The Tampa Bay Rays didn't slash payroll again this winter (there really wasn't much to slash).
Instead, they professed their love for No. 1 prospect Matt Moore with a generous contract extension.
Also, the front office brought back former Ray Carlos Pena on a one-year deal. He will outperform his predecessor, Casey Kotchman, in the home run and walks categories, but struggle, as always, to maintain a respectable batting average. Defense is pretty much a toss-up (both are excellent).
Manager Joe Maddon won't get much offense out of the catcher and shortstop positions regardless of whom he starts. Run-scoring could be inconsistent.
Fernando Rodney has joined the relief corps, though neither he, Kyle Farnsworth nor Joel Peralta are completely competent.
This team separates itself from the pack with its starting pitching.
Moore, Jeremy Hellickson, David Price and James Shields comprise a foursome of hurlers that is head and shoulders above what other AL East clubs have lined up.