Found December 11, 2012 on NESN.com:
The names that they continually allow to walk out the door are impressive. The new faces they welcome in are almost always virtual unknowns or familiar ones that no one else wants around anymore. Yet the Tampa Bay Rays keep winning, year in and year out. With a payroll that always ranks among the stingiest in Major League Baseball, the Rays shouldn’t be able to contend as often as they do. Sure, teams that don’t spend money can occasionally hit on the right combination of players to have a good year, but winning consistently is a different animal altogether. But that’s the goal of every big-league GM: Put a team on the field every single year that has a chance to win it all. Of course, amazement at the Rays’ incredible success against improbable odds isn’t anything new. It’s been well documented that Tampa, led in the front office by Andrew Friedman and on the field by Joe Maddon, shouldn’t be winning with their resources, yet continues to annually. Monday’s trade of pitcher James S...
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