It's hard to call a team that's averaged 92 wins per season over the past six years with four playoff appearances "overachievers." But that's exactly what the Rays are year after year with a roster that's always put together with limited resources.
Despite three ALDS defeats in the past four seasons, the Rays will likely continue on the same path that has made them a perennial contender. After all, they've been one of the most successful teams in baseball since 2008.
And it's not like they have the ability to boost payroll very much. They have one of, if not the least, supportive fanbases in baseball. It's hard to reinvest in the team when customers aren't paying to see the product on the field.
While they aren't expected to pursue any big-name free agents or acquire any players with high salaries in a trade, the spotlight will be on them this winter as long as they don't come out and say "there's no way we're trading David Price this offseason."
Aside from Price possibly moving on in a deal that would net the team a bigger return than they got from Kansas City last offseason in the James Shields trade, expect a lot of bargain basement shopping by general manager Andrew Friedman as he tries to find the next Fernando Rodney or James Loney.
Here's everything you'll need to know before Friedman and the front office get started.