and third to last in the American League for run production in 2012 with 697 runs.

The return of Carlos Peña and the acquisition of Luke Scott were complete busts.

Centerfielder B.J. Upton will most likely be in another uniform beginning next season.

Aside from thirdbase and pitching, every other position on the field can use an upgrade for the sake of some offense.

But will Executive VP Andrew Friedman make some moves to upgrade the offense this offseason? Pending the 2013 payroll, Tampa Bay may need to trade away some arms to get the offense they have been in need of.

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