Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 2/23/12
Normally, I feel sorry for the Tampa Bay Rays. Not this time. Oh, the Rays still face their usual low-revenue problems while trying to compete with the big-budget New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the AL East. But as the Rays try to pick their best five starting pitchers from a talented group of six, they should not expect a pity party -- particularly when the number of qualified candidates is more like eight. And when the Rays' rotation, no matter which pitchers are chosen, will be -- excuse the term -- an embarrassment of riches. In a perfect world, the Rays would trade right-hander Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann for a starting catcher, someone like the Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Hanigan. But the Rays spent the entire offseason trying to pull off such a move, and now they're thinking that maybe their surplus isn't so bad. "Things always have a tendency of working themselves out, whether it's via an injury or some type of setback, an acquisition, a departure," Rays pitching coac...
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