Tampa Bay Rays Notes: Overall Ranking, Carlos Pena, Prince Fielder, 2011 Review

ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 03: Infielder Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays fouls off a pitch against the Texas Rangers during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Here's the latest out of Tampa Bay, where Buster Olney ranks the team best overall (with the obvious "if they're healthy" caveat), potential trades with the Angels are proposed/speculated, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times looks at potential moves including bringing back Carlos Pena (among others), and the fans at DRaysBay review the moves of 2011:

  • Olney say the Rays are the best team in baseball - ESPN (Insider)
    "Look, the limitations for the Rays are inherent within the confines of their relatively miniscule payroll. A major injury to one of their core position players -- Longoria or Ben Zobrist -- would be crushing. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will probably add more before the trade deadline than the Rays, as they usually do. But the Rays' starting pitching makes them extremely dangerous, and as we sit here on New Year's Day 2012, the best team in the majors."
  • Possible Rays/Angels Trade? - BostonHerald.com
    "They’ll need to do so again this winter, but they’re at least dealing from a position of strength. The Rays have, without question, the deepest assemblage of young pitching in the game, and they’ll be trading an arm or two from their arsenal this winter to address an offense that scuffled for most of last year."
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