"If we can get a bullpen back together, that can put us back into the 90-win category," Maddon said.
The Rays are slated to lose not only closer Rafael Soriano, but already lost Joaquin Benoit to the Tigers. Dan Wheeler is a free agent, as are Grant Balfour, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls, who all three turned down arbitration. The team also non-tendered Lance Cormier.
That leaves the Rays in need of a near-total bullpen restoration. Andy Sonnanstine is the lone carry-over from last season's bullpen.
"I don't think it's nearly impossible," Maddon said of rebuilding the bullpen, "but it's going to be challenging."
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