Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/22/14
The Rays had a disappointing 2012 campaign, but that can largely be tied to the absence of one player: Evan Longoria, the team's superstar third baseman who played just 74 games. Being without an MVP candidate for half of the season isn't a good way to compete for a playoff spot, and considering that the Rays fell just three games shy of a playoff berth, Longoria's absence was an absolute crusher for the team. But that doesn't mean that his torn hamstring was the sole reason for the Rays' struggles...struggles that they'll try to correct in free agency this winter. Needs Center fielder BJ Upton is as good as gone, and while the Rays will likely replace him by shifting left fielder Desmond Jennings to center, they'll then need to fill Jennings' spot in left. First baseman Carlos Pena and DH Luke Scott are both also likely gone, though Scott may have his option picked up for 2013 at $6 million. The Rays also have some holes in the bullpen with Kyl...
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