After the wild conclusion to the 2011 MLB season, one should be careful to avoid proclaiming a team “done” or “finished.” That said, the Tampa Bay Rays currently hold an 11 percent chance of advancing to the postseason, and with neither the Yankees nor Orioles (not to mention Detroit or Oakland) showing any signs of pulling a Bo-Sox, the fans and management alike will most likely shift their attention to the offseason in the coming weeks.
Tampa’s conclusion to the current season may have been different were it not for their placement in the AL East. Evan Longoria’s health issues certainly did not make playing in a suddenly four-deep division any easier.
The Rays will have some work to do in the offseason, but even without drastic changes, they should be in the position to contend for a playoff spot once again in 2013.
Here are four changes we may see in the winter months.