Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/11/13
The Tampa Bay Rays have been the darling of MLB since they dropped the “Devil” out of their name. They have done a great job of developing young players who have made the team not only competitive, but up there with the likes of the best teams in the AL East division. They have made the playoffs 3 of the last 5 seasons, and managed to go 90-72 last season under manager Joe Maddon. General Manager Andrew Friedman has been shrewd in his decisions, deciding to rely on the influx of talent the Rays have in the minor leagues. That point was driven home by the off season trade of James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals. The deal brought over prized OF prospect Wil Myers as well as pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery. Yes, the future looks brighter and it can be said the Rays have a chance to get the best in this trade. But, added to the free agent losses of CF BJ Upton and Carlos Pena, how much of a step back do the Rays take in 2013? I think there should be mi...
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