Tampa Bay Rays: Nine Bold Predictions for 2012

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Tampa Bay Rays: Nine Bold Predictions for 2012
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With the recent news that Carlos Pena has rejoined the Rays on a one-year deal after spending a year with the Chicago Cubs, the team's dynamic has seemingly changed for the better.

A clear upgrade over Casey Kotchman, Pena's solid defense, amazing clubhouse personality and blend of power and on-base percentage will be welcomed back.

He quickly became a fan favorite in Chicago, though the new regime is sold on Bryan LaHair for the short term and top prospect Anthony Rizzo for the long haul.

Coming off one of the greatest final-day dramatics in MLB history, the Rays could well have an even more exciting 2012.

Without further ado, here are nine bold predictions for 2012.

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