By Bill Pivetz @BPiv_Sports on March 24, 2014
Ever since dropping 'Devil' from the name, the Tampa Bay Rays have made great strides to become a contender in the AL East. The name change took place in 2008, and the Rays won the division and advanced to the World Series. The Rays have finished in the top three over the last six seasons. They have a great roster and manager to once again win the division.
1. Wil Myers -- He hit .293 with 13 HRs and 53 RBIs in 88 games. As the Rays' cleanup hitter, Myers will hit 25 home runs and 97 RBIs while still hitting close to .300.
2. Evan Longoria
3. Desmond Jennings -- The Rays' center fielder hit well in 2013. His 14 home runs were a career-high, but his .252 average was less than stellar. He is still a source of power and could anchor the bottom of the Rays' lineup.
4. Ben Zobrist
5. James Loney
1. David Price
2. Alex Cobb -- Cobb was pitching well before his injury last year. His arm should be fresh entering 2014 and is the team's No. 2 starter. He'll post a sub-3.00 ERA and a 9.0 K/9. The Rays should be excited for a full season from Cobb.
3. Matt Moore
4. Chris Archer -- Another young arm for the Rays, Archer is a scary No. 4 pitcher for opponents to face. He will be an important part of the rotation for years.
5. Grant Balfour
1. Grant Balfour -- He played with the Rays before, but after losing Fernando Rodney to free agency, he came back and will be the team's closer. At 36, injury is a concern, but he is the best option for the Rays,
2. Heath Bell
3. Ryan Hanigan -- Listed as the starting catcher, the Rays will rely on Hanigan to get on base as the ninth batter in the lineup. Hanigan can draw walks and has a career .359 OBP.
4. Nathan Karns
5 . Logan Forsythe
1. Jake Odorizzi -- He has the best chance to fill in for Jeremy Hellickson. His four-pitch repertoire can keep batters confused. A little work on keeping the ball low will go a long way for Odorizzi.
2. Andrew Toles
3. Hak-Ju Lee
4. Enny Romero
5. Taylor Guerrieri -- Guerrieri dominated low-A in his first season. He has a great fastball and a curveball. At 21, he won't be in the majors, but will be a name to watch next year.
The gap between the top and bottom teams in the AL East has closed greatly. The Rays have made smart moves and unloaded aging players in order to make the team better. Myers and Longoria are the top batters, and the pitching rotation is one of the best in the league. The Rays will be in contention all season.
Final record: 92-70
2nd in AL East, Wild Card winner
Will advance to the ALCS, but lose.
August 1, 2015 by Barry Holmes
By the Mets not making the Jay Bruce for Zack Wheeler trade, they were able to land Yoenis Cespedes and keep Wheeler. Read More
August 1, 2015 by William Chase
Amid many trade deadline rumors, the New York Yankees decided against trading key projects for big trades, and it's the right call. Read More
August 1, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser
With the distraction of the MLB trade deadline behind him, Starlin Castro is ready to return to form for the Cubs as they make their playoff push. Read More
There weren't a ton of blockbuster trades this MLB trade deadline, but there were plenty of significant deals. Here were the 10 biggest that went down. Read More
August 1, 2015 by Michael Terrill
The Toronto Blue Jays are easily the biggest winner at the MLB trade deadline. Read More
Find out which teams have a better chance at a deep postseason run after succeeding at the deadline. Read More
Find out which teams are in worse shape after the trade deadline and failed to reach their goals Read More
July 31, 2015 by Barry Holmes
With the Mets primed for a postseason run, Yoenis Cespedes was acquired. Whether he is there next year is the real question. Read More