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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay Rays

The pitching depth of a champion is there, but the offensive firepower is not

Originally Published: September 8, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
LongoriaKim Klement/US PresswireAfter Evan Longoria, the Rays' lineup lacks a true power threat.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

Today we look at the Tampa Bay Rays. It's time to kiss 'em goodbye.


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