Rays manager Joe Maddon joined Booger and Rich to talk about the end of the 2013 season and the idea of seeing David Price get traded this offseason.
Maddon said absolutely this season was a success. There are different levels of success and the ultimate success would’ve been winning the World Series. Playing under the current circumstances Maddon said the team was great.
The biggest problem with the Rays this season according to Maddon was scoring runs. He said they will get better offensively, will get over that playoff hump and will be back to the World Series.
Many second guessed Maddon’s choice to start Jeremy Hellickson in Game 4 of the ALDS over Chris Archer. Maddon defended the move saying that Hellickson had plenty of rest and was the best option for that situation. Archer was over extended at the end of the season and didn’t pitch well against lefties.
Maddon also said that this team played to its maximum potential and they simply got beat by a better Red Sox team. Winning 90 plus games is a great accomplishment and Maddon said the team couldn’t have done too much more even if they changed some things.
The biggest offseason question is will David Price will get traded. Maddon said Andrew Friedman will have to make that decision and he hopes to have Price back because he’s an elite athlete. The reality is, however, that he may not be back.
Maddon addressed the critics and said that he wished they appreciate their process of how they retool each season more. He said it’s hard to consistently win 90 games when you lose players on an annual basis.
So how do the Rays improve? Maddon says he hopes his current players can get better and improve, especially offensively. He used Desmond Jennings as an example saying he’s one guy who’s gotten better since he’s been with the club. Maddon also emphasized that he has to platoon players and it bothers him when people don’t like and understand that.