- Jim Bowden, ESPN Insider
The Tampa Bay Rays have won at least 90 games five out of the past six seasons despite constant roster turnover because of financial constraints. Offseason after offseason they’ve watched players such as Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton depart as free agents or have had to trade top starting pitchers such as Matt Garza and James Shields. They owe much of this success to Joe Maddon, one of the game’s best managers, and Andrew Friedman, one of the shrewdest general managers around.
Unfortunately, this offseason will be no different. Expect some tough decisions regarding former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price as well as other major contributors such as closer Fernando Rodney, catcher Jose Molina, first baseman James Loney, outfielder Delmon Young and designated hitter Luke Scott.
Here is a quick glance at what lies ahead for the Rays this winter.