The Tampa Bay Rays want to get back to the World Series.
It is already too late for that to be a reality in 2013, so the team must look to next season with hope, optimism and a tight budget.
The Rays have a formula for wins in the regular season and need to bolster their team for postseason runs. They are the only team in the majors to win at least 90 games in each of the last four seasons. They made the playoffs in three of those seasons and were eliminated in the ALDS at home each time.
It is the same story for the Rays with a new cast of characters as they prepare for 2014. There are starting pitcher trade rumblings, comments from the owner about salary cuts due to low attendance and the stadium issue that will not go away until ground is broken for a replacement.
In order to build a team that can do more than just win 90 games, the Rays will need to continue to make smart offseason moves.
Here are five realistic moves the Rays should consider to field another winning team in 2014. The moves are selected based on team needs and potential contract values.
All statistics and salary numbers courtesy of baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.