During the 2017 Major League Baseball season, one team that surprised a lot of people for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays compete in the very competitive American League East Division where they have to play against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. One of the biggest challenges that this team has is competing with the Yankees and Red Sox in terms of payroll. While the Yankees and Red Sox tend to have two of the largest payrolls in Major League Baseball, the Rays typically are among the lowest. While the team does not necessarily have the budget to compete for top free agents, they do still do very well on the field.
Last season, the Tampa Bay baseball team did much better than most people would have thought. While most believe that last year would have been a rebuilding year for the team, they ended up finishing nearly 500 by winning 80 games and losing 82. While last season was a good year for the team, some are skeptical that he Rays could repeat their success this year (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/tampa-bay-rays-2018-season-team-preview-mostly-cloudy-forecast/).
One of the main reasons why people are concerned about the team in the coming year is that they did lose a lot of their top players. While the trades may have been good moves for the long term, the team will be without Corey Dickerson, Evan Longoria, and Jake Odorizzi. Each of these players were traded for young talent that likely will be in the minors for a few more years.
While the Tampa Bay baseball team has lost a lot of their top talent, there is still plenty of reason for optimism in the future. After making these trades, the team has one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. While many of the top talented players are still several years away from reaching the big leagues, the team will likely once again bring up some fresh arms in young assets later this year.
Overall, most experts believe that the Rays will fall a bit in the standings. Not only are they a bit worse, but the other teams in their division seem to have taken a step forward. This could make it a tough year, but the Rays will certainly win their fair share of games.