Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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For the Tampa Bay Rays, this past offseason was one of addition and subtraction, of gains for the future and losses for the present. On the plus side, they locked up third baseman Evan Longoria with a handsome six-year, 100 million extension that solidifies the former junior college transfers place as an elite presence in the major leagues. However, they lost center fielder B.J. Upton in free agency to the Atlanta Braves after eight years with the franchise. That development leads to questions about how a lineup that ranked 18th in runs scored last season will fare without one of its most productive talents. The additions of Yunel Escobar, James Loney and Kelly Johnson are intriguing. But make no mistake: The Rays offensive threat will evolve around whether Longoria stays healthy and productive. After an offseason of gain and loss, Tampa Bay hopes to see plenty of advancement on the scoreboard.Projected lineupOF Desmond Jennings (.246 avg, 13 HR, 47 RBIs) He played a career-high 13...
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